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Re: 35 Whelen

31 Jul 2014
@ 12:01 pm (GMT)

Joshua Mayfield

Wow - I just got through reading the older thread that Nathan mentioned above. I can safely say I've learned something today although I'm a bit peeved with Nathan for nearly getting me to smack myself in the face.

I hesitate to do this but in the prior thread a Springfield action was mentioned, which resurrected an old debate. I own a 1917 Enfield (Remington built) that is in very good condition. I hunted with it for several years after inheriting it. It's been used to cleanly kill whitetail deer, a black bear, an unlucky coyote, a turkey (please don't ask), and I do believe my grandfather terrorized both carp and moles with it in the 1970s and 80s. I retired it 3 years ago because I didn't want to bang it up in the woods any more and I was not getting acceptable accuracy from it. I don't like the idea of it sitting in the safe never or rarely being used but I've never been able to talk myself into sporterizing.

So two questions: 1. Would the Enfield action be a good base for a Whelen build? 2. If you guys had a 1917 Enfield in good condition would you do anything to it?


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