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    Worse assemblages than that were fielded for front line service. Sort of looks like a poor man's M1918 sniper as I think someone mentioned, but those had a custom stock and of course a special and particularly impractical Winchester scope.
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    Interesting rifle to say the least. Early Winchester M1917 that was inspected and found to be compatible with other manufacturers of the M1917 by the circle with a star stamped on the receiver, barrel probably predates January 1918 if it has not been replaced. It appears to have been rebuilt at some point and has a replacement Eddystone safety. It looks like someone took a Weaver Scope and Redfield Junior scope mount from a M1903A4 Sniper rifle and machined the receiver and scope mount to to fit Thus destroying several nice pieces of history.

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    It has a Johnson Automatic barrel on it.

    I knew that star meant something, thanks for reminder! It is a shame the ears were ground off. Just pretty much kills any chance of being restored.

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    Shooter

    It would appear that what you have is a shooter, or parts. Those JA barrels have been known to be accurate...and gently worn, if worn at all. Shoot first, you could have a tack driver; if not, you do have an interesting collection of parts...My $.02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Woodman View Post
    you do have an interesting collection of parts....
    An interesting collection indeed!
    Total purchase price was about $175.

    After selling fees I was able to net:
    Scope Mount:$73
    Scope rings:$55
    Scope:$765
    Sling:$169
    Rifle:$185

    I could have done a little better by breaking the rifle up further but it was the last item to sell so I wasn't too concerned with milking out more money.

    So I profited a bit over $1k. I wish I could say these type of wins are more common...and that I didn't immediately spend the proceeds on more 1903 Sporters...but I can't

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    Make a slurry of baking soda and water. Drop your sling in and slosh it around and let it soak for five minutes. Take a soft bristled scrub brush to it and when your done rinse it and run it through the slurry again for five minutes. Rinse really, really well and dry. If that doesn't get the smell out, it's not the sling.


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