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Old 12-08-2012, 01:25 PM   #21
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Holy smokes i would have never dreamed mine was that old. puts mine made in 1918

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Holy smokes i would have never dreamed mine was that old. puts mine made in 1918

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Welcome, no prob! I've always wanted a late model Smith & Corona, just to say my war machine was made by a typewriter company...
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I was very fortunate to become the owner of one of these great rifles...My grandfather was a paratrooper in WWII, and passed his 1903 to me when he died. Still shoots GREAT! I absolutely love getting to go out and fire this thing when I am home on leave, I am a Marine and the gun is being held by my dad while I am stationed in Okinawa.

I know that I had nothing important to contribute to this conversation, but just wanted to say how much I Love this gun.

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I took the rifle to a LGS and he had a rear sight sitting around he charged me $45 including installing it. He also told me somebody cut the barrel down 2". So now I'm going to get a new barrel for it.

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I took the rifle to a LGS and he had a rear sight sitting around he charged me $45 including installing it. He also told me somebody cut the barrel down 2". So now I'm going to get a new barrel for it.
How long is it now? I ask wondering if mines been cut too
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Man I love those rifles!!!
I have a REm 03 A3 made 1942 if I remember right. It has a sporter stock and had been drilled for glass but I went looking for a rear sight on eBay for all of 35 bucks shipped. The stock had a funky hole for the front sling swivel and I ended up getting another OEM rear one to cover the hole. I am still thinking of hunting down a stock but either way I just love shooting that thing. I watched my Dad shooting one when I was pretty little and fell in love with them then. My mother got rid of his after he died So I had to go looking for one. I'd like to get another one. I've heard of people re-chambering them bu I don't think I'd want to. I like the 06 round anyway though. I picked up a couple enfields not long ago that I might re chamber one though. The 303 round is not the easiest to find anymore. But there's just something about those old rifles that makes me not want to mess with them too much. I'm kind of afeert that my dad might come back and haunt me for screwing up a perfectly good rifle

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The 03 should have a 24" barrel..

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Might not have been cut, also check to see if its an original barrel, the only markings the 1903 barrel should have is a proof mark, mfg, and date, right behind the front sight post. In the 20's factory barrels were changed with new heat treated/lined barrels (cutoff s/n around #800000) which could lead to possible arsenal overhauls, and then someone sporterized it, good chance it's been changed, maybe not but easy to check.

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I have one with a low serial number (80xxx)
Rebarreled in 1942.
I'm kinda worried about shooting it (it still has cosmoline in the action area and bolt and with low S/N).
Light rust on barrel, no sling.

Any offers?

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Well mine has been changed figures lol I have no stamps or markes on the barrels at all.

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