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Old 03-09-2009, 07:11 PM   #1
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This is not a modification project just to Show something neat I have. I may refinish or leave it alone as is. I got this from my Grandfather before he died. He bought it I think in the 30's new as surplus. Still shoots great.

It has a Star gauge barrel and the bolt has the serial number engraved in it that match's the gun. He used to compete with it.

Not that I would ever sell it but I have seen prices all over the range. Any body know about what it is worth?

I will take some more pics but here is the one I have

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Classic. Still groups well after 70+ years?

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Nothing looks the quite same as the patina of an old, well loved rifle stock.

I wouldn't even worry about the value of it. I would however do whatever was required to ensure that my grandchildren were proud to own a rifle that was first purchased by their grandfather's grandfather.

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Classic. Still groups well after 70+ years?
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I know that a Star gauge barrel is a fine barrel. Other than that, the fact that it's been sporterized detracts greatly from its numerical value. I've seen prices average from $500. to around $700. for them in that condition.

What you really have is a legacy from your Grandfather and a piece of family history. Value it and treat it well. In my humble opinion, don't refinish or alter it in any way. Clean it, lubricate it and by all means, shoot it.

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Not that I know alot about this but what is done to it that make it sporterise? This has never been modified to my knowlage. and looks just like ever other one I have looked

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Click on the thumbnail, this is an unmodified Springfield 1903:



Here's a video as well:

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You can find an authentic looking stock for it. That's the way it looks best.

Northridge has some used surplus stocks.

Sarco occasionally has some too.

Many people would buy these surplus rifles and cut the stocks down to save weight. That's what "sporterizing" is. That's what was done to yours. Maybe it was like that when purchased. It lessens the value to us collectors who love original configurations, but it has no effect on sentimental value or use of the rifle.

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It looks like you have an original 1903 sporter. Price range from 7000 to 1800 depending on condition. Wish I had your gun.

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Very nice indeed! Who manufactured the rifle? My dad bought one in Arsenal New condition which had never been fired. It was made by Smith Corona. He traded the military stock to his friend for a beautifully figured Monte Carlo Walnut sporter stock that was sold by JC Penny at the time. That destroyed any collectors value even for an unfired 1903. I may be wrong, but your pic looks like the barrel is shorter and tapered more than the original military config barrel - which means it probably won't fit well in a military stock.

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