Re: help me out on value of inherited gun?
Well, first off congratulations on the new rifle. Look at the stock for any stamps in the wood. These are called cartouches. Check the bore for rust or pitting. You can Google the 1917 for the whole story, but the short version is that the Bristish version of this rifle, the P14 in .303, was being produced under contract for the British in this country just prior to WW1. After we entered the war, we adopted this rifle chambered in 30-06 to fill in for the shortages of the 1903 Springfield. These rifles were made at two arsenals. Eddystone in Eddystone, Pennsylvania and Winchester. The Winchester 1917 brings a little more money, but they are identical other than the markings. They were made by the millions and are strong strong guns. They served admirably throughout the war and then were arsenal reworked for the most part and then sent over seas as lend lease arm to our allies. A little heavier and not having quiet the gracefull handling qualities of the venerable 1903, but a strong and capable battle rifle for sure. Do not refinish it, sand it, or try to polish it up. You are just sanding the money off of it if you do. People that like these sort of things (like me) don't take a like'en to that kind of thing when it comes time to open their wallets. Without looking at it and being able to examine how much originality still exists and the current condition. You are probably looking at between $450.00 and $800.00. Condition is everything.
Take care of it and enjoy.
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Last edited by eka; 01-10-2009 at 07:53 PM..