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TheGrinch 01-20-2019 03:57 PM

Serial stamped in bolt "knob"
 
I'm a bit of a newbie at 1903s. I have purchased a Remington what I believe to be "modified". I have found a wealth of information about it via NRA and CMP internet information, but there is one thing I just can't figure out. The bolt "knob" on the handle of the bolt has the last 4 of the serial number stamped into it. I'm beginning to think that maybe this was something done by a one-time owner of the rifle since I can't locate anything that mentions this type of thing.

Does anyone know anything about this? The bolt has all of the correct stamping for a Remington bolt. The R being stamped in two different places and an inspection stamp (I assume) of a box with a 7 in it.

Thanks,
Grinch

bigwagon 01-20-2019 05:17 PM

I've seen that on many of the Greek-return 1903s sold by the CMP. They also marked them with an electro-pencil. I have a loose bolt I purchased with both (one number stamped on top flat and a different number E-P'ed on side of handle).

flatheadsal 01-20-2019 05:38 PM

Just recently won a low number NRA sales rifle bolt is wrong according to JB and stamped with these numbers that don't match the serial number?????? I believe this rifle was here long before the Greek returns.

https://i.imgur.com/7MxPq6w.jpg

Rick the Librarian 01-20-2019 05:58 PM

The Greek returns were usually etched on the bolt handle "flat" with the last four rifle numbers, not the knob.

TheGrinch 01-20-2019 06:44 PM

So nice to see someone else with the same thing. That is exactly how mine looks as well.

John Beard 01-20-2019 08:18 PM

Some CMP Greek rifles had bolts with knobs numbered in that fashion. I saw scores, if not hundreds of them at the CMP. Whether the Greeks did it is debatable. But I can say with assurance that the U.S. didn't do it. So it was done in a foreign country who had possession of the rifles.

J.B.

flatheadsal 01-20-2019 09:08 PM

assuming my 03 is possibly a sales rifle as you said JB then it never would have left the US. True? Maybe the bolt was taken from an export and used in my rifle for headspace or safety purposes

flatheadsal 01-20-2019 09:17 PM

https://i.imgur.com/NxxexNB.jpg

the numbers don't match anyway

https://i.imgur.com/e5vYo3u.jpg

John Beard 01-20-2019 10:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flatheadsal (Post 1795058)
assuming my 03 is possibly a sales rifle as you said JB then it never would have left the US. True? Maybe the bolt was taken from an export and used in my rifle for headspace or safety purposes

Your explanation is entirely reasonable, especially since the numbers don't match.

J.B.

flatheadsal 01-21-2019 12:04 AM

Thanks JB and I apologize to the OP for hijacking his thread! :GS:


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