I am considering adding a 1917 Enfield to my collection. Winchesters seem to be the priciest, followed by Remington and Eddystone in that order. I have read elsewhere that Eddystone rifles had an issue with cracked receivers. I read that the cracks were hard to detect and weapons with such a crack should not be fired (which makes sense). Several of the Eddystones that I have been looking at on the web seem to have heat treat marks visibe on the receiver side raild. The receiver generally appears lighter in color (more gray than black) from the rear bridge up to about one inch from the front receiver ring.
1. How wide spread was the cracking issue?
2. Were did the cracks occurr on the receiver?
3. Is this heat treating coloration described above a sign of heat treating to correct the cracking issue?
4. If model 17's were re-arsenaled for WWII, as many were, were they inpsected and re-proofed to eliminate those with cracking issues?
Obviously, I want to avoid any risk of getting a rifle with a cracked receiver but I would like to take advantage of the lower prices for Eddystones. Maybe I should consider a Winchester because of family connection. My great Uncle, John Otterson, was president of Winchester from 1917 to 1924. Maybe I should seek out a Winchester Model 1917 as all were made during his tenure at Winchester.
In any event I would value comments and suggestions from anyone with experience and knowledge related to Model 1917 Enfields.