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    Canadian M1917 restoration

    Hi everyone, just wanted to share my latest restoration.

    I started with a Canadianicon stamped Eddystone complete action I found. At first I only planned to slap any barrel I could find onto it an sell it for a tiny profit.



    After finding the perfect sporter donor barreled action I started to think this may be a permanent fixture in my collection.

    The barrel came off of a receiver that had the ears crudely removed but no holes drilled for scope mounting. The barrel was surprisingly like new, full length and hadn't had any rear sight mounted. The date happened to line up with my receiver as well. (08-18)

    That barrel had to be the hardest barrel I have ever tried to remove and I have had some doozies, but this one blew them away. I almost cut the receiver off of it but finally got it before going that route.

    With a light skim in the lathe the barrel timed very nicely and I installed it with no further incidents.

    As the action was complete I was able to check headspace right away and it sits at 2 thou over min so it was a relief after the grief the barrel removal gave me.

    Figuring I would never find a Canadian stamped stock I still was on the fence if I was going to keep it.

    As luck would have it, a buddy found me a beautiful Canadian stock and that sealed its fate in my collection.

    All that's left is hand guards and sling swivels and she back to her old glory.




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    That's looking very nice...a very fitting marriage for both components.
    I'd give my left *+" for a stock like that, I guess I'll keep the search going.
    Anyhow very nice.




    QUOTE=jonh172;447412]Hi everyone, just wanted to share my latest restoration.

    I started with a Canadianicon stamped Eddystone complete action I found. At first I only planned to slap any barrel I could find onto it an sell it for a tiny profit.
    https://www.milsurps.com/images/impo...knxxxpng-1.jpg
    https://www.milsurps.com/images/impo...rmzy8png-1.jpg

    After finding the perfect sporter donor barreled action I started to think this may be a permanent fixture in my collection.

    The barrel came off of a receiver that had the ears crudely removed but no holes drilled for scope mounting. The barrel was surprisingly like new, full length and hadn't had any rear sight mounted. The date happened to line up with my receiver as well. (08-18)

    That barrel had to be the hardest barrel I have ever tried to remove and I have had some doozies, but this one blew them away. I almost cut the receiver off of it but finally got it before going that route.

    With a light skim in the lathe the barrel timed very nicely and I installed it with no further incidents.

    As the action was complete I was able to check headspace right away and it sits at 2 thou over min so it was a relief after the grief the barrel removal gave me.

    Figuring I would never find a Canadian stamped stock I still was on the fence if I was going to keep it.

    As luck would have it, a buddy found me a beautiful Canadian stock and that sealed its fate in my collection.

    All that's left is hand guards and sling swivels and she back to her old glory.

    https://www.milsurps.com/images/impo...vfva0alm-1.jpg
    https://www.milsurps.com/images/impo...4ddxjjjh-1.jpg
    https://www.milsurps.com/images/impo...zpjdll7r-1.jpg[/QUOTE]

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    Thanks Bros!

    I got very lucky!
    I was negotiating a deal with my buddy for parts and wood and he just came across this stock on a mismatched rifle and offered it to me.

    Just so so lucky

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    And then you need a canadian marked bayonet to go with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie5070 View Post
    And then you need a canadian marked bayonet to go with it.
    I did!
    A nice RCAF with lots of C stamps!
    Pics soon

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    Just an update.
    I have finally acquired all of the parts needed to get this rifle complete.
    I am just in the process of trying to colour match the handguards to the stock.
    The handguards are birch and are very light in colour so darkening to an aged walnut stock is proving difficult.

    Pictures once the stain has dried

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    Beautiful Work Sir.


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    All finished!
    Carrying a Canadianicon RCAF bayonet made by Winchester.

    Jon

    https://i.imgur.com/Qt4L0DR.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/CydCZdj.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/bF0t8UO.jpg

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    I thought I'd put up your finished rifle pic so it doesn't get lost later... Looks good. Click on the arrow/box and it comes up so big you can see the broad arrow in the butt.
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    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I thought I'd put up your finished rifle pic so it doesn't get lost later... Looks good. Click on the arrow/box and it comes up so big you can see the broad arrow in the butt.
    Thanks for that!!

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