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Old 02-09-2004, 11:43 AM
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Winchester 1917 Enfield to 338-06


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I have always wanted a 338-06. I just traded for a custom Win 1917 Enfield with the original barrel. It looks like a very nice stock and a Timney trigger. I have only seen the picture so far. Is this rifle suitable for an inexpensive rebarrel to 338-06? I'm in just over $200 so far. I was thinking A & B, blue or SS. Any suggestions on reasonable gunsmiths? Thanks.

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Old 02-09-2004, 12:35 PM
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Rebarrel? Yes.

Inexpensive? Doubt it.

Problem is the square barrel threads, they are not easy to cut, and I doubt if you will find any off-the-shelf 'short chambered' barrels for that action. It also has a huge receiver ring... meaning that not all aftermarket barrels might fit.

You might investigate having someone (names escape me just now) rebore / rerifle / rechamber the existing barrel. I suspect that will be cheaper.
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Old 02-09-2004, 01:18 PM
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Funny you should ask, I'm about halfway finnished with my .338-06 on a Rem 1917 Enfield action.

The barrel was the hardest part. Mine started out as a 1.25" blank from Midway. Everything had to be machined, Square threads,contour and crown. If you have a lathe and are qualified, go for it. I'm not, but a qualified gunsmith is looking over my shoulder every step of the way. I have test fired it once and it works .My next steps are to refinnish the boyds Lamanated stock and beadblast/re-blue the barrel. The action will be fully glass bedded as well.This will all be done at the gunsmith's shop. I get a break on the labor cost but my tip will be what he would have charged me if he did all the work. All in all It will be about 1K when I'm done. It will have a 2.75X Burris scout scope mounted forward of the action in a custom made mount that is simular to the XS and Beaste Enterprises "ching ring" scout mount.

It's definatly not the "easy way" but it can be done. If you want a .338-06 I'd look at a mauser action. You can get "drop in" barrels that only needs to be head-spaced by a gunsmith. If you want to keep the P-17 and want more than a 30-06 you can go up to 300 WM.
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Old 02-09-2004, 06:13 PM
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It's doable; I got mine. On an Eddystone 1917. I insisted on a 1/10 twist so he (gunsmith) was limited in his sources. The only part that I did was to grind off the rear sight ears and match the rear ring to the front ring. No point to discusing price etc. he passed on a couple years ago. He left me w/a treasure and good memories.
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Old 02-10-2004, 05:33 AM
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Thanks guys. That is the info I needed. The barrel is supposed to be good on the 1917, so I'll just leave it alone. I bought an old Rem 721 for this project, but it was so nice that I wouldn't tear it down. Sounds like now I'll be looking for a Mauser. Although you're a little above my limit, I envy both of those rifles that were mentioned. Thanks again.

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Old 02-10-2004, 09:19 AM
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George,
If you are going to go with a Mauser, did you think of just looking for an action without a barrel? That way you can get a .338-06 barrel and screw it in. I'd figure a Mauser action/ trigger to be less than $200, Barrel $150 stock $50-$100 Mount rings and scope $300+/-. You are at about $700+/-
The gunsmith will be needed for headspaceing and mabe glass bedding the action in the stock, but that should be it.

My project started last July , I hope to be done by mid-march. I know it will be worth the wait because it is something I made( with the help of a qualified gunsmith)

BTW my loads will be 225SST or accubond with a max charge of Varget in LC69 Match brass. It should be about 2500-2600fps. Thats 2000lbs of energy out to 300 yds

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Old 02-11-2004, 09:03 AM
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You may also want to check into starting with a Savage action and get the A&B .338-06 barrel, go & no-go gauges and a barrel nut wrench. I am looking into this myself so I can have an "inexpensive" lighterweight .338-06 to go with my heavy-barrelled one. A new Savage in 30-06 goes for about $360 and getting the barrel and necessary tools from Midway I can have a "ready for scope mounting" rifle for under $600.

Here's a link to the Midway site, read the reviews & good luck with your project! No matter how you get there I know you'll be happy with the .338-06!

http://www.midwayusa.com/rewriteaproduct/631476
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Old 02-11-2004, 12:40 PM
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That sounds like a much better plan.
The reason I went with the P-14 action beacuse it's part of my US military rifle collection.

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