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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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