Curious about a gun I have

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by Vakarian, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. Vakarian

    Vakarian New Member

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    I have a RockIsland Arsenal Model 1903 but i really cant figure out what all has been done to it (besides blueing and a really shiny clear coat on the stock) Im also currious about the type of ammo my grandfather gave me to go with it. He says armor pircing but not 100% sure.
    Also that particular shell says L C 6 9 around the primer but i have several ranging from the 40s to this one
     

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  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    It looks like a 1903 that has been restocked and modified. The ammo appears (to me) to be standard military issue (30-06). Google the "springfield 1903" and compare the serial number to the warnings. Some 1903's with a serial number that falls within a certain range should be checked out by a gunsmith. There is a question about the tempering of the metal.

    Oh, and please stop by the "Introductions" section and let us know a little about you.
     

  3. Vakarian

    Vakarian New Member

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    362,xxx good, bad????
     
  4. Vakarian

    Vakarian New Member

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    aparently I have a very rare one aparently its made in springfield but marked rock island arsenal
     
  5. Orlando

    Orlando New Member

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    Why would you think that??
    You have a RI 1903 that was sporterized, while it may be a good shooter it has no collector value.
    Armor piercing ammo has black painted tips. The ammo you pictured is not AP
    Any USGI ammo that has a headstamp before 1953 should be considered corrosive
     
  6. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    It's a sporterized 1903. Probably done sometime in the 50's judging
    by the style. Value in my area $225-$350. Looks like a fairly nice stock,
    has some figure to it. Personally I like a softer finish, but some like the high
    gloss.
     
  7. Hawg

    Hawg New Member

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    Restocked and rebarreled. The stock is an H&R stock. I have one from an an H&R Ultra 300 on my 98 Mauser.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

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    Good! :D

    Rock Island below #286,506 received a single heat treatment (vs. dual) and are considered "unsafe" to fire.
     
  9. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    The numbers on the cases indicate manufacturer and date of manufacture. LC 69 indicates Lake City 1969. It should be excellent and accurate ammunition.
     
  10. Vakarian

    Vakarian New Member

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    hmmm well aparently i read the nums wrong i dont plan on selling it so value is of no importance and the ammo about half have black tips some of them the black has been worn off to some extint but they all came in the same case old cardboard army case has room for 20 rounds cant remem where i put it tho
     
  11. Vakarian

    Vakarian New Member

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    also a very ballenced rifle i have held it to the front and back of the trigger guard and it remains level
     
  12. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    It should be a pretty accurate rifle. Use it and enjoy it. :cool: