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Old December 11, 2008, 09:43 PM   #1
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I have an old 30-06 that my grandfather gave me. It has no manufactures name on it. the barrel is 27 inches long, the gun is 46 1/2 inches long. The front sights are pressed on over the top of the barrel 1/2 inch back from the end of the barrel. There are 4 markings just below the front sight that are a capital W then 2 different figures and the symbol 8-17. There is also different symbols stamped down towards the bolt. Does anyone know the make and year model of this.
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Old December 11, 2008, 10:09 PM   #2
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I'm not nearly an expert on proof or import marks. Can you post some pics? That would make the job a lot easier.
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Old December 11, 2008, 10:10 PM   #3
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Off the top of my head it could be some sort of 1917 enfield...

Doest it have a "dog leg" bolt? That would be a dead giveaway.

But there is no way to tell without a picture.

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Old December 11, 2008, 10:29 PM   #4
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In the "curio and relic" section of this forum you will find pictures of various old military rifles that may clue you in. If this were a guessing game i'd say an 03 springer.
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Old December 11, 2008, 11:29 PM   #5
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Sounds like a WWI Model of 1917 US. Enfield Rifle, made by winchester, (others were Remington & Eddystone)

The front ring of the actionm where front of bolt disappears, try laying piece of paper ther and rubbing the side of the point of a lead pencil. And see if there any marking that show-up.

Look at the bolt handle for markings "W" ,"E", "R" or "USMC".
Anything also that looks like an "eagle head"?
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Old December 12, 2008, 05:48 AM   #6
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Most probably, the 8-17 marking on the barrel just below the sight tells you that the barrel was made in August of 1917, What do the markings look like? A would be a great help.
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Old December 12, 2008, 06:42 AM   #7
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Does it look like this?

This is a Winchester Receiver Model of 1917 with a JA barrel. "Re-Arsenaled" in WWII or so I have been told.

On the top of the receiver, there should be some manufacturer's name.

Like this:

That paper and pencil rubbing idea is a good one.
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