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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-22-2011, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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1903 Receiver - Bolt

My beloved 1903 has finally succumbed to age. The barrel is a sewer pipe and the head space is shot.

My option was to rebarrel it - or replace it with a new rifle. The newer rifle option won out - personal choice.

My question is, is there still a demand for the receiver - bolt assemblies (sporterized / blued). Are folks still looking for these actions for custom builds?

I will also have the custom stock for sale if I part this out.

Looking for options on the good parts of this rifle. Right now, a rebuild is not in the cards for me.

Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-22-2011, 12:26 PM
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It is well worth a new barrel, my opinion. I am sure if you list the rifle " AS IS " on Gunbroker or similiar auction site you will be very surprised at what you get. There was a guy years ago in Catawissa who made gorgeous rifles out of them. He removed the cocking piece and used his own custom pin to replace it. I am sure there are many who could make it shine.

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post some pics and the $$ you want. might get a sale right here.
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there are still some gi barrels floating around cheap. headspace and blue. done.

also Shaw.
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Re: 1903 Receiver - Bolt

Some still covet 1903 actions. Bein's I already have two 1903s, I'd give ya a dollar for that relic, easy?



Put the rifle in the classifieds, start 'er off at $300 OBO.

Someone will want to know what the Ser. # is, so they can see if it's one of the actions that are suspect, due to improper heat treating.

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I love Springfield 03 actions. They make the coolest looking sporters ever.
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Mine is on a US Rem version of the 1903, made in June of 1942. Figure it was sporterized in the 1950s, by the style of the walnut stock, low scope safety and recoil pad (which is now as hard as carbon). Still has the original GI barrel, shoots very well. Put an old K4 steel Weaver on it, which is about period-perfect for that rifle.

Also have another June '42 US Rem in full military configuration, except that the original stock has been cut back. Also an excellent shooter. Have killed deer with both of 'em.

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Go to the CMP website & Forum. Ask same questions on rebuild but do not Butcher It. To much CMP Shooting being done with "AS-Issue" 1903's & Garands. (IF you don't want it I have a Nice 600 Remington, 6MM Remington, a real one with a vent rib that can go).

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Mine is on a US Rem version of the 1903, made in June of 1942. Figure it was sporterized in the 1950s, by the style of the walnut stock, low scope safety and recoil pad (which is now as hard as carbon). Still has the original GI barrel, shoots very well. Put an old K4 steel Weaver on it, which is about period-perfect for that rifle.

Also have another June '42 US Rem in full military configuration, except that the original stock has been cut back. Also an excellent shooter. Have killed deer with both of 'em.

Mine is a Smith-Corona made in '43 and it is sporterized and rechambered to .308 Norma magnum. It has a walnut stock with monte carlo and cheekpiece and it wears a classic Bushnell Scopechief that still works fine. It also has a very crisp Jaeger trigger and chrome plated bolt and bolt handle.
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Re: 1903 Receiver - Bolt

Bluetick hasn't replied. Maybe his wheels are turning. Do I smell burning rubber?

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