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    Some photo's to go with the story... couple items of note. The bolt looks to have very little use. The screws are mostly un-molested, some showing no tool marks. The bore...sorry I can't take a good bore photo (but I'm going to practice 'til I can)...the bore is mirror bright with strong rifling....very, very pretty bore.
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    Nice clean rifle with very little detraction. Lower number which I personally find desirable. Good catch...
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Nice clean rifle with very little detraction. Lower number which I personally find desirable. Good catch...
    Thank you, sir! Couple items I forgot to mention / photograph. The barrel is an August 18 Winchester, the front and rear sights and parts are Winchester, the United Shoe Bolt has a mix of Remington & Eddystone parts (is that normal, or did USMC make the innards too?). She's still a mix-master, but I'm tickled to have her. Still needs a deep cleaning as there was, and still is, a lot of cosmolineicon on her. Haven't had the stock off, just clean it from the outside. Seems like some BLOicon on the inside might help balance the protection and generally help the walnut. Want to disassemble the bolt and clean it too, everything is "sticky".

    Speaking of which, am I on the right track? I want to shoot her, but a thorough cleaning, visual receiver inspection, and re-oiling an old, possibly dry, military stock seem in order. If I'm missing the boat (like "never use BLOicon inside a '17" or "leave that bolt alone!"), PLEASE let me know.

    Thanks! zacmp

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    The fine parts and who made them I'll leave for the others that rhyme this off in their sleep. The oiling of the wood is simple, when they were new the factory used a bath for that. The stocks were submerged in a warm bath and then allowed to drip dry. The duration of both varied with time frame and country. Rest assured the whole stock was submerge oiled...

    The bolt can be detailed stripped and varsol cleaned. Re oil and re assemble. Then it'll be the same as a man would do in daily cleaning. Grease is fine inside too...but I think un needed. YMMV...
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    This is exciting! I'm pulling the trigger on a 12/17 with a 11/17 barrel Eddystone 17 in the next week when the seller returns. I currently live in Phoenix, but prior to AZ I spent a lot of time and made a lot of memories in Philadelphia, so Eddystone is the ticket for me. Can't wait to post my story of her!
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    I own 48 vintage military rifles at present and shoot them all. The only one I've managed a "100" score at 100 yds is my Remington 1917 with a JA barrel.

    Sweet shooting rifle and just fits me well.




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    I've always wondered what shape that combo was in. That bayonet is awesome. For reference I have a winchester '17 #374809 with a 7-18 dated barrel and canadian markings from ww11

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    I graduated from Eddystone High School and yes- I do have have an all matching Eddystone 1917.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie5070 View Post
    I've always wondered what shape that combo was in. That bayonet is awesome. For reference I have a winchester '17 #374809 with a 7-18 dated barrel and canadian markings from ww11
    10-4 Jamie...the only thing (and I mean ONLY thing) old man Smithy said was "it's a nice one"...and grunted under his breath is a more accurate description! Nice no. on your Winchester, our '17s are almost twins... Funny note, my 374024 has a Winchester barrel, but it's August if I remember right.

    If this stupid weather would ever get under 8,000 degrees, I'd LOVE to put some rounds down range.

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    Haven't made it to the range in ages. I'm tired of the heat all ready and summer has just started. Will have to wait for fall for some decent weather.

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