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Old 12-06-2014, 09:21 PM
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Scrub it good, I used Krud Kutter to start with (available @ Lowes) on mine that had almost invisible rifling due to debris/blanks build up. Scrubbed the bejesus out of it several times with that, and hoppes #9 and MPro-7 cleaner until I could finally see some rifling again and felt that it was safe to shoot.

Took it to the range and put 5 rounds of commercial or hxp through it and removed the bolt and looked down the bore and was very pleasantly surprised to see that it now looked even better than before I shot it!

Gave it another good cleaning and got myself a Tubb's final finishing kit here: http://www.davidtubb.com/final-finis...-bulletkit-308
Followed the directions and finished the whole series and the bore is looking respectable again and feels smoother with a patch down it. Shoots well too.
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:11 PM
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Spent a little time scrubbing the barrel. Looks better. Thank you again. I thought about selling this rifle but I may hold on to it.

http://i526.photobucket.com/albums/c...ps33e36116.jpg

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Old 12-13-2014, 01:29 PM
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The property marking for the American Legion might add a little value to the right buyer, sort of an instant provenance of sorts. I personally like weapons with odd markings. I paid a small premium last year for a rebuilt 1917 with a brass property tag on the stock reading "1st MED. BAT," the 1st Medical Battalion supporting the Marines during WWII.
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Old 12-17-2014, 04:39 PM
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Thanks guys for all your input. I have decided to sell this rifle over on the marketplace side. If you are interested in buying it, please let me know. Jeff

http://forums.thecmp.org/showthread.php?t=153993
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:07 PM
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Those of us afflicted with Mosinitis have learned that a great method for cleaning a dark boor is regular cleaning (whatever method you use) followed by shooting it (after a thorough safety inspection....), then clean some more. The heat/shock seems to loosen up some of the crud, then clean it some more.

JH
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Old 12-18-2014, 12:28 PM
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The property marking for the American Legion might add a little value to the right buyer, sort of an instant provenance of sorts. I personally like weapons with odd markings. I paid a small premium last year for a rebuilt 1917 with a brass property tag on the stock reading "1st MED. BAT," the 1st Medical Battalion supporting the Marines during WWII.
Thank you for that piece of information.

It continue to add to the breadth of the 1917 WWII involvement. sort of like the energizer bunny that kept going and going and ......

The use of the 1917s we unknown to me (not a surprise but no other reading I had done had spoken of that

http://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=48513
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Old 12-26-2014, 03:47 PM
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The rifle sold and delivered today. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and your sage advice.
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Old 12-28-2014, 08:32 AM
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About 220,000 M1917s were sold to the Philippine Commonwealth government in the late 1930s. Interestingly, the money realized was used to help develop and set up production for the M1 Garand!

Stacks of M1917s surrendered, probably by Filipino units after the fall of Bataan (if you look carefully, you can see several other types of US weapons surrendered):



The Japanese made use of the large numbers of M1917s captured and equipped at least one divisional sized unit. These M1917s were burned during or after the American recapture of Manila in early 1945:



Oh, and as long as we're on the subject of M1917s - below is a picture of the ONLY "P-17" ever used in U.S. service! (The aircraft is actually a U.S. Army Air Corps XP-17, developed, but not produced, byt Boeing ca. 1930).

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Old 01-01-2015, 12:23 PM
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Rick

thank your for that photo of the burned 1917s. (sad but good to know the history)

Any explanation reported as to why they would do that?

but I was always surprised that none seems to have come back.

It would explain a lot

another bit of the interesting 1917 story filled in.
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Old 01-01-2015, 03:14 PM
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Interesting, all the bolts are removed.
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