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I currently have a sporterized 1917 Remington-made Enfield with a badly pitted barrel. I'm wanting to make it into a light deer/hog/long range target rifle. I currently have a .223, .243, 30 carbine, 7.62x39, 7.62x54, and 30-06. I want something with light recoil (less than 30-06), available factory ammo, long action cartridge, and capable of taking deer.

So what should I build out of this?
 

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I've also toyed with the idea of messing with mine...a 1817 US Enfield made by Winchester in good condition. I guess I've always figured that when I'm done building, I'll have spent enough to buy a new gun.
 

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Dr. Doug, yeah, I could most any new rifle for less than I'm going to spend. But it was my dad's deer rifle when he was young, so it's got some sentimental value to it. The bolt is binding a bit, so I'm going to take it to the smith and let him evaluate it. If it's going to need a lot of work on the action, I'll buy a Savage and rebarrel to .260. As it is, I'm thinking it will become a 25-06 with a 22" heavy sporter (or light varmint depending on how you look at it) barrel. I'll refinish the stock, bed the action, and install a timney trigger myself, and maybe convert to cock-on-open. Hopefully I'll have a good-shooting, reliable rifle.

Mikey, I'm kinda between the 25-06 and the 7X57. I'm not real interested in either 6.5 because I plan on getting a .260. A 280 might be nice too, but it's hard to find ammo.
 

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kwells, that looks really interesting. The 7.62x39 would be great, but those are for Lee Enfields. The P17's are a different breed so I don't think it would work. The barrel might thread on, but I'm not even sure about that.
 

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a pattern 17 really deserves an obnoxiously huge cartridge to make it worth it. I have one in 9.3x62, great cartridge, and nice gun but if I had it to do over it would be 45 cal or bigger and probably burn over 100grs of powder every time I pulled the trigger.
 

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drdougrx said:
I've also toyed with the idea of messing with mine...a 1817 US Enfield made by Winchester in good condition.
I tell ya, the very thought of that makes me cringe! :( Winchesters made fewer M1917's then the other two manufacturers and last I heard they stopped making any more. Stopped making 1917's before M94's even! :eek:

Mine is a Winchester also. ;D

I don't think 1917's are a good candidate for sporterising anyway, for a number of obvious reasons. Matter of fact, the only thing it has going for it in that relm is it's length. But most of the big, long cartridges I had a fondness for were rimmed so I always thought the P14 was a better choice... but even then... Anyway that's just me... what do I know... and who cares... :-\ :p
 

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Easy AtlLaw my friend!!! JMayton...I'm hear'n ya about sentimentality. My late father in law (one of the great guys I've met in my life) gave me the rifle in the 80's. He actually never shot it, I have and it's a shooter! I just keep think'n and think'n...but...I'll never do anything with it.....

Mikey...why do I keep want'n to tinker????? Doin good.....
 

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Most of the ones that I have seen that were put to a different caliber were converted to the .300 Winchester Mag. I'm not sure why. Maybe it is just a really easy conversion to do.

A .25-06 should be an easy conversion as well, but may be too much for varmint.

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I've seriously thought about a 35 Whelen, but it wouldn't get used enough to justify it.
One of the great things about the 35 Whelen is that it is a great shooter of cast bullets. As a launcher of lead, you might shoot it more than you would if you stay with jacketed stuff.
 

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My choice would be a .25-06 or a 6.5mm-06. Either are fine for light varminting and you have the heavy varminting covered with the .223.

While I really like the .25-06, it is limited to bullets weight 120g or less. I don't have one but I do have a .257 Roberts I run at +P velocities and it has become my favorite rifle, hands down. With 100-110g bullets it is deadly out to about 500 yards for antelope.

The 6.5-06 has the advantage of beng able to handle heavier bullets, up to 160g or so, but I think its sweet spot is with the 130g-140g bullets. My most recent rifle is a 6.5mm-06AI and I plan to shoot the 130g Scirocco (BC .571) for hunting purposes. With 140g A-MAX fire-form loads I was shooting clay pigeons off the 600-yard berm last Friday.
 

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Thebear_78 said:
a pattern 17 really deserves an obnoxiously huge cartridge to make it worth it. I have one in 9.3x62, great cartridge, and nice gun but if I had it to do over it would be 45 cal or bigger and probably burn over 100grs of powder every time I pulled the trigger.
I agree w/ TheBear!

Rebarrel it with one with a large hole!
 

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JMAYTON,

My uncle had one built in .264 Win Mag in the early '60s -- he was very happy with it and took a lot of elk with it. Some of the kills were what I thought then, and still do, the astounding range of 600 yards.

The notion of going to the 25-06 satisfies your criteria very nicely. It also helps fill out your lineup.
 
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