Re: what is a eddiestone rifle
All you gentlemen are correct. Just prior to WW1 the British decided to develop a new military cartridge. Remington got the contract for a Pattern 14 rifle chambered for a .275 cartridge, very similar to our .270 Winchester cartridge, and built is at their plant at Eddystone Pa. near Philadelphia. However shortly after that WW1 began and rather than tolerate the problem of trying to supply two different cartridges, they decided to stay with the .303 British rimmed cartridge. Notice the similarity between the stock of the "Enfield" and the SMLE. When we entered WW1, Springfield armory couldn't supply enough rifles, and all it took was a change of chambered barrels, and we had the U.S. Rifle Model 1917. Sgt. York of Tenessee used a Model 1917 rifle very effectively in WW1. The action is extremely strong. Some gunsmiths have used them for the .458 Winchester, only modifying the rails for good feeding of the fat cartridge. Unlike the Springfield 1903, the bolt handle doesn't have to be bent to accomodate a 'scope, and it has a very positive safety. I prefer it to most safeties on modern rifles. After WW1, Remington continued to make this rifle, calling it their Remington Model 30. I have one with a custom stock and a barrel chambered for the .375 H&H. With a scope it weighs slightly over 9 pounds and is surprisingly comfortable to shoot. No more noticeable recoil than my issue '03 Springfield.