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Remington 1903 target rifle

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Remington 1903 target rifle

#1 Post by Calfed » Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:40 pm

Back in the day, gunsmiths used to turn out 1903 target rifles for use in high power matches, etc. While these do not retain anywhere near the value of an official NM rifle, some were works of art in their own right.

I've got one that I bought years ago for a song that is, to my eye, a great example of one of these "private" match rifles.

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#2 Post by checkmate19 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:51 pm

That is truly a work of art, I like the peep sights. I have seen a few but none like yours .

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#3 Post by AJMBLAZER » Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:02 am

Oooooh, pretty.
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#4 Post by Rapidrob » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:30 am

That looks like it could be one of the Olympic Match rifles. What markings if any "other" types are on your rifle.
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#5 Post by Calfed » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:13 pm

Rob, I can not find any markings on this rifle.

The stock has always been a mystery to me. It appears to be either a straight off custom, or possibly an extensively modified C stock.

Here is the cheek rest...

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#6 Post by Calfed » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:35 pm

checkmate19 wrote:
Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:51 pm
That is truly a work of art, I like the peep sights. I have seen a few but none like yours .
AJMBLAZER wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:02 am
Oooooh, pretty.
Thanks, guys!

I've got several of these privately made up 1903 match rifles and a documented Springfield made National Match rifle. Love them all. ;)

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#7 Post by mr.tickle » Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:06 pm

That is one sharp looking rifle!
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#8 Post by Calfed » Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:58 pm

Thanks, tickle

I've tried to figure out what I can about the stock...

I've compared it to a C stock, but there are just so many differences that it is hard to correlate the two

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Overall length is identical...


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But there are so many other differences that I'm forced to conclude that it is a one-off custom...

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#9 Post by checkmate19 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:19 pm

I love this rifle, I look at it almost every day LOL. I went thru the trouble of digging mine out. I keep the nice ones packed away and go figure they were in the back of the safe . They are like yours just not the sights or stock. I wish I had the peep sights .

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#10 Post by Calfed » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:48 pm

checkmate19 wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:19 pm
I love this rifle, I look at it almost every day LOL. I went thru the trouble of digging mine out. I keep the nice ones packed away and go figure they were in the back of the safe . They are like yours just not the sights or stock. I wish I had the peep sights .

Thanks! Post pics of your rifle, Checkmate. We all love to see other's rifles.

Of course, you can add the sights, but would destroy the collector value of your rifle by drilling and tapping the receiver.

I've got a number of these "match rifles" which were all purchased at prices much less than an unmolested rifle would have cost. No one shoots these in "national match" rifles in actual match competition anymore and they don't seem to be valued much anymore.

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#11 Post by checkmate19 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:08 pm

Should I post a few pics in this thread or start a new one, not sure and do not want to step on yours or keep them together . I looked at a Remington with peeps at a show and was going to buy but my friend talked me out of it as it was mod with peep sights and destroyed value. I went right home and run the serial number and found several with hits as first 500 hundred made with accuracy test randomly done with peep sights. The number was 3000262 or 4 . turns out 3 mill was beginning of production. Argh thats one of my regrets .

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#12 Post by Calfed » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:54 am

Either way, checkmate. I weouldn't consider it "stepping on my thread" if you posted here. On the other hand, you might get more feedback on your rifle if started a separate thread for it. Your call...

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#13 Post by retread12345678 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:10 pm

Superb specimen . I would be pleased and proud to own it. As I looked for clues I must ask if the upper band is for another
rifle ?? No matter it's a gem

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#14 Post by Calfed » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:48 am

retread12345678 wrote:
Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:10 pm
Superb specimen . I would be pleased and proud to own it. As I looked for clues I must ask if the upper band is for another
rifle ?? No matter it's a gem
That upper band has always puzzled me.

I believe it may be a highly modified band from a 1917 rifle.

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#15 Post by retread12345678 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:00 pm

I thought so myself. In any case it does not detract and is as well done as the rest of the rifle

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