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Sporterized 1903 Found Locally. Help Me Decide...

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#1 Post by jaytex1969 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:47 pm

I am completely unstudied on these rifles.
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#12 Post by Charles Lipscomb » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:56 pm

If you want to do a restoration, this one is too far gone. Unless its free.
Needs a new barrel. Stock, and bands.
Worse tge reciever has been drilled and tapped for tgat rear sight.
I would keep looking.
Many original rifles out there.
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#13 Post by jaytex1969 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:59 pm

I only saw the one serial number. The stock looks like a amateur shaping job and I suspect someone put the stamping in some vain hope of adding a false "legitimacy" to things.

That said, the bore looks OK, the action works smoothly and I suspect the diopter rear sight is a desirable feature.

If I said any more, I'd be exceeding my knowledge.

Tagged at $699, I think they are tired of looking at it and I think I could get it for $400 if I tried.

So, please give me all of the pro's and con's and your opinions.

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#14 Post by Charles Lipscomb » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:10 pm

I prefer. Thrm originsl military.
But i have enough knowledge to be dangerous. Yes tge diopter sight adds value. But not for a military rifle. The serial number puts it in the "safe" range. Over 800,000 for Sringfield.
If you like sporting rifles you can get a new with scope Savage for around 400.
This one will need a new stock and handguard $175. Bands and buttplate. Anoth 60. Plus a rear sight base and tge sights as well. Bases are a little harder to find.
And if the barel is not accurate or worse cutdown from the original length tgen add 200 plus tge barrel change coost. It adds up quick.
If you have specific questions just ask. Plenty f people can helo you here .
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#15 Post by Reverend Mauser » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:59 pm

Tagged at $699, I think they are tired of looking at it and I think I could get it for $400 if I tried.
I've seen similar ones a few years ago for as low as $300. $400 doesn't sound out of the question.

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