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Old July 25th, 2020, 01:12 PM #1
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Remington M1917 opinions

Asking for just that - worth buying? Iíve been interested in a bolt gun in 30-06 to keep my Garand company, and I see a Remmie available.

I donít quite have the scratch for a 1903 currently, and I like the Enfield style action, so itís a definite Ďmaybeí on this newly found old rifle.

So letís hear about it!


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Remington and Winchester 1917 rifles are the most desirable...Eddystone somewhat less so.
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I have one, it was sporterized in the late 40's so with less stock mass it kicks like a mofo. Even with walmart remington .30-06 hunting rounds I can put 5 shots into a 3" circle @ 100 yds.. for a 103 year old 'beater' it is good enough for me.

One thing I do like about the 1917 is the safety position/setup and being a cock on close vs a mauser cock on open. You can store it with the bolt pushed forward into the receiver and flip the safety on to hold it there.
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Asking for just that - worth buying? Iíve been interested in a bolt gun in 30-06 to keep my Garand company, and I see a Remmie available.

I donít quite have the scratch for a 1903 currently, and I like the Enfield style action, so itís a definite Ďmaybeí on this newly found old rifle.

So letís hear about it!


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Great shooting rifles, I had a Winchester for some time, all a matter of price and ultimately if you feel itís a good value.
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This one is sporterized, it's got a decent target/hunting stock on it but definitely not original. It also does not have what look like Enfield sights, so I don't know... The rifle really looks like a later production commercial version, but I don't know if Remington actually made any of those. I'm going to have to go back and look at it again, what should I look for on there to figure out what exactly the deal is?

And the asking price is extremely low (< $500) so I'm a little leery of it, but if it's likely to be a good shooter it might be worth picking up.
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This one is sporterized, it's got a decent target/hunting stock on it but definitely not original. It also does not have what look like Enfield sights, so I don't know... The rifle really looks like a later production commercial version, but I don't know if Remington actually made any of those. I'm going to have to go back and look at it again, what should I look for on there to figure out what exactly the deal is?

And the asking price is extremely low (< $500) so I'm a little leery of it, but if it's likely to be a good shooter it might be worth picking up.

Sporterized 1917's don't go for much, couple hundred bucks. Remington did have a commercial model of the 1917, Remington Model 30, some of those can be very desirable, you may be looking at a Model 30.

https://www.rockislandauction.com/de...odel-30-rifles
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This one is sporterized, it's got a decent target/hunting stock on it but definitely not original. It also does not have what look like Enfield sights, so I don't know... The rifle really looks like a later production commercial version, but I don't know if Remington actually made any of those. I'm going to have to go back and look at it again, what should I look for on there to figure out what exactly the deal is?

And the asking price is extremely low (< $500) so I'm a little leery of it, but if it's likely to be a good shooter it might be worth picking up.
If nothing’s been permanently changed (ex. barrel cut) it can be restored with correct parts and would be indistinguishable. That’s what I did with mine, it had a chopped stock and barrel bands had been removed and missing. I was able to find an original unmolested stock and simply put it on.

Here’s my time machine thread on it from 10yrs ago:

https://www.mdshooters.com/showthrea...013#post893013
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The US Model of 1917 is my favorite 30-06. It's also my only 30-06. Shoots great, recoil isn't bad, and you can run any 30-06 loads through it. If I ever go hunting again, I'm tempted to pack this one with me. And if I go feral pig hunting with it, I'll affix the bayonet to it.
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I like the rifle and the action. If I was ever going to get a dedicated hunting rifle I'd look for one that had been bubba'd.

The only down side is the length. They are a bit longer than most rifles out there, so if you have the shelf in your safe configured for your longest rifle you may need to reconfigure or leave your new possession leaning out a bit.
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