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1917 Eddystone

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Dan70, Sep 11, 2004.

  1. Dan70

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    I found a 1917 Eddystone in a pawn shop today. Trying to find out what it is worth.
    The wood is dinged up pretty good no big dents and no visible cracks. It's pretty dirty but what you can see of the finish looks pretty good. Bore again very dirty but rifleing looks good.
    Don't have the man. date because I don't know where it is. Serial # is 460XXX.
    Bolt # doesn't match. Overall I'd say very good condition for a rifle this old.

    Not sure what it's worth but pretty sure it is a very good deal. Marked at $79 and put on layaway for $60.

    So how did I do?
    Thanks Dan
  2. Dan70

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    One more thing. Are these safe to fire with current ammo?
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    Even rough ones sell around here for $150-200. Have a gunsmith check the headspace.
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    If you are good at cleaning the wood and metal it's a good buy. Made much more presentable it can be sold for a profit.
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    Minn-eeee-sota, ya, sure, you bet!
    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.
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    Thanks for all the info. Will definately have checked by smith before firing. But if everything checks out it will be fired a lot. Again Thanks. Dan
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