1903-a3 ?

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by 50of4064, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. 50of4064

    50of4064 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Have a Remington 03-A3 with a serial # 411****. I have been told that Remington did not use serial #'s, but the letter's coded on the barrel. So why bother with stamping serial #'s on the receiver? Can it be dated with the serial #?

    Thanks for your input..
     
  2. M14sRock

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    Remington used serial numbers. You got some wrong information. 03-A3's were made for a short period of time during WW2. There is an article in this months American Rifleman about them too. Let me see if it mentions years of manufacture based on serial numbers.
     

  3. c3shooter

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    While SOME Remingtons may not have worn a serial number, arms made for the US Govt did. Mossberg was highly allergic to SNs prior to 68 GCA, but my 44US (made in 1943) marked US Property, bears a SN.
     
  4. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Aha. A fine distinction. Thanks for clarifying.

    My response was directed at the 03-A3 production, specifically. All Remington 03-A3's were serial numbered pursuant to the serial number blocks assigned by Uncle Sugar.
     
  5. 50of4064

    50of4064 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Sorry that I have not responded sooner, my bad. lost track of time. Thank you all for your help and information. Seems to be a "42"
    Again thank you all!!!
     
  6. Sagetown

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    This is a little old, but it may help someone..:)

    Here's some info I found on the Remington 03-A3.

    Made from May, 1942 thru February, 1944.

    Serial #'s falling within the following blocks: 3,348,086 to 3,607,999; - 3,708,000 to 4,707,999; - and 4,992,001 to 5,784,000.........

    Production was halted about 4,169,000. Total produced ~ about 345,000.
     
  7. GunFreak270

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    Hey,
    I have a 1903-A3 and it is a sweet rifle. But there's some corrosion... :( in the rifling of the barrel. I have brass brushed it countless times with shooter's choice solvent. IT'S STILL THERE :mad:. All I have done is gotten a small amount of it off.
    If anyone has any suggestions on what I should do, pleeeaaaassse tell me!
    P.S. It still shoots superbly. I believe it is the epitony of all bolt action battle rifles!!! :) :)
     
  8. c3shooter

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    Go find a product called KROIL. Check hardware stores, and their website. "The oil that creeps" is, IMHO, the ultimate penetrating oil. Place the weapon muzzle down, plug the barrel, fill with KROIL, let stand 24 hrs, drain, brush, patch. Will actually get under metal fouling and pop it loose.
     
  9. 50of4064

    50of4064 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The stuff works great!!!

    Bit pricey, but I swear by it now and worth every dime !!:D:D:D