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Old 10-15-2021, 04:57 PM
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I have a very early 1903a4 and I am trying to verify it would have a Weaver 330 commercial scope , My S/N is 341062x

Would a weaver 330 m8 be more correct or would a plain 330 s be more correct ?

Pictures of her can be seen here


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https://www.flickr.com/photos/193435...2/51593126681/

Thank you for any advice
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Old 10-15-2021, 07:07 PM
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As it went through a rebuild at some point in time, any military scope (M73B1, Weaver 330, M84, M81, M82) would be correct.
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Old 10-15-2021, 08:22 PM
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How do we tell from those pics that this rifle went through a rebuild? I’ve read that the 330s were used pretty early (first few hundred?) so this one more likely would have had the M73B1? Just throwing it out there. Nice looking rifle by the way… thanks for showing her.
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Old 10-15-2021, 08:40 PM
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The rifle has a M1903 milled trigger guard. M1903A3 (A4) came with stamped trigger guards.
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Old 10-15-2021, 09:57 PM
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How do we tell from those pics that this rifle went through a rebuild? I’ve read that the 330s were used pretty early (first few hundred?) so this one more likely would have had the M73B1? Just throwing it out there. Nice looking rifle by the way… thanks for showing her.
Thank you Mr. Gerbich I really appreciate it.

With Mine made May-June 1943 my best guess around 3,537 A4 made I was trying to get as close as original as possible

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Old 10-15-2021, 10:08 PM
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The rifle has a M1903 milled trigger guard. M1903A3 (A4) came with stamped trigger guards.
Thank you for pointing this out for me Mr. Stern, They say never by the story, I got it from a real good friend who inherited it from his Dad who brought it home from West Germany however it had no scope or lower stock. He told me he had the lower stock made when he was stationed in Germany years latter so it has a 4 grove barrel, R stamped bolt and safety does the Redfield base look correct?
Looking forward to getting to how she groups

Thank you all for advice and tips
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Old 10-16-2021, 07:44 AM
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Back in the 1960's, 1903 and 03A3 parts were readily available and very cheap from the Department of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM). You could get everything needed to build a rifle (minus the receiver) - including the barrel and stock - for about five bucks.

One of the popular things to do with 03A3 rifles - especially when sporterizing them - was to replace the stamped trigger guard with a milled one.
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Whether or not your rifle has been through a “rebuild” it certainly looks nice. The stock is gorgeous. The rifle’s story is neat. I like the Alaskan better than the 330/M73B1 so that is what is on the rifle I sometimes shoot. The one I don’t shoot has the B1. At any rate thanks for letting us see her. I get to learn new stuff every day! God bless.
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Old 12-06-2021, 01:52 AM
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With help from Harleystoo and oneshot37
I got her finished even found a stamped trigger housing just can’t bring myself to change it .


Final scope shot:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/193435...posted-public/

Couple more Remington’s thrown in.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/193435...posted-public/
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Old 12-06-2021, 12:25 PM
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Jeff,

I believe the theory that the M8 was never really used on the A4. There is also more people that agree with that than those that believe it was, so to most collectors, the M8 wouldnt be correct. It would be very hard, but doable, to find a Weaver 330 with the electropencil on the side of M73B1 and sn for it.

In the mean time, i recommend for a shooting scope, try to find a Weaver 440. It is identical to the Weaver 330/M73b1 (with the exception of the data plate), so it would look correct on the rifle. The bonus for this scope is that it is a 4x so much better than the 330.
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