Remington 03A3

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by mrm14, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    Just bought CA's 03A3. I'm going to make it a shooter and shoot the snot out of it. Barrel looks good but will have it checked out by local gunsmith. If barrel is not totally up to par it will recieve a new Kreiger barrel. Have been looking at the Timney trigger for it as well. The stock is not only beautiful, but it is in perfect condition. I believe it is an aftermarket stock and if it is, someone before CA acquired it, paid a few bucks more for it than for a O.E. replacement stock. The pull legenth is a little short for me and will have it corrected and add a 1" thick decel pad to the butt. Both CA and I are not sure about the bedding job that it has. It looks a bit more than a little sloppy. If it's a "Bubba job" it will be corrected. Muzzel brake will be changed out to a timed brake if the exsisting barrel is good to go. If the barrel has to be replaced I'm not sure that it will have a brake. Probably will scope it out with a Leupold VXIII 4.5-14X40mm scope that I have laying around, but not quite sure yet. I have another scope that I may use instead with 3-15X50mm in mills. Existing holes in stock look like they are made for flush cups which is the way I'll go for sling mounts and bipod. Not deciede to have it parked or blued yet. I kind of perfer parkerizing but a blue job may be what this rifle needs to really "pop". All in all for a sporterized rifle in existing process, I feel that it is nice piece to finish. Especially with that wood stock it has.
     
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  2. CA357

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    It's a beauty for sure. You'll put way more money into it than I would have and I know the end result will be sweet. Enjoy it.
     

  3. jpattersonnh

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    So, Where are the pics!!!!!!
     
  4. mrm14

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    O.K. here you go.


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  5. mrm14

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    Don, I want to thank you for this oppertunity with this rifle. I know it had to be a bit hard for you to part with it and that being said, I'll do her up proper.
     
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  6. CA357

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    What's really cool is that it matches your kitchen. :D
     
  7. mrm14

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    Yeah the cherry wood cabnits and the tad darker cherry wood chair to the dinette set does match pretty close.:D Hell even the counter tops compliment it as well.:D
     
  8. lonyaeger

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    A true "win-win" situation! Beautiful wood on that rifle....glad she got a good home.
     
  9. Yunus

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    That's a great looking gun. I'm interested to see how it shoots with some pics.
     
  10. mrm14

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    O.K. So I have the rifle down to the gunsmiths now and we found out a few things. The barrel looks good, however, we wont know for sure until they break it down and inspect. I'll know in a couple of days. The bedding job is real bad and it will have to be ground out and re-done. The holes that were drilled on the bottom of the forestock and the bottom of the butt are 0.9" in dia. and way too big for flush cups. O.D. of flush cups are 0.56". The gunsmith has some walnut dowel that pretty close matches the color of the stock and I'm having the existing holes in the stock doweled then re-drilled to the proper size for flush cups. When figuring for my LOP the Pachmyer 1" thick Decel pad plus a 1/4" stack plate will get the job done. I'm going with a Picitinny rail scope base which the gunsmith can provide. If the barrel is good to go I'll have those three little holes on the top of it plugged and will go for a matte black finish for all the metal. Also, am going to have the reciever and bolt trued.

    Not being familiar with this rifle I found out that the saftey lever of the fireing pin through the back of bolt has to be re-positioned for use of a scope. I checked out Timney Triggers and they make a trigger with saftey which only requires minor inleting of the wood stock for clearance. This should save near a couple hundred dollars over having the stock safety modified to clear the scope. The trigger is $94.00 and I was going to change out the trigger anyhow.

    I don't want to cut the barrel back any further than it has been to accomodate the brake it has now. So if the existing brake is removeable I'll be replacing it with a timed brake. If the barrel is near shot out I found a new O.E. barrel for $150.00.

    I should know by the end of the week what the gunsmith has discovered with the barrel and will go from there.

    Well, thats all for this update.
     
  11. jpattersonnh

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    MRM14, best of luck w/ her. They get real expensive real fast for us poor folk.
    Here is my last project!
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    There are always unseen issues that pop up.
     
  12. CA357

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    Thanks for the update. Like I said, you'll put way more money into it than I would have. ;)
     
  13. mrm14

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    JP thats one nice looking rifle you have there. I figure I'll be into this 03A3 for around $700.00 to $800.00 over the initial cost. I may forego the truing of the reciever and bolt as I don't believe that it will ever be a tack driver as I'm lately used to. So I may get out of this for around $600.00 or so and have a good Minuet Of Deer rifle.:D That Timney trigger with the safety in it really saves alot of $$$ also. I already have a couple of scopes and Badger rings laying around not being used so that saves there in a current way.
     
  14. Highpower

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    Oh, I think you would be surprised at what that rifle could do. ;)
     
  15. mrm14

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    Yes, as I understand it, it can be a precise rifle, however, I don't for one think, the barrel can take the heat and maintain precision in these timed events I've been into for the last several months. I'd have to have a #9 or so MTU barrel made for it. I'd need to have a detachable magazine set up for it, and the stock it has definately wouldn't work. Also, I already have a custom built long range 30 cal. rifle that consistantly puts holes in holes @100 yards and can group 6" or so @1000 yards on a good day.

    I'm going to keep this 03A3 as a sporter/hunting rifle in a light weight configuration and I think it will be absolutely sweeeet for that purpose.

    Besides, I'm getting away from the 30 cal for this long range endeavor as I've seen the error of my ways and as I speak here, am in the process of having a 6.5X47 cal rifle built on a BAT 3 lug reciever, with a 26" Krieger #9 MTU barrel, and a McMillan A3-5 stock. This will be my new competition rifle for TBRC and Long range events hopefully sometime before the end of 2011.
    The 300 Win. Mag. target rifle I have now will eventually be put away, and I figure with half the life of the second barrel shot out. But this is another story for another post here at a later time.
     
  16. Highpower

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    Well I'm glad to see the economy hasn't tanked for everybody. :eek: :)
     
  17. mrm14

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    HP, to be honest it's not been a bowel of cherries the last few months for my business either. Thankfully,in 2004 I paid off all my personal debt and use very little credit only to keep a good credit rating and own everything outright I have. Any finances over and beyond what I need I save and invest with a little of it kept out for my wants and passions which are finically small IMO.

    Now, I lost a coupel of large contracts where the projects were cancelled before start date due to the economy here in Cali. I was awarded these contracts in July this year and was to be well underway of the construction of one of these jobs the beginning of November. Well... So much for the economy.:( I do, however, alot of maintance contracts for several government and private large sized (acerage) complexes and when it rains is when this work really flies off the hook. Today I did a job walk at Aero Jet (Gencorp) and on the way back to office/home I was called by two other of my clients with maintaince issues. I'll be pretty much swamped until the middle of January 2011 with alot of 3 to 4 day jobs, which are usually more profitable.:)

    So for me and my small band of merry men theres near always something to do. It is the large new construction projects though, that usually get the company finicially ahead. Regardless, in my business I run a tight ship and keep more than enough finances to carry it and me for quite along time if things get real bad.

    So that being said the 03A3 is underway being finished into a nice light weight sweeeet sporter and the new 6.5mm target rifle will be paid on incrimentally until it is finished, which should be no sooner than September of 2011.
     
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    03A3 Update

    The gunsmith called this last mid week and said that the headspace checked out O.K. and that most of the work that is being done to it is complete. He wanted the scope that I'll be using for it to be dropped off before he cut the bolt handle and welded it back to reposition it to clear the scope. So I dropped off the scope today and got to check out what he has done so far and it looks real good. The wood doweling matches very well to the existing color and grain of the stock, the bedding job is superb now, the Decel pad and the 1/4" stack plate is on and complete, the new timed brake is installed, the inletting of the stock and the reciever for the Timney trigger is complete, and the reciever has been drilled and tapped for the scope base.

    The gunsmith talked me into going with the Leupold standard rings and a two piece base set up that doesn't require that the mounting boss for the stock rear iron sight be ground off the reciever and to save a few $$$. Also for the time being he talked me into using QD studs for the forestock and butt of the rifle for sling and bipod. If she's a shooter it will be easy to replace the QD studs with flush cups later.

    All thats left to do to it is a tad of clean up and metal finish after the bolt knob is complete. It should be done and ready to go in about a week or so.