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I have purchased a "DandP" P-14 Enfield rifle to use the action for building a big bore "African"rifle. The action is marked"ERA". Does anyone know what that stands for? Thanks, Humboldt
 

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Well, I WUZ gonna tell you that WRA stood for "Equal Rights Admendment", but you might not like that! *snicker*

The P14 was designed by the British, and it was decided to build it in the US since British arms making was already stretched to its limits early in WWI.

Eddystone Remington Arms (ERA) was a facility located in Eddystone, Pennsyania, I believe, and was subsequently taken over under US Government control to make M1917 rifles for the US military.

Please be advised there are many reports of overly-tightened barrels in the actions may have resulted in small receiver cracks. The major force required to remove these barrels from the actions is blamed. If your action looks okay, you are lucky.

Also, many of these actions came from de-activated rifles marked "DP" (Drill Practise) and had holes drilled through the chambers and a steel plug welded in place. Look for heat discolouration.

Neither of these should discourage you from using the action, but be forewarned if you intend to rebarrel to some hot or magnum caliber.
 

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OOPS!

I just re-read your posting, and find that you rifle IS a "DP" item.

The usual marking practise was to stamp "DP" on the receiver, bolt handle, extractor, and stock. the extractor marking may be electrically etched.

Do you have two wide double red paint stripes across the stock at the forearm? There will be a thin white stripe down the middle of the red stripes. That was the British Army markings to show that the weapon was deactivated or for DP.

Your receiver may be perfectly suited for sporterizing, but it would be best to use it in a rimmed caliber with the sloped magazine.
 

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P-14

My P-14 was also made by Remington and I love it!
It will group as well as any modern rifle I have seen.
I bought it about 15 years ago in "Never been Fired"
condition. It says "US GOV. PROPERTY" on the side of the
receiver so I assume it was a "LEND LEASE" rifle for the
British . I agree with the last person who posted,
The barrel is going to be a pain in the Butt to remove and
replace.
 
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