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This is not a modification project just to Show something neat I have. I may refinish or leave it alone as is. I got this from my Grandfather before he died. He bought it I think in the 30's new as surplus. Still shoots great.

It has a Star gauge barrel and the bolt has the serial number engraved in it that match's the gun. He used to compete with it.

Not that I would ever sell it but I have seen prices all over the range. Any body know about what it is worth?

I will take some more pics but here is the one I have
 

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Nothing looks the quite same as the patina of an old, well loved rifle stock.

I wouldn't even worry about the value of it. I would however do whatever was required to ensure that my grandchildren were proud to own a rifle that was first purchased by their grandfather's grandfather.
 

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I know that a Star gauge barrel is a fine barrel. Other than that, the fact that it's been sporterized detracts greatly from its numerical value. I've seen prices average from $500. to around $700. for them in that condition.

What you really have is a legacy from your Grandfather and a piece of family history. Value it and treat it well. In my humble opinion, don't refinish or alter it in any way. Clean it, lubricate it and by all means, shoot it.

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Click on the thumbnail, this is an unmodified Springfield 1903:



Here's a video as well:

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Y6nk9R1a3E[/ame]
 

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You can find an authentic looking stock for it. That's the way it looks best.

Northridge has some used surplus stocks.

Sarco occasionally has some too.

Many people would buy these surplus rifles and cut the stocks down to save weight. That's what "sporterizing" is. That's what was done to yours. Maybe it was like that when purchased. It lessens the value to us collectors who love original configurations, but it has no effect on sentimental value or use of the rifle.
 

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Nice Unit

Ridgerunneras.

It looks like you have an original 1903 sporter. Price range from 7000 to 1800 depending on condition. Wish I had your gun.

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Very nice indeed! Who manufactured the rifle? My dad bought one in Arsenal New condition which had never been fired. It was made by Smith Corona. He traded the military stock to his friend for a beautifully figured Monte Carlo Walnut sporter stock that was sold by JC Penny at the time. That destroyed any collectors value even for an unfired 1903. I may be wrong, but your pic looks like the barrel is shorter and tapered more than the original military config barrel - which means it probably won't fit well in a military stock.
 

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This post is coming late but I hope that you have done nothing to modify / refinish your Springfield. Springfield manufactured a sporter version of the
Springfield Rifle for a short time that looked like the rifle you have. They had I believe a Lyman Model 48 rear sight on the rear receiver bridge. Springfield was stopped from making these because the government was in competition with private industry, not an acceptable thing. Not many of these were produced but they did have star gauged barrels. In any condition these are highly desirable; but unmodified and in excellent condition they bringing prices from a collector that are out of sight. Someone in an earlier thread mentioned $7,000 and I would agree with that or more. UNMODIFIED MEANS ORIGINAL FINISH ON THE STOCK!!! Refinishing the stock could literally cost thousands in value. The only thing you should do this rifle is keep it clean, keep it oiled down and don't "ding" the stock or metal. The next thing is to go on line and Google Springfield Sporters and researcch them. You should be able find out all the information on your rifle to correctly identify it. Sonewhere there is probably a list of serial numbers that that Springfield Armory used in the production of the sporters.

Another very collectable Springfield is the T model or Target. Very few people are aware that Springfield even produced such a model. Today the ongoing "craze" seems to center more on modern military weapons like M16's, M1's, ak's sks's, etc., and that is understandable. But campare the quality of manufacture of a "Springfield" Springfield Rifle, work the bolt, look at the quality machine parts and then compare them to the stampings and castings and cost saving measure used in modern military firearms you will get a real appreciation for the former. This in no way is intended to condem modern military firearms and there are a lot of coutom builders that are making them into super firearms with tack driving accuracy. This is like compaing classical to contemoprary, each has its proponents and some like them all.
 

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That's a good looking rifle. In my opinion too much is being made of "in original military condition" in today's world. The only thing accomplished by storing a gun in a safe is to allow the metal to crystallize and bluing to oxidize in total darkness. Those people forget that the purpose of a gun is to be shot and to shoot well. Likewise way to much is being made of scopes and 400 yard accuracy. Most game in the Northeast US is sighted a lot closer than that where iron sights work both quicker and just as well. I suspect your grandfather knew that. If I could afford a Springfield rifle like that and stumbled upon it, I would probably buy it.

Forty years ago I met a man, an old man, a World War I vet. I met him at a butcher near Tannersville, NY to which a friend and I had brought a deer we had killed. The old man was there for the same reason. His rifle was more or less just like yours. He told us that during WWI he had carried a Springfield, and sometime in the 20s he bought that one and had it sporterized with the peep sight and the shorter stock. He told us he never felt the need to replace it. I guess not.

We had killed our deer with a shoulder to heart shot. His was hit hit in the back of the skull. We learned it was a running shot at about 100 yards and he had timed the shot to coincide with the jump. Its forty years and many rifles later and I still lack enough confidence to try a shot like that casually. Speaking to the butcher later we learned the old timer brought in two or three deer a year and had been doing that for decades since the butcher's father first began his business in the area. To the butcher's recollection almost all of the man's deer were head shots. Always with the same rifle.



I learned something that day. Beware the man who has only one gun. He is probably pretty good with it.
 

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I know this is an old thread. If that rifle is butchered it will cost serious money. I hope the OP did some homework on that gun. There are several features on the gun that suggest if is an sporter. Have at it. It's your rifle is my opinion. Remember, that will be seriously expensive stock refinish and blue job. Yes, those guns are accurate. Mine can do near minute of angle with the Lyman 48....of course that was done when I could see. Also, the historical aspect goes down the tubes with that refinish.
 
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I hope you are correct! He simply needs to take care of it an keep it because it was Grand Paw's. That makes it priceless to me!! :)

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I hope you are correct! He simply needs to take care of it an keep it because it was Grand Paw's. That makes it priceless to me!! :)

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Really, how do you put a price on your heritage?
 

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You are correct you can not put a value on those pieces of Heritage. They are priceless to the individual who inherited them.
I have several of my Grandfathers Guns and other items. I would never put a price on them because they are not for sale. Simply to me and the family members who will inherit them when I am gone. And they already know who they are! They are simply priceless and of great value emotionally to us as a family. I could see maybe putting a value on them for Insurance purposes only but IMO they could not be replaced and no amount of insurance money could replace them.

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We were one stop ahead of Bubba on this rifle. We had to get the bolt reshaped after it had been attacked with a file. The safety had some dubious work. We did get the rifle with period sling swivels. The metal is a 1927 vintage National Match rifle. Star Gauge and bolt numbered to the receiver. Metal on OP's gun may have been similar.

The rear sight is an old style Lyman 48; It was a major operation to get the cosmoline out of the stock. The original buttplate and grip cap were missing. The replacements are made rosewood. The stock is unmarked. We have no idea who did the work. Even with this custom sporter all efforts were made to keep the rifle right for what it is.

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The serial number range put the rifle in 1927-127xxxx. Also, the Springfield Research was going then and this number appeared among a group of NM rifles. Back when we were fiddling with these guns there was not much data on them compared to what's there today. I'm not aware of any original low number NM rifles as in the 1920's and 30's. You know the Marine Corps never took up their low number 03's.
 
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