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    1917 rifle build

    I just watched a video on youtube "M1917 from forge to finish". youtube.com/watch?v=39wM-lzDWE4. Has anyone else seen it or am I just late to the party on this one? And what is "Slushing" the rifles?
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    I seen it. Enjoyed watching as well.
    Slushing, looks to be warm cosmolineicon dipping/preservation.

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    Here's a live link...

    Regards, Jim

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    Slushing Info

    This is a link to 23 page govt report from 1920 I found on the interweb on sluhsing oils, interesting read but warning it is very slow to load

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    Great short film. I believe the film was made at the same time in April 1918 at the Eddystone Rifle Plant as the National Archive has US Army Signal Corp photos showing the same individuals as in the film. The one point of interest that I noted in the film is the process for clocking the barrels into the receivers by hand wrench and vise. There was speculation that the crack Eddystone receivers were from he use of hydraulic presses used in the construction of the rifles. Obviously that is not the case at Eddystone itself. The problem looks to be elsewhere in the life of the receiver and rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fjruple View Post
    The problem looks to be elsewhere in the life of the receiver and rifle.
    Like...the inexperienced doing a barrel job?
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Like...the inexperienced doing a barrel job?
    we all start somewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by fjruple View Post
    Great short film. I believe the film was made at the same time in April 1918 at the Eddystone Rifle Plant as the National Archive has US Army Signal Corp photos showing the same individuals as in the film. The one point of interest that I noted in the film is the process for clocking the barrels into the receivers by hand wrench and vise. There was speculation that the crack Eddystone receivers were from he use of hydraulic presses used in the construction of the rifles. Obviously that is not the case at Eddystone itself. The problem looks to be elsewhere in the life of the receiver and rifle.
    When I first saw this video I thought it was Eddystone for two different reasons than yours - the stock cut for the bolt handle and the black workers.

    On Youtube the poster of the video states in the comments section that the plant is Winchester, however.

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    Well, I do not know where he got Winchester but I have attached a Signal Corp photo of the "slushing" job at Eddystone. You will note the same people on the left side of the slushing tank. It appears that several of the military ordnance officers wants to get into the photo and not to get their hands dirty. Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fjruple View Post
    Well, I do not know where he got Winchester but I have attached a Signal Corp photo of the "slushing" job at Eddystone. You will note the same people on the left side of the slushing tank. It appears that several of the military ordnance officers wants to get into the photo and not to get their hands dirty. Enjoy.
    The poster gave no source, as such it is possible it is 100% Eddystone or an amalgamation of production at Eddystone, and Winchester. Heck, maybe even Remington is in there.

    Thank you for posting the photo of slushing!

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