My M1917 at last!

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My M1917 at last!

Postby Paul1807 » Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:38 am

Christmas came early this year for me. The weekend before last I lucked into a Winchester M1917 action that had the wings intact.
Today I visted a small gunsmith/parts store in the Dallas Texas area. I asked if he had a M1917 barrel and/or a stock. He had one of each. The barrel was a surplus WWII manufacture replacement barrel still in the cosmolene and factory wrap. The stock was also of the same era and also un-issued. I have a front sight and most of the bands in my misc gun parts box. :D
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Re: My M1917 at last!

Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu Dec 24, 2009 3:46 am

Who's a lucky little Texan then :lol: :lol: Trouble is that posts like this one need pictures Paul :mrgreen:
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Re: My M1917 at last!

Postby Paul1807 » Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:39 pm



The major bits

Oh it is snowing in Fort Worth, Texas. The last white Christmas here was in 1926 :TX:
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Re: My M1917 at last!

Postby Paul1807 » Fri May 14, 2010 7:32 am

It has finally been Completed



And it is not just a pretty face



Prone at 200 yards using the battle sight

I think I'll keep it ;)
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Re: My M1917 at last!

Postby Niner » Fri May 14, 2010 11:39 am

That looks to have turned out really well. Good looking gun....and as you point out.... it shoots pretty good too. You did a great job from the looks of the photos.
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Re: My M1917 at last!

Postby oldironsights » Fri May 14, 2010 4:26 pm

Great job & what a joy to see! :bigsmile:
I have one of those also, but she is not quite the looker as yours.
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Re: My M1917 at last!

Postby NuJudge » Sat May 15, 2010 7:45 am

Adjusting windage on a M1917 is usually a pain in the butt because the factory targeted rifles and adjusted the front sight, then heavily staked front sights. You should not have that much trouble.

I have never seen a British or US front sight/windage adjustment tool, but I did recently buy one made by some European country that was Lend-Leased a lot of P14 rifles. Expensive. Apex had them:
https://www.apexgunparts.com/

In terms of how far to move the front sight, and how much taller/shorter you want the blade to be, I believe this lists the necessary calculations:
http://www.nicolausassociates.com/PDF/M ... tCalcs.pdf
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Re: My M1917 at last!

Postby Paul1807 » Mon May 31, 2010 12:28 am

Thanks NuJudge for the link on the front sight adjuster. It took almost two weeks before I could bring myself to order one but since I have a P-14 as well as the M1917 that mitigated the pain (And a bit of single malt ;) of the price. Is the bloody thing made of silver?
I was shooting a 200 yards so the height is about right I'll just have to aim a tad low. I kinda like the battle sight being in the center of the bull at 200 (Ok close at 200) My old eyes have a bit of trouble seeing numbers on the sliding leaf on the shooting line. :TX:
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Re: My M1917 at last!

Postby A square 10 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:35 pm

fantastic job on a great rifle , what are the odds of finding the bits so quickly ? some of us look for years :lol:

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