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Questions on my new sporterized 1903

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Questions on my new sporterized 1903

#1 Post by justink10 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:18 pm

I recently inherited this rifle for my son. It was my wife's grandfather's rifle. Ive been told grandpa was quite the hunter in his day so I'm sure its taken everything the pacific northwest has to offer. Neither he nor my wife's father are alive anymore to ask them. I dont know when it was sporterized or who did it. But here are some pictures. There are no markings on the barrel except for C125. A factory 30-06 round chambers. It has 2.5x weaver scope on it and redfield mount. SN is 973xxx.
It looks like bishop stocks can still be found on ebay. The barrel is criterion maybe? Its been well taken care of considering what is was and what it was turned into. The receiver has obviously been drilled and tapped, but that doesnt bother me. I have another 1903 to put together that hasnt been drilled but the stock has been cut.
Can anybody tell me anything about this rifle.
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#2 Post by justink10 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:19 pm

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#3 Post by justink10 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:21 pm

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#5 Post by Ghoulardi » Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:32 pm

where your SN is on that receiver, I'm wondering if it might be a M1903A4 receiver.

compare this to yours. if it's the same, then you have a real A4 receiver

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#6 Post by justink10 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:00 am

I pulled the scope base off when I got it. It's a Springfield 1903.

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#7 Post by echo1 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:11 pm

That's a nice rifle for your son. A true family heirloom, made back in the day by a craftsman, who once could earn a living building such critters, for working folk who couldn't afford new. PAX

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#8 Post by retread12345678 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:52 pm

Are. there. any marks on the barrel up toward the muzzle ? Original barrel, maybe.

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#9 Post by justink10 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:45 pm

No markings on the barrel other than C125. It is cut for a front sight and is blued. I pulled the stock and checked under it. Tried googling 1903 c125.... any only hit on criterion but it didn't match anything they had currently. 3006 round chambers and muzzle measures .3075"id with calipers.

my plans for the rifle: see if it shoots, work up a load, maybe find a vintage higher power scope for it so I can see good. Perhaps shoot some central Oregon critters with it.

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#10 Post by silverfox » Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:58 am

Nice hunting rifle. Great piece to pass on to your son.

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#11 Post by Hams03 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:23 pm

I have my great grandfathers 03 sporter. And one i built out of parts he left behind in 1980 when he passed. They are awesome rifles. They seem to like 168 gr sierra matchking bullets. Yours looks pretty nice, and will make a great hunting rifle for your son.

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#12 Post by echo1 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:55 am

I have a Smith-Corona sport that was so nicely done I thought it was a Griffin & Howe. Lyman hooded front & rear peep, fine line checked walnut stock, burnished turned down knurled bolt, trap door butt plate, metal button on wrist base. I sent some picts to G&H, and their archivist was kind enough to respond with what was different, but commented on how well done it was. PAX

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#13 Post by spentprimer » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:02 am

I, too, have a 1903 that was sporterized. I have not shot it in a couple of years, but, even with my aging eyes the Lyman peep rear and front ventilated sight makes hole where I aim it. It really does shoot well. I have no kids, but, I think my nephew might like it. You have a mighty fine rifle that has seen many things ... if only it could talk ... .
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