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Old 06-03-2017, 07:22 PM
Calfed Calfed is offline
 
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Default Springfield Sporter or NM

This weekend I won a Springfield Sporter style rifle at an auction. I got it pretty cheap and was encouraged by the fact that it is listed on the Springfield research Service data base...but as a NM model. It is strange, however, because dozens of rifles before this one and dozens after, all consecutive serials, are listed as Sporters.

I'm guessing that the data base is off or that a buyer converted a NM model to a sporter configuration.

Description advised a serial number of 1266801 and a "Star Crown".










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Old 06-03-2017, 07:51 PM
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If you will post the star gauge record number, and where it's located, perhaps I can identify it for you.

J.B.
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Old 06-03-2017, 08:14 PM
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If you will post the star gauge record number, and where it's located, perhaps I can identify it for you.

J.B.
Thanks, John. I'll take you up on that when it arrives.
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Old 06-03-2017, 08:49 PM
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Surely has the Sporter look. M1922 buttstock is always easy on the eyes.
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Old 06-04-2017, 07:16 AM
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Good looking vintage target rifle. How's it shoot?
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Old 06-04-2017, 11:40 AM
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Surely has the Sporter look. M1922 buttstock is always easy on the eyes.
Thanks, Martin

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Good looking vintage target rifle. How's it shoot?
Not sure yet...I'll post a range report when it arrives.
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Old 06-04-2017, 11:42 AM
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Is there a circle P inside the pistol grip? If that proof mark is missing then the stock was probably bought and put on the rifle. I don't see a key groove in the rear of the barrel. The NRA Sporter barrel did not have the keyway milled into the barrel. The rear sight does not have the hinged peep in the front of the sight aperture. NRA Sporters had the hinged peep.
The NRA Sporters of that serial number range had the serial number of the rifle etched in the top of the bolt. The parkerized bolt doesn't look original. Original bolt was polished. in the white. The wood around the buttplate is a little proud of the steel. If the stock had been shortened the steel buttplate would be larger than the rear of the stock.
The original barrel on that receiver would probably been dated in late 1926.

That is a good looking rifle.
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Old 06-04-2017, 11:57 AM
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Thanks, Herschel.

I'm hoping for the best on this rifle. I tried to bid based on the uncertainties of buying at an online auction. I got it for $525, plus a 13% "buyers premium"...call it $600.

Hoping at that price, it was still a good deal...even with some warts.

I've heard that the barrel profile on the Sporter is different than a regular 1903 barrel. Do you know if that is true and how different the Sporter barrel is?
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Old 06-04-2017, 12:00 PM
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I would think either way at $600 you got a heck of a deal.
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Old 06-04-2017, 12:20 PM
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I have a NM 1903 that was upgraded to a Sporter. Some folks really used them! !!
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