Remington 03-A3 questions

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by JasonPalmlund, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. JasonPalmlund

    JasonPalmlund New Member

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    Hi everyone! My father in law gave me his dads 03-A3 for elk/deer season and I have a question or two about it that I couldn't find out. First, how easy/hard would it be to modify the stock to install a sling? ImageUploadedByFirearms Talk1391373088.509821.jpg
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    Second, since I live in very heavily wooded area, would it be worth my time getting a scope or sticking to the iron sights since most my shots would be between 100 and 150 yards away?

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  2. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    Installing sling swivel studs is fairly simple. Getting the hole in the stock drilled straight and clean is the most challenging aspect. Make certain that you use the proper size drill bit so that you do not drill too large of a hole or so small of a hole that you split the stock while tightening down the stud. Should you choose to do that.

    Also there are slings that slip around the barrel and pistol-grip area. You will have to try one to see if it interferes with your sight picture, from the pictures it doesn't look like it would interfere.

    Since the gun does not look like it is drilled and tapped for a scope, I would leave the peep sight on it and work toward becoming proficient with the peep. Also, that is how your grandfather-in-law and f-I-l hunted with it and IMO, it would be awesome to hand it down years from now in the same configuration. Never sell that gun, it's a family heirloom that can be treasured for many more generations.
     

  3. JasonPalmlund

    JasonPalmlund New Member

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    Thanks for the info! I'll look up some slide on slings since I'd like to keep it all original.

    As it is, his only two grand kids (my son and daughter) are going to get a nice collection of heirloom firearms. With the exception of 1 shotgun and revolver, every firearm we own has been passed down to me and my wife. In fact, I just took my seven year old son out to shoot my dads single shot .22 for the first time that he got when he was 7!
     
  4. Hawg

    Hawg New Member

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    Well its not exactly original now since it has been restocked with a sporter stock. Mounting a scope is another can of worms since there's more to it than just drilling and tapping. As it is you could have it restored to military configuration. If it was me I'd leave it as is and enjoy it.
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    The stock is a generic aftermarket feel free to sling it up.

    DONT drill the reciever!!!!!!

    Its rare to find a sporterized a303 that hasn't been bubba smithed!! Your father inlaw was wise to leave it as is.

    However there is a solution. Sk no drill mounts for the a3-03 replaces the rear sight allowing you to put it back to original if you want. Actually better than risking some goober mis-drilling the reciever.

    You will need to mod the stock a little for the front band but since your stock isn't original its no biggee.
     
  6. DrumJunkie

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    Putting a scope on them usually involves removing he rear sight and drilling and tapping there and just ahead of the bolt on the receiver/ chamber area. With shots not getting outside of 150 it wont matter much. I wouldn't do it it was me. THere are other ways to mount a scope on them bu tI can't remember the specifics.
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i wouldn't drill and tap the reciever in any way for a scope. two reasons.

    one, that gun hasn't been bubbafied as others have said and looks to only have an aftermarket stock. i would leave it as is, unmolested.

    two, some of the steels used in the 03-A3 rifles recievers was very hard and many a drill and tap have been broken off in them trying to get them drilled and threaded. getting a broken drill or tap out after it's been broken is an ordeal in itself. not a job for someone who isn't familiar with doing it.
     
  8. therewolf

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    Don't put a scope on it. You are hunting in an

    area where a scope will just slow you down.

    In short woods, you will be much faster with

    iron sights.
     
  9. dteed4094

    dteed4094 New Member

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    The best way to sling it is find a correct stock and sling. What it will do for the value of the gun is triple what the cost of the stock will be.
     
  10. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    of course if you take it back to the original stock, you lose

    the cheek-rest and the free-floating barrel.
     
  11. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    This is a good point. Drilling these old mauser and springfield actions is like drilling granite with spaghetti if you don't have specialized machine tools.

    The typical smith has drill presses and low end mills. You need a mill or press and bits designed to do this sort of thing and those aren't common or cheap and won't be found in a typical gunsmith shop.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    though i have never broken one in a gun before, i have broken drill bits and taps in other things like engine parts and such, and it's not fun in the least to get them removed.

    i have heard that some of the older rifles had some hard steel from others who have tried to drill and tap them.
     
  13. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    At the end of the day, I'd recommend embracing it for what it is,

    rather than risking problems, by trying to turn it into something it

    isn't, and never will be.
     
  14. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    agree with the others.....NO SCOPE! what you have there is (with exception being the stock) a very cool historical rifle. Go buy a cheap Savage or something if you need to hunt with a scoped rifle. Better yet, I'll trade you right now for a modern hunting rifle........(OK let me see the bore first lol)