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Old 01-08-2017, 11:32 AM
Colter44 Colter44 is offline
 
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I just picked up a Remington 1903 a few days ago and had a question about it. When I began to tear it down for a good cleaning i found that the front sight was that of an 03A3, could this possibly be correct for the rifle? it is a Remington barrel 3-42, I believe it is original to the rifle. The serial number is 3064404, any information would be great.
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Old 01-08-2017, 11:40 AM
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Your serial # matched with a known serial block for M1903 Remington assembly in April 1942
(Ref:Remington Serialization Date Chart Last Updated - 03/20/2005[compiled by William Hanson] Remington M1903/A3/A4)

some research info: http://www.vishooter.net/m1903.html

the owner of that site is a member here....

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Old 01-08-2017, 12:19 PM
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I just picked up a Remington 1903 a few days ago and had a question about it. When I began to tear it down for a good cleaning i found that the front sight was that of an 03A3, could this possibly be correct for the rifle? it is a Remington barrel 3-42, I believe it is original to the rifle. The serial number is 3064404, any information would be great.
Can you provide a closeup picture of the front sight?
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:30 PM
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I just picked up a Remington 1903 a few days ago and had a question about it. When I began to tear it down for a good cleaning i found that the front sight was that of an 03A3, could this possibly be correct for the rifle? it is a Remington barrel 3-42, I believe it is original to the rifle. The serial number is 3064404, any information would be great.
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Old 01-08-2017, 04:34 PM
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Thanks for all the answers. After cleaning more of the crud and whatever they used to finish the stock that is all over the metal parts as well, I can see that it is the correct 03 style front sight.
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Old 01-08-2017, 04:36 PM
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Any suggestions as to what to use to remove the varnish from the metal parts of the rifle without damaging the finish? It looks like when the previous owner refinished the stock, they did it with the rifle still assembled. any help would be great.
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Old 01-08-2017, 06:22 PM
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I'd use something like Breakfree and a COPPER brush or similar.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:40 PM
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I prefer acetone. It will soften, dissolve and remove almost anything organic while having no effect on metal. Good Shooting. ...
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:46 PM
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Denatured Alcohol, lots of it. Start there it's the mildest. If that doesn't work then move to acetone/mineral spirits.
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:43 PM
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I have a M1917 stock with varnish on it. Will denatured alcohol used with oooo steel wool be sufficient to remove the varnish?
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