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Sporterized 1903 Found Locally. Help Me Decide...

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Re: Sporterized 1903 Found Locally. Help Me Decide...

#16 Post by oddball6 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:36 am

The gun needs all kinds of work though most appears to be cosmetic. Myself . 300.00 would be the limit

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#17 Post by RWS » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:07 am

From a restoration standpoint there is just not enough originality present to justify trying to return it to USGI configuration. Keep looking.

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#18 Post by jaytex1969 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:48 pm

Well, I picked up the rifle today. Negotiated to $300 after tax, so better than I expected.

No, I don't intend a restoration to issued condition. I just missed not having a 30.06 since gifting away my Remington 721 years ago.

I think it is a mid century home sporter made back in the day when most men were at least a bit handy and did a lot for themselves.

The overall look is pure function, which I like.

I still don't know squat about this particular platform, so I have some studying to do.

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#19 Post by Hammerdown » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:33 pm

As soon as I see teeth marks from a vice on a receiver I'm out but if you're happy with it then its a good deal.
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#20 Post by junkbug » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:01 pm

Personally, I think it is a worthy replacement for a Remington 721, which is also a fine rifle. Even when sporterized, Springfields are known for having heavier than usual barrels. This makes them excellent target rifles. That would be a great rifle for target shooting with peep sights. Maybe a little heavy for hunting, but not too bad.

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#21 Post by jaytex1969 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:27 pm

I looked at those marks on the receiver once or twice and never put 2 + 2 together as to their origin (Where's Captain Obvious when you need him, Hammerdown :lol: )

I'm guessing those marks are the result of a barrel swap. The patina indicates that whatever injustice was done was decades ago, so I'm gonna roll with it for now. Besides head space and cracks, what else should I look for to indicate a problem?

The bolt looks Mauser-like. I understand that there are some differences, ie- 2 piece firing pin.

Feel free to post your favorite disassemble resources, please, as well as model specific general info.

Thanks.
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#22 Post by oddball6 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:45 am

M1903's are pretty basic I am sure YOU TUBE has a video that will be informative

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#23 Post by echo1 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:45 am

I found this guy a while back for $200 bucks. Can't be restored but it's a fine rifle

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Last month I picked up a Remington Sport job for $100. I bought it for the receiver to swap a Sante Fe 03-A3. The one you're looking at is only worth about a hunnerd bucks. PAX

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#24 Post by jaytex1969 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:00 am

Well I may have over payed. I've had a few great deals lately, so I guess it was "my turn".

I'm not gonna cry unless it just refuses to shoot well.

If they don't work me to death, I might get to the range this year....

Now, I have to re-add another caliber to the clutter around here.

What flavor of ammo do your 1903's like, brand, weight, etc?

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#25 Post by jaytex1969 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:09 am

One thing that's been disturbing me. It appears that the cocking handle is somehow upside down. I wonder why that is.

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#26 Post by JonnyDetroit » Wed May 22, 2019 9:50 am

300 is a good price, I had a hard time finding a serviceable reciever under 300. If you have the tools and skills to change out the barrel, it may be a good candidate for a 03A4 clone.

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#27 Post by Reverend Mauser » Thu May 23, 2019 8:14 pm

JonnyDetroit wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 9:50 am
300 is a good price,

Agree. You did good.

The simple fact is, they make excellent hunting rifles, and that's part of the reason so many got sporterized.

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