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Old 02-09-2019, 08:29 PM
nklem nklem is offline
 
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Default Uncle gave me a 1903. Can you help me identify and value It.

1903 given to me by my Uncle. Was sold to him from a WW2 Army Doctor over 30 years ago and lived in a closet. I got it covered in dust. Here are photos. I know its a Remington and dated 1942. That's about what I know. It is in pretty good condition for a 77 year old military rifle. I know the sling is a repro. Any help is appreciated. I do not know if I am going to keep it or sell it. I have no need for it and am not into Military Memorabilia but would love to know more about it.

Thank you in advance. Here is a link to more hi res photos on google. I decided to take a lot of them. I have not found how to upload them directly.

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Old 02-09-2019, 08:45 PM
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Very nice--it has the "transition" receiver with the flats cut for the coming A3 mod... value would be the high range if it has a decent bore. Good investment that you can enjoy more than a block of stocks or bonds. Good Shooting. ..
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:22 PM
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Definitely a "later" transition. Looks like lots of handling and storage dings on stock but very clean.
Barrel and receiver dates match.
Hopefully, The stock sheen is from oil and flash. Bore looks good in pics.
I would value in high hundreds if bore gauges well, with mostly R marked parts.
As a matter of fact I would be a buyer, as I have early and middle transition rifles, and this would be a nice final Rem '03. PM if interested.
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:28 PM
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:00 PM
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After a second look, I see a "pinned stock" Maybe not correct for this rifle.
OP, a pinned stock is the shiny pins under the receiver horizontally through the stock. "03's used thicker bolts through drilled. The threaded "pins" were another cost saver in the 'A-3s production.
Experts, yes or no on a pinned '03 ?
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:26 PM
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After a second look, I see a "pinned stock" Maybe not correct for this rifle.
OP, a pinned stock is the shiny pins under the receiver horizontally through the stock. "03's used thicker bolts through drilled. The threaded "pins" were another cost saver in the 'A-3s production.
Experts, yes or no on a pinned '03 ?
In researching this issue from this site, http://www.trfindley.com/origstmps/m1903guidea.jpg

The pins are proper for the type 7 stock from Late 42 to 43 and it was a mistake in the design. That lead to the repaired crack at the base of the trigger-guard.
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:05 PM
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NK,Thanks for the reference. I don't have Poyer's book handy, and rarely use it.
Hopefully experts might comment.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:15 PM
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Your M1903 Remington appears mostly correct and original. I note the following issues with the rifle.

(1) The rear sight windage knob has been replaced.
(2) The milled lower band is not contemporary with the serial number. The band might possibly be original, but not likely.
(3) The buttplate appears to be a replacement. I see no "R" on the cap.

The rifle has moderate collector interest because it falls in the overlap serial range with M'03-A3 production, i.e., Remington was concurrently manufacturing both M1903's and M'03-A3's.

Good Luck!

J.B.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:13 PM
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realistic value of your Remington 1903 would be 750.00 to 850.00
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:35 PM
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Thank you all, I guess I will hang onto it.
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