Re: Remington 1917 enfield question
It is relatively straightforward to rework the trigger guard by cutting off the forward extension of the trigger guard ahead of the magazine surround and welding it back in line, at least I did it that way when I built a .264 Winmag sporter on a Winchester US1917 action. if gas torch welded with 4130 welding rod when finished the weld won't show any color difference, same for welding a different or reworked bolt handle. It is hard to find 4130 welding rod, but narrow strips from some .032 4130 sheet works fine and that is readily available from aircraft suppliers in small pieces by mail order.
I won't guarantee the Remington action is identical alloy to the Winchester, but it probably is, perhaps someone knows differently. The Eddystone's are different
The Dayton-Traister speedlock and trigger work very well on these rifles. I talked to them a few weeks ago, inquired whether their current production offers any improvement over the parts I bought in 1960, they said it's pretty much the same thing. It converts the action to cock-on-opening and greatly speeds the lock time, and their trigger works reliably at 1 lb. setting.
If I had known in 1958 what I have learned since, I would have bought the Remington rifle, because the receiver bridge doesn't require a plug. You could get an Eddystone for $24.95, $5 more would get your choice of Remington or Winchester. How times change. The barrel I got was pretty rough, led me to rebarrel it, and the .264 was the hot setup, it still is an excellent caliber, very good compromise between very long killing range on medium game and moderate recoil, but if you stay with a caliber that has the same head diameter as the -06, the magazine rework is much simpler
Last edited by Old Steve; 01-14-2011 at 03:27 AM..