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SA1941 01-09-2018 04:03 PM

My $200 Drill Rifle from Dupage
 
Ok gents, here we go. This is my February 1943 Remington 03. It is wearing the correct barrel, and I am assuming that a R.A stamped barrel is Remington Arms. From what I can tell of the band springs, the wood is original Remington wood. So far what I can determine, this rifle is all original, but I am no 03 expert, so I will leave it to those who know these rifles to tell me what I have got. Can't tell if the cartouche is FJA?? And what does OG stand for on the butt stock? I apologize for the poor picture quality, as my good camera is down right now. Thanks in advance for the help! Now, I gotta go get that dremel tool cranked up, and get busy!

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LGreene2 01-09-2018 04:15 PM

OG within the box indicates the stock (or this rifle or another) went through a rebuild or inspection at Ogden Arsenal at Hill Air Force Base (HAFB originally called Hill Field) near Ogden, Utah.

You may have a Smith Corona stock. Smith Corona stocks have four sub assembly stamps with numbers: within a triangle, within a circle, within a diamond and within a square in front of the trigger guard. These four sub assembly stamps are typically found on Smith Corona stocks along with a non-serif proof P inside a circle.

FJA stamp is found on both Remington and Smith Corona stocks.

Have fun.

broomhandle 01-09-2018 04:23 PM

Hi Sir,

OG was a WW-2 wartime armory in Ogden UT. Don't know it's present status.

Looks like lots of bolt action rifles passed through there. Two of the three of my rifles are marked OG too.
I don't know if Ogden did the welding or just checked the returning rifles were still functional. :confused: I'm sure other can give you more info.

Good luck with all your ventures,
broom

SA1941 01-09-2018 04:30 PM

Thanks to you both for the info. Bummer about the wood not being Remington. Oh, well, at least I got a Remington receiver. Also, thanks for clarification on the OG stamp. After spending so much time with M1 Garands over the past several years, 03s have turned into a refreshing break from the normal pace. Just now starting to sit down and learn about these fine rifles. Thanks again for the help!

LGreene2 01-09-2018 05:04 PM

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Originally Posted by SA1941 (Post 1671951)
Thanks to you both for the info. Bummer about the wood not being Remington. Oh, well, at least I got a Remington receiver. Also, thanks for clarification on the OG stamp. After spending so much time with M1 Garands over the past several years, 03s have turned into a refreshing break from the normal pace. Just now starting to sit down and learn about these fine rifles. Thanks again for the help!

If it is a Smith Corona stock it has a little more value then a Remington stock. You would have no trouble trading it or selling it.

Kansasbobcat 01-09-2018 07:33 PM

Dupage drill rifle
 
Good looking rifle! As good as many of the ones I got from CMP years ago. Quite a bit of weld on the cut-off but fixable. How much weld on the receiver.That is more important if you are going to activate as a shooter. I do not mean to restart the discussion on shooting drill rifles...

SA1941 01-09-2018 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Kansasbobcat (Post 1672032)
Good looking rifle! As good as many of the ones I got from CMP years ago. Quite a bit of weld on the cut-off but fixable. How much weld on the receiver.That is more important if you are going to activate as a shooter. I do not mean to restart the discussion on shooting drill rifles...

She will be reactivated! ;) The weld is about average. Actually, the weld itself is paper thin, it just covers all the underside of the receiver. The mag cutoff lever is worse. The cutoff wheel on the dremel will go through it inside 5 minutes I bet. I reactivated a M1 last year with more weld than this. It will take some care, but I can get this fixed. Guess what I'll be working on this weekend? ;)

Carriec 01-09-2018 09:25 PM

They are fun. Good luck with it. Will be nice to see the finished product. Would be interesting to know more of the provenance on these. Do all of yours have the sloppy hand painted rack numbers on them like mine? I wonder if they all came from a particular unit?

SA1941 01-09-2018 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Carriec (Post 1672085)
They are fun. Good luck with it. Will be nice to see the finished product. Would be interesting to know more of the provenance on these. Do all of yours have the sloppy hand painted rack numbers on them like mine? I wonder if they all came from a particular unit?

Mine has a 1 on the top handguard, and a 19 on the bottom of the buttstock. It would be interesting to know exactly where Dupage got these. I have always wondered that myself.

Carriec 01-09-2018 09:48 PM

Like most things they have a story to tell. Mine has 4 on the bottom of the stock near the upper band and 68 just above the lower sling swivel. Lot of what looks like rack bites possibly chain marks just forward of the forward trigger guard screw. Your cartouches are much cleaner than mine.


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