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Old 04-18-2005, 02:05 PM   #1
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M1917 - Original Barrel?

Just received a NICE M1917 from a nice fella.

Eddystone Ser. No. 25XXX (looked it up - September, 1917 according to M1903.com)

The barrel, which looks as good as new, is blued, has 12/17 stamped on it, and it seems to match the rest of the rifle (might look a little better than the receiver if I look hard enough).

BUT, its later dated than the receiver so I am suspicious.

Anyone think this is original to the rifle?
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Old 04-18-2005, 04:27 PM   #2
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I doubt the barrel is original to the receiver.. especially with a years difference in dates between the two.
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Old 04-18-2005, 05:24 PM   #3
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The barrel is actually two months "later", not a year. There are three possible scenarios:

1) The rifle's original barrel might have failed specs

2) The rifle might have needed a quick barrel change for some reason

3) It may have received a later barrel change and the 1917 barrel was at "the top of the heap".
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Old 04-19-2005, 04:50 PM   #4
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DOH!!!! You're right rick about the barrel not being a year apart!!! See what happens when I try to answer post at night!!!
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:31 PM   #5
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with a 2 months difference between the barrel and reciever it's more then likely the original barrel........ now it could be that they may have had some of these receiver made before the barrels were ready.....from my reading eddystone was not the most efficently runned arsenal. you also have to relieze that the arsenal produced P-14s prior to the US entering WWI in april 1917 for the british.....initially the plan of the us ord. dept was to contracting with Winchester and Remington to tool up to produce the M1903, but this would be a somewhat time consuming process. It was
decided early on, since the P-14 contract was being phased out, to simply redesign the P-14 to shoot the 30-06 round, a faster method of getting a proven rifle in the hands of the troops. ..so who knows what kind of problems they may had making barrels that were originally for 303 to 30-06......I understand that receivers from that arsenal had some problems with them as well.......so they may have had to do whatever checking to make sure they were to 'specs" before barreling them. or simply that the receiver production outpaced the barrel production, or bolt production

anyway, with that short of a time span from receiver to barrel.......like I say it's more then likely it's the original barrel
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Old 04-20-2005, 04:47 AM   #6
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Because of the way the rifles were assembled and marked, it was much more likely that an earlier barrel would have been used, not a later one. I don't deny the barrel may be original, just think it somewhat unlikely.
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