I've been researching online for months now, and I can't find anything like it. Some older Japanese rifles are similar, but not right on. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated, as I want to restore this rifle and use it for deer hunting = )
Assuming the bore is in clean condition and you determine what caliber it is (303 or 30-06), you have the bases for a decent low-cost hunting rifle. That is a solid, reliable action. Somewhere on it you will see some markings that will give a lot of clues as to which version it is; Winchester, Remington, Eddystone, or perhaps Savage. Obviously collectors are no longer interested as it's been quite modified. Unless you have no-shit documentation that it was Winston Churchill's personal rifle or assigned to Sgt York, the best thing you could do with the rifle is take good care of it and utilize it as a proper hunting rifle.
Buying such rifles in the $200-$300 range is no problem.
I would just clean it really really well, take it to a gunsmith for a safety inspection. While there maybe have them do a chamber casting to be 100% sure of the rounds it will take.
After this, get some ammo that is reccomended by the gunsmith, take it to a range and see if its going to fire straight at a target.
After all this make a budget for your project and go from there.
Hit up some gun shows or ebay to find whichever type stock you would like on it.
Anything you do from this point will only make that rifle better, Do what you can afford and make it your own. dont listen to everyone else about it being a parts rifle. just because its not a bill gates bank acct breaker doesnt mean its a pile. If it is safe and shoots straight, then you have dinner during next season. invest only what you can afford.
Cleaning up the rifle and mounting it on a nicer stock wouldnt hurt. heres mine.
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