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Old 02-03-2014, 11:47 PM   #11
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two, some of the steels used in the 03-A3 rifles recievers was very hard and many a drill and tap have been broken off in them trying to get them drilled and threaded. getting a broken drill or tap out after it's been broken is an ordeal in itself. not a job for someone who isn't familiar with doing it.
This is a good point. Drilling these old mauser and springfield actions is like drilling granite with spaghetti if you don't have specialized machine tools.

The typical smith has drill presses and low end mills. You need a mill or press and bits designed to do this sort of thing and those aren't common or cheap and won't be found in a typical gunsmith shop.
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This is a good point. Drilling these old mauser and springfield actions is like drilling granite with spaghetti if you don't have specialized machine tools.

The typical smith has drill presses and low end mills. You need a mill or press and bits designed to do this sort of thing and those aren't common or cheap and won't be found in a typical gunsmith shop.
though i have never broken one in a gun before, i have broken drill bits and taps in other things like engine parts and such, and it's not fun in the least to get them removed.

i have heard that some of the older rifles had some hard steel from others who have tried to drill and tap them.
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At the end of the day, I'd recommend embracing it for what it is,

rather than risking problems, by trying to turn it into something it

isn't, and never will be.

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agree with the others.....NO SCOPE! what you have there is (with exception being the stock) a very cool historical rifle. Go buy a cheap Savage or something if you need to hunt with a scoped rifle. Better yet, I'll trade you right now for a modern hunting rifle........(OK let me see the bore first lol)

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