View Full Version : How to cut US M1917 receiver for one piece base?

March 2, 2005, 07:41 PM

I recently purchased a Remington US Model 1917 that had been crudely sporterized a long time ago. The ears had been cut off the rear bridge, then they were filed down and a small spring steel peep was screwed in. I spoke to a local smith who siad he could cut the rear bridge identical to a model 30 and then any bases for the model 30 could be used.

After consulting the bible (the Brownells catalog) I noted that under the Weaver base listings, it provides several variations of these receivers, i.e. M1917 cut like Rem 30, Rem 721 and Winchester 70. I did not have any idea that these receivers could be cut to have the same profile as a model 70. Since I would really like to use one of the premium steel one piece bases anyway (Smith, Badger), I would like to know if anyone has personal experience with this - Can the 1917 be cut so that model 70 scope mounts will fit properly and who would be the qualified smith to perform this job?


Harry Bonar
March 3, 2005, 09:45 AM
Dear Shooter:
If you have confidence in your local smith go with him.