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Old 07-18-2019, 07:59 AM
ARLawrence ARLawrence is offline
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Location: Oklahoma City Oklahoma
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Originally Posted by BSAGuy View Post
That looks great and a fitting tribute to your great grandfather. I am sure he would be proud of your efforts.

I strongly suggest that you get a gunsmith, or perhaps a member here (i bet someone would help for free if you pay postage both ways), to correctly seat your barrel. Two reasons, first is safety - you wouldn't want some unsuspecting future owner to assume this is safe, fire it, and encounter a problem. Second, with a properly seated barrel, you could take your tribute to the next level and shoot it yourself. It would be fun to enjoy all your hard work that way.

For the stock, post a "want to buy" in the classifieds here. There is likely a CMP poster who can scratch your itch.
You are 100% correct. I really need to have it seated right. My step son is really interested in it and would love to shoot it with him. But it needs to be safe.

I bought most of the parts thru this site with a WTB ad here. I love the CMP forum. I should of posted a WTB add instead of rolling the dice on the eBay stock
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Old 07-18-2019, 09:09 AM
Firstflabn Firstflabn is online now
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Don't want to rain on your parade, but the 79th Division in WWI carried M1917s.
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:24 PM
broomhandle broomhandle is offline
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Originally Posted by Firstflabn View Post
Don't want to rain on your parade, but the 79th Division in WWI carried M1917s.
Hi Firstflabn,

For the sake of family history, I hope he can live with a 03.

As we all know the fabled Sergeant York managed to adopt a rifle, that was not originally allotted to his unit. It was done in WW-1 & WW-2 with great vigor!
Good catch on the correct history of the rifle & unit.

Enjoy every day,
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Old 07-19-2019, 01:21 AM
Col. Colt Col. Colt is offline
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I would send it to Chuck in Denver and I bet it would come back for reasonable and right. Don't leave it in a dangerous condition that might hurt the unknowing. Besides, someone close to you is waiting to shoot it!

US GI M1903 parts are generally pretty right. I assembled my M1903/1941 USMC "Sniper" starting with an original 1939 USMC stock, a proven Springfield nickel steel drill rifle action, a good measuring used SA barrel from 1935 (had to install a sight collar assembly, also) and misc. parts - all proper make and vintage. When it was assembled it headspaced fine (with a NOS bolt) and when a laser boresighter was used, the sights were perfectly boresighted at their centered position. This from a gathering of parts! Pretty impressive machining on all the parts to just "fall together" - dead nuts ON! CC
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