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Springfield M1903 what do I have here?

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Springfield M1903 what do I have here?

#1 Post by Buickgsman » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:52 pm

Hi all, I'm new to the group. I am a pistol guy at heart, but can't seem to say no to a nice old surplus gun. I just think they ooze history and I can imagine the stories they would be able to tell. I was given this M1903 by a friend. Serial 199XXX and the barrel was replaced 2-18. I've done a little looking around and it appears that the bolt is from 1942, but I did find some of the info confusing on some of the sites so I am unsure of that date. The rifles is in beautiful shape and cleaned up nice. Can anyone tell me what I have here? I know It should not be shot, but is there any real value other than it being beautiful and cool in the safe? Any tidbits about it are appreciated. thanks!
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#2 Post by M14man » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:32 pm

It is basically a M1903 with a 1918 made receiver, and thus it may be sporting it's original barrel.It is considered a "low number" and some are hesitant to shoot them, some aren't. It may have not gone thru a major rebuild.
It has an early stock as evidenced by the finger grooves but the stock looks shellacked.
Some of the rear sight appears early (base), the leaf looks like a replacement.
Nice gun with some early parts. Value depends alot on bore condition. How it got a later bolt? I don't know.

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#3 Post by retread12345678 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:51 am

Looks like the upper band is from a M1903A3

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#4 Post by M14man » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:10 am

Yup!Good eye

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#5 Post by Calfed » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:53 pm

Buickgsman wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:52 pm
Serial 199XXX and the barrel was replaced 2-18.

M14man wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:32 pm
It is basically a M1903 with a 1918 made receiver, and thus it may be sporting it's original barrel.It is considered a "low number" and some are hesitant to shoot them, some aren't. It may have not gone thru a major rebuild.
It has an early stock as evidenced by the finger grooves but the stock looks shellacked.
Some of the rear sight appears early (base), the leaf looks like a replacement.
Nice gun with some early parts. Value depends alot on bore condition. How it got a later bolt? I don't know.
Wouldn't a 199,xxx 1903 receiver have been made in 1905?

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#6 Post by M14man » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:25 pm

Calfed, You are so right! I can't believe I made such an error!
I can't blame it on glasses since looking at the page I grabbed
shows no reason for that error.
I am at a complete loss as how I came up with that answer.
Thank you....

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#7 Post by Buickgsman » Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:56 pm

Thanks for the replies guys, any thoughts on what she should be worth? Not looking to sell just want to know what I'm working with. Thanks!

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#8 Post by Rick the Librarian » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:49 am

A mixmaster LN is usually worth in the $400-500 range, depending on the parts.

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#9 Post by VMASCIOP2000 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:48 am

Usually $500 to $600 in my area, shows and local gun shops. Shellacking may lower that a bit, but not too much.
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