Re: 1917 Eddystone
You did just fine Dan. Many people feel that the M1917 Enfield was a better battle rifle than the M1903 Springfield.....and one of them was General "Black Jack" Pershing. He ordered that front-line troops be issued the 1917 and that the 1903's be issued to secondary troops.
In fact, Sgt. Alvin York, in his diary, mentions that when they were moving up to "the front", they had to turn in their Springfields and were issued Enfields.
The Standard Catalog of Military Firearms values the 1917 at:
V.G. - $450
Good - $375
Fair - $150
Poor - $100
And yes, the 1917 is a very strong action, and, if in good condition, should be able to handle any current .30-06 load.
HOWEVER....this is an old rifle, and you don't know what's been done to it, so best to have it checked out by a gunsmith before firing.