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Old 07-17-2017, 10:36 AM
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Question A4 Barrel Date Range?

I've come into ownership of an 03A4 that has been sporterized. The original barrel was shortened and turned down to a hunter profile and will need replacement.

SN for this A4 is 499xxxx which I understand will place it as a March 1944 produced rifle.

What would be the correct range of barrel dates that this A4 would have been built with?

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Old 07-17-2017, 12:49 PM
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It appears 12-43 barrel would/might be right.
This might be of help....
http://www.vishooter.net/RA4.txt
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:12 PM
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It appears 12-43 barrel would/might be right. This might be of help....
http://www.vishooter.net/RA4.txt
Thanks Shomway! I had forgotten about the vishooter list.

Agree, looks like I need a 12-43 barrel.

And...., a RA FJA scant stock.

Anybody have those just lying around in their spare parts pile?
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:58 PM
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CMP has/had the wood might try them. DuPage Trading also has/had the wood in the past. Also know Chuckindenver has/had the wood. Good luck.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:16 PM
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Thanks Calif-Steve for the reply and the reminders.

Its been a few years since I was focused on the 03 rifles. My memory and knowledge base is a bit rusty...., also on a new computer and a lot of the links to those 03 vendors were lost when I transfer my data from the old PC.

I'll also send a message to Chuck via the forum and discuss what we should do the rescue this sporterized A4.
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:19 PM
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10-43 to 1-44
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:48 PM
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What's the rest of the rifle look like? Bolt unaltered? Metal refinished?

Finding an A4 barrel might be tough. Stocks show up often enough. Both are pricey.

If the rest of the rifle is unaltered and still has an arsenal finish, go for it, if you have the funds.

If the receiver has been refinished commercially, find a replacement A3 barrel and have it and the receiver parked together. Then go cheap on a regular scant or C stock, and relieve it for the bolt yourself.

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Old 07-17-2017, 10:47 PM
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Mike,

Agree with you, no reason to throw stupid money around trying to make it something it will never be again - - - original.

Its been refinished...., in fact its still has a nice deep blued finish. I'm now in contact with chuckindenver and we will be discussing how to rescue this A4.

It has the correct A4 bolt and Redfield base, but no rings. It won't be a hard job to "unsporterize" but I have no plan to try to make it as it was in March 1944.

I'm thinking that its best to bring it back with sort of a post-war rebuild configuration. Maybe something my Dad might have been around during the Korean conflict.

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Old 07-20-2017, 10:19 PM
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If you don't find a preferred dated barrel I do have an NOS 3-44.
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Old 07-21-2017, 08:02 PM
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Correct barrel for an A4 in your SN range would be 12-43 or 1-44.
A later barrel would indicate a post war rebuild.
Earlier is unlikely but not impossible.
When using VI shooters list be aware that he publishes Two lists
One is just a list of observered serial numbers reported by internet posters
Two is a list of Serializatiin charts prepared by Bill Hansen which is more reliable.
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