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Remington 03A3

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Remington 03A3

#1 Post by Candyman » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:10 pm

I stopped off at the local pawn shop a while to pick up a handgun I had on lay-a-way. As always I look to see if they have anything new. They had two 03A3s on the gun rack. One was a spotter with a nice stock and scope and the other looked to be in military dress, but the front of the stock was missing.
I took a close look at it and found that it was a Remington with a 3-43 barrel. The metal was in pretty good shape but the bore was not so clean. The price tag was not to bad at $299.99. But if you know me, I hate to pay the marked price at a pawn shop.
Well, we haggled back and forth a little and came to a price I was happy with.

Here are the pics I took when I got it home.


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I had a stock for 20 years with most of the original hardware on it. My Father-in-law had taken it off a DCM rifle that he sporterized back in the 60's.
A good friend out west had the few parts I needed to finish getting the rifle back together.
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The stock was dirty from just sitting in a rack for all those years so, with a little TLC, cleaned, oiled and waxed it looked good again.
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Here it is all fixed up. I have put the front sight blade back on since the pics were taken, I had miss placed the sight blade pin. I hate it when I put something where I wont forget it and then forget where that is.
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#2 Post by Calfed » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:29 pm

Nice resurrection, CM!

I love to see a sporter brought back to military trim. Have you shot it yet?

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#3 Post by Candyman » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:38 pm

Haven't shot it yet, but the bore did clean up pretty good.
I don't get much range time these days. Projects of one type or another keep me busy.

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#4 Post by Markeb2800 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:30 pm

Looks great. Nice to see a sporter returned to its original condition.

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#5 Post by M67 » Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:36 am

Very nice purchase and work on it!

I would like to have one in the future. However one question.
Why US still produced this bolt action rifle beside all Garands, Carbines and Johnsons? Why still keep bolt action rifle in production? Why they didn't prefer release the production line for the other advanced weapons.
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#6 Post by Candyman » Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:36 pm

Here is some info on the Remington rifles.
https://www.americanrifleman.org/articl ... 03-rifles/

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#7 Post by sowbelle » Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:21 pm

Cool
Very cool to find a rifle that CAN be restored and then have parts to restore
Great story😃😃

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#8 Post by RWS » Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:15 pm

By dumb luck was the stock you had on-hand a Remington or did you have to use a SA stock? Just curious; doesn't really matter from a practical standpoint unless you are striving for correctness.

I'm amazed at how much less felt recoil I experience from my Eddystone M1917 compared to my 1903. I think it almost has to be that straight stock on the '03 as the weight difference between the two is not that great. My '03 has become downright unpleasant to shoot in my old age.

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#9 Post by Candyman » Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:07 pm

RWS wrote:
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:15 pm
By dumb luck was the stock you had on-hand a Remington or did you have to use a SA stock? Just curious; doesn't really matter from a practical standpoint unless you are striving for correctness.

I'm amazed at how much less felt recoil I experience from my Eddystone M1917 compared to my 1903. I think it almost has to be that straight stock on the '03 as the weight difference between the two is not that great. My '03 has become downright unpleasant to shoot in my old age.

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I had the stock for 20 years. I had almost forgot about it
Now when people talk about correctness when it comes to US rifles, most often they mean all matching parts. But if a US rifle went through a refurbishment it would be very slim that all the parts would still be matching.

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#10 Post by Tidewater_Kid » Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:51 pm

That sure turned out nice. I love what you can do with a stock! I picked up a M1 Garand stock today I'm trying to breath life into. Hope it turns out half as nice!!

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#11 Post by S.B. » Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:52 pm

I bought my 03A3(priced at $125)in about the same condition but, after putting a CMP "C" stock and other missing parts now looks like it should and shoots 1MOA@100 yards.
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#12 Post by Calfed » Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:02 pm

I always like to see a reconstruction of a previously sported military rifle.

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#13 Post by swede » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:01 pm

That came out real nice

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