Re: rifle build
If you're going the bedding block route, you got alot of glass to dig/grind out for that Whidden block to go into. Also, kinda' wondering about an extractor for that cartridge. I've seen several 1917/1914s converted, but they use a big Mauser style extractor. Is this a new full time, 2 yr. gunsmithing program you are attending?
"Shoots real good!": definition; it didn't blow-up in my face. Not everything can be fixed on an internet forum!