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Re: OT: 30-06 Options

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02-18-2013 03:02:26

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Looking at the suggestions so far, I'd say Scott's two suggestions take the cake for oddity. You certainly won't run into another hunter carrying a double-barrelled or three-barrelled rifle here in the US.

Myself, I like my guns to have a little historical significance. So in that department I'd say the Winchester 1895 and the M1917 Enfield come in tops.

Big and ugly, the 1895 was one of Theodore Roosevelt's favorite guns. Although not currently in production, FN-USA does produce limited numbers of this rifle from time to time. A used 1895 in decent condition will set you back a grand or more.

If the 1895 is a little too rich for your blood, then consider the M1917 Enfield. Noted for both accuracy and ugliness, it was the Enfield, not the Springfield, that most of the doughboys carried in France. Unfortunately, many of these fine rifles have been sporterized, which does little to blunt their homeliness.

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02-18-2013 06:22:33

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 Re: OT: 30-06 Options in reply to MarkB_MI, 02-18-2013 03:02:26  
I have a 1917 Enfield that has been sporterizd, rechambered and rebarreled for 300 H&H.They machined and tapped the receiver and also restocked it. It looks as nice as any bolt action rifle out there and does not look like it ever was a military when they got done with it.

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02-18-2013 20:43:25

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 Re: OT: 30-06 Options in reply to D beatty, 02-18-2013 06:22:33  
Sounds like you have a great rifle.
The P 1917 action is big and long. It was a favoite for conversion to calibers like the 300 H&H. I have one in the original 30-06 caliber. It has a new stock etc. For over 60 years it has been a great rifle for me. It just keeps going & going.
Thank You !

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02-18-2013 21:46:45

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 Re: OT: 30-06 Options in reply to Farmerhr, 02-18-2013 20:43:25  
I have another one that is all original with bayonet. I have a new barrel and everything else to totally rebuild it needed. They are a well built action.

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02-18-2013 18:34:49

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 Re: OT: 30-06 Options in reply to D beatty, 02-18-2013 06:22:33  
I'm sure your Enfield is quite nice, DB. I'm also sure I can spot its dog-legged bolt handle from forty yards.

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02-19-2013 04:26:05

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 Re: OT: 30-06 Options in reply to MarkB_MI, 02-18-2013 18:34:49  
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Not if they replaced the bolt handle. We used to have quite a few Enfields come in, about half had the bolt handle replaced.

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02-18-2013 19:41:49

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 Re: OT: 30-06 Options in reply to MarkB_MI, 02-18-2013 18:34:49  
I would have look at it again but I not sure If the bolt was reworked. The gun was built for a doctor and no expence spared.It has a beautiful black walnut stock and bluing. I bought it for a fraction of what he paid to have it built. The 300 H&H is not a real popular cal. around here after the 300 mag came out.

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02-18-2013 05:20:48

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 Re: OT: 30-06 Options in reply to MarkB_MI, 02-18-2013 03:02:26  
Thanks for all the suggestions. I"m hoping my wallet might be thick enough for a Winchester 1895, that might be the ticket. As far as a 1917 Enfield, that would be a good choice but I already have a P-14 Enfield (same basic gun) chambered for 303 British. Nice shooter.

I"m with you, I like the historically significant guns.

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