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Old November 14, 2010, 11:48 AM   #1
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Eddystone question

I was given an Eddystone 1917 Enfield...The barrel has no markings whatsoever. Was told it is a 30-06. It will chamber a round. Any recommendations or suggestions?
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Old November 14, 2010, 12:26 PM   #2
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Yeah keep it orginial or "as issued". Plenty of cheap comerical actions out there. They dont make any more old WWI Military Rifles any more.

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Old November 14, 2010, 05:44 PM   #3
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If it has no caliber marking it is probably the original barrel and should be .30-'06. But many of those guns were rebarrelled or rechambered for other cartridges so I strongly suggest doing a chamber cast if in doubt.

(Any gunsmith rebarrelling or rechambering a rifle should mark the new caliber prominently on the barrel, but some did not bother.)

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Old November 14, 2010, 08:18 PM   #4
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But many of those guns were rebarrelled or rechambered for other cartridges
Very true and I understand that the NRA has this documentation.
I have one that was converted to 7MM Remingtom barrel and barrel is stamped accordingly. I have also seen an original barrel that was not marked except with an (E) but no caliber. I know for a fact, that it was a .30 06.

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Old November 14, 2010, 10:05 PM   #5
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Numrich sold aftermarket barrels with 6 groove RH twist rifling in the white that were unmarked. They also had no extractor or sight cuts, requiring those be done upon installation.
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Old November 15, 2010, 11:35 AM   #6
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Since the rifles were cheap and the action is quite strong, the Model 1917 was gunsmithed all over the place, including by Remington, which used surplus M1917 receivers, bolts, and other parts to make its Model 30, 30S and 720 rifles.

A favorite caliber was .308 Norma Magnum, which I understand was developed specifically to allow rechambering of the Model 1917 with few or no other changes. The result is that determining the caliber of any M1917 that might have been altered is not easy.

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