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Old 12-21-2012, 01:02 AM   #11
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Yep, those under 800,000 (like mine) are unsafe to shoot.
The story is that Springfield had a couple of oldtimers that used to judge tempering by color. Only later did Springfield figure out that outside temperature, cloud cover, and sunshine affect the color and the temper would vary from soft to brittle. They adopted another method to check temper around the 800,000 serial number.

Although some of the below 800,000 were employed for battle, the general rule of thumb is to stay away. Even if they were rebarreled in WWII.
According to Hatchers reports it had something to do with the construction of the cartridge case as well.
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According to Hatchers reports it had something to do with the construction of the cartridge case as well.
That could be with ammo from WWI, but the 1903a3 used the same as the M1 Garand, 30-06.

And even with the "high" numbered rifles, one would be prudent to use the milder 30-06 ammo.
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I Got my camera back today, Top is 1903A3 in both pics

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Top Sn. 3,445,xxx Bot Sn 308,xxx
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Look for a letter E on the bolt stop of the lower bolt. Marking for Eddystone.
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Look for a letter E on the bolt stop of the lower bolt. Marking for Eddystone.
The only stamp on the bolt is an "R"' I assume for Remington? The nreceiver appears identical to that of the 03A3. which is also Remington, probably not pertanate. Would the low number have any relavence.
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Do '17 bolts even fit in '03 receivers???? I think Eddiestone was a division of Remington, I dont know if Rem ever made the '17.. I know there is a commercial version of the '17 made by Rem.

Both the '17 and '03 receivers are similar, the '17 has sight ears, but many were cut off when/if they were sporterized...
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I had two 17s, one with Remington and one with Winchester stamped on the receiver. I've also seen them with Eddystone stamped on them, suposedly made at Eddystone gun works in Eddystone Pa. in Delaware Co. I believe the commercial counterpart was the Model 30 Remington. I've been told they were very strong actions noted for accuracy. I read, the only reason the 1917 wasn't the chosen battle rifle of the U.S. military was a sight issue.
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Some info for y'all on the M1917. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1917_Enfield

Reason it was not the chosen son- the 1903 had been in production since, well.... 1903. The M1917 was a wartime expedient use of factories already tooled up to make rifles for the Brits.

However, at the end of 1918, about 75% of the rifles carried by members of the AEF were M1917s.
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