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Old 10-01-2018, 03:13 PM
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Hi this is my first post and I have a few questions about a rifle I have.

I have a 1903 from Rock Island, I think it was built in 1906. The stock appears to have been replaced and or sanded and finished so no stamps and the barrel has no date but its finish appears to be the same as the receiver. I am told it may be a Sedgley rifle but cannot say for sure. I have some pics I am going to figure out how to post - any help telling me what I might have would help. Also - does the hot lead treatment that M1's get help the early 1903 receivers? I am trying to figure out how it fits in my collection.

Thanks in advance!

Bjor13

https://postimg.cc/fJVF4MKD

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Old 10-01-2018, 03:46 PM
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Hmmm...NICE stock even though apparently all marks may have been sanded off or it report(?) 1st thing I would do is remove the stock and hand guards to oo in there are ANY parkings on the barrel or inside the wood. There are some REAL '03 RIA experts here. Maybe they'll have more astute observations.... It is interesting that your rear sight collar appears to not have holes drilled on the forward end for "pinning" the colar to the barrel. I came up with an "early" barrel just like that.
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Old 10-01-2018, 04:18 PM
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thanks Gunny! I would be happy to share any pics that would help!
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Old 10-01-2018, 05:23 PM
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Default Original serials should be scroll if that low

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Old 10-01-2018, 06:47 PM
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those pics raise more questions than answers. Any thoughts about what mine might be?
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:17 PM
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The grind marks on the underside of the rear sight base scream rebuild/put-together to me.
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Old 10-01-2018, 10:27 PM
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I have done a little looking around, I am not sure at what point the serial number changes from script to block but i found several for sale that are near that range with similar style serial numbers

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/781647597

does anyone know when RIA changed their stamp?
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Old 10-01-2018, 10:43 PM
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Transition from script numbers to block was in 1910. Why the 1st 3 numbers appear a touch larger than the last 3 an a very slight port list, I can't tell you. Maybe RTL or John Beard wil weight in here.....
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Old 10-01-2018, 11:50 PM
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I can't be 100% certain, but you appear to have a Sedgley cadet rifle. And it looks like Bubba gunsmith re-blued it and sanded and refinished the stock. Most Sedgley cadet rifles were heavily buffed and polished on the receiver and the markings are usually very thin. So Sedgley apparently re-serialized the receiver.


Your rifle would fit very well in your collection right above the fire place.


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Old 10-02-2018, 09:15 AM
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Thanks for the help, glad to hear I should hang it above the fireplace vs toss it in.
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