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    Yes, by all means it's a long and heavy rifle and even longer with bayonet attached. I'm retired and would never have to sling one on and patrol anymore. Just sit here and remember all the warriors who humped these rifles all over Europe. I'm pretty happy to have this rifle and will fire some rounds downrange soon.

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    My first milsurp was a sporterized 1917 eddystone. I got it when I was 16 and still have it, 40+ years latter. It still shoots great. Mine was a commercial, sporterized gun. I'm going to put into a nice stock for the fun of it.

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    Dont be this guy!

    This is my 1917 that I purchased in 1984. When I got it she was in an NRA stock and was very crudely sporterised. Hacksaw marks were still where the ears were and both front and rear sights were off center. The rifle itself is a Winchester December 1918 build that was never issued. There was a group of unissued rifles that were sold through the NRA in the 1920's with everything needed to sporerise it. A ramped front sight, a Redfield peep for the rear and the stock all you had to do was put it together. Well whoever this guy was he definitely qualified as Bubba long before it was a terminology used in this hobby.

    This stock came with my Remington P14 in it. I decided to find a proper Remington P14 stock for that and dropped the 1917 into this one. With a little shimming at the end under the barrel it quickly became one of the most accurate rifles I own and significantly more accurate than it was in the sporter stock. The rifle had very little use before I owned it and the bore was as-new when I bought it. I consider it to be a quasi M1918 sniper tribute making the most out of what it is.

    My point being don't do this to yours. There are plenty butchered like this one out in the world, find one of those to customize...Please!
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    No worries on modifying anything, I'm a leave them as issued type of guy. I have other Hunting rifles that are purpose built from the start. I have no desire to screw up military weapons.

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    I have a 100yrd rifle shooting bench off my back deck. I took this 1917 and fired some rounds downrange and just fell in love with it! It is a very easy shooting rifle! I enjoyed it and didn't even notice firing it at first without my ear muffs. The trigger was great, easy and very smooth to take up the trigger slack, then pause to recheck the sight picture, then one crisp trigger pull. No wonder this rifle model was liked so much! With just open sights and my old eyes the grouping was still within a 3 inch diameter. I am very happy with it!

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    Beautiful rifle Sir, My 1917 Winchester is by far my favorite 30-06. They are great shooters.

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    I finally got a chance to handle a few 1917s at the huge Louisville show last week. I will definitely have to get myself one. They feel great and are a man’s rifle for sure. The last rifle I looked at was priced right but was a Winchester in .303 and I’d rather have an Eddystone in .30-06. Hope I find one as nice as the op’s.
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    These rifles are great to shoot. If you put a Parker Hale PH5 rear target sight on them, with a good barrel they are tack drivers. Enjoy your rifle!

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    Came across 2 very nice early Winchester 1917s in .30-06 at the Raleigh show today. One for 1600.00 and one for 2300.00. Too rich for my blood. Besides I would rather have a Remington Eddystone. The hunt continues.

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    Just watched Bloke on the Range do a Mad Minute with a 1917. Something that I was curious about given the dogleg bolt handle. Appears that you can. I run my Krags and ‘03s that way at my clubs BAM shoots. His splits between shots were basically the same between his Enfield times and 1917 times but had some slow 1917 reloads fighting with his stripper clips. Very interesting comparison.
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