Ole tried n true.

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  1. velocette

    velocette Silver $$ Contributor

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    Was trying some ladder loads with my sporterised '17 Enfield. Tried some 168 Sierra Match Kings with Vihtavouri N 150. What a disaster. It shot patterns of 3 ~ 4". Then tried some SMK 155 Palma bullets with good ole, IMR 4895 got nice groups of about 7/8". Then tried some 168 SMKs with venerable IMR 4895 & got 8 rds into 5/8". (all groups C-C) (45.5 gr)
    This rifle was made in 1917 and re barrelled in about 1938 +/- with a US GI High Standard barrel.
    It has been thoroughly sporterised, free floated, Pillar & Epoxy bedded all by hand.
    Old type powder, old rifle and an elderly shooter.
    Never expected it to shoot so well. Lucky this time I guess.
     

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  2. joshb

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    That’s wonderful! I like to shoot the old guns too, every once in a while. Must be something in the air. A few days ago, I pulled out my old Swede M38 and loaded some rounds for it. Then I did the same for an old FN 222. Today I started on a Remington 788 in 6mm Rem. The cases are in the tumbler as I write this. An old gun range day is in the near future!
     
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  3. Bill K

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    That is a fine looking Oldie but Goodie.. :)
     
  4. butchlambert

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    My Mod17 Enfield is the nicest rifle that I own. Yours is very nice.
     
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    It was thoroughly sporterized by some one who did a nice job! I once fixed up a Remington in 222 mag for a son of the original owner. I was missing the grip cap that I could not find an original replacement for. The owner allowed me to put a wood grip cap and forend tip on it and I used a piece of Paducah (I think). It when finished looked a lot like yours. Beautiful gun you should be proud of it and the groups you are shooting with it!!!!
     
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    What a gorgeous example of a fine, reliable antique! And still shoots as good as it looks.
     
  7. CharlieNC

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    I like old crap too, which encompass most of my chronies.
     
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  8. velocette

    velocette Silver $$ Contributor

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    ebb; Thank you for the complement. That person was me. Over a years worth of work, all by hand, no power tools at all. Files, sand paper, planes, Minwax Antique oil finish and steel wool with a Richard's Microfit (Not even close) stock. Only thing I did not do was the blue of the metal parts and the checkering which was done by the woman that did many of Kimber or Oregon's rifles.
     
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    I want one of the classic 03 springfield conversions in a bad way. One of the real nice ones from the 50’s or so
     
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    Beautiful rifle and work. Barlow
     
  11. corsair4360

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    I have a similar 1917 Enfield (metal work). The stock is no where near as nice as yours. Great rifles. Mine was sporterized in the late 1970's, very similar to yours now. IMG_0445.JPG The picture is of my 1917 and an original 1917 my brother has
     
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    luck. yup. :)
     
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    what a beautiful rifle! It sure shoots good and so does the oldie behind it.
    oldie- Mark
     
  14. drags

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    I have a 1917 sporterized Enfield with a Balvar 8 scope mounted I bought from an estate the owner was a friend and mentor and I wanted one of his rifles. the rifle hadn't been fired since his son came home from Vietnam and took it doe hunting in Pa. the owner customized the military stock and adjusted or replaced the military trigger and it breaks at a crisp 2 Lbs. I loaded some 125 Sierra bullets and took it out to sight it in and it was still right on so I shot a group at 100 yards and it was just under 1 inch I then tried 2 more different loads 125 speer tnt and 125 STMK and the both shot under an inch at 100 yards. What stock is on your rifle?
    Drags
     
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    I believe he may have carved it himself.
     
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    You can make them shoot very well. First one is a 308 Win, 5 shots at 100. I guess I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with building on the M1917 platform. These are just a couple. I've gotten better over time. Your stock has some nice figure to it. I've seen a lot of those old GI barrels shoot fairly well.
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  17. mauser284

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    Yes! I think a lot of people are influenced far too much with what the BR crowd get's up too! Sadly that lot has almost ZERO carry over to actual hunting rifle and old Milsurp rifles. Everyone wants to jump on modern powders and bullet shapes and often that sort of thinking does not produce the outcome people are looking for. When people do not get the outcome they desire they often fail to report this to other's and so the pattern repeats over and over and over again!
     
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    The dimensions of new barrels of modern machining do not follow the same norms they did in the 1930's! LOL It matters!
     
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    I had a hankering for one,my Son surprised me with this one...my pics do not do it justice .

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    Looks to be a Springfield 03.
     

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