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Old 01-15-2018, 09:57 PM
Good Ol' Boy Good Ol' Boy is offline
 
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Default What to do with this 03?

So long story short I recently picked up this 03. Kinda an impulse buy, I really liked the stock. The rifle is nicely glass bedded. Haven't shot it yet.

Anyhow, I don't know what to do with it. The barrel and receiver aren't drilled or anything, barrel is full length with military front sight, but the receiver looks like it has been re-blued, but the barrel has really worn finish. Rifling is in excellent shape.

I posted if this rifle might be USMC issue in another thread: http://forums.thecmp.org/showthread.php?t=219358

So my question is what to do with it. I really can't use it as is, I just can't stand the sights for hunting use. So the options as I see them:

-I could drill and tap for scope, but then I ruin the collectors value, but increase the usefulness to me

- I could rescue it from its condition. However, that would be really expensive. I also really don't have the expertise to fit the new stock.

- I have seen a no drill scope mount made by a company called SK. Does anyone have experience?

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Hatcher Hole




SN electropencil on bolt

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Old 01-15-2018, 10:07 PM
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Is there a number on the front sight like this ? Also how much did you pay?

https://imgur.com/a/UjpoB
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:09 PM
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No number that I can see. I paid too much for it ($400) but the possible USMC ties, pretty stock, and great barrel sold it.
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:25 PM
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That is a fair price for a sporterized non D&T rifle. I would have bought it for that price.

Look for an original stock, finger groover or C stock preferable, which has already been fitted to a rifle that is in good shape. You can find the metal and I'm sure there are people on this board that would be willing to sell you the parts you would need.

It might not be cheap but I bet you could put it back together for less than $300.

I would vote bringing it back home to it's correct configuration.
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:10 AM
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I have made a M1903 Aforgery using the no drill mount you mention above.

I like the mount though you will have to do some wood removal to allow the forward ring to clear and allow the rifle to fully seat in the stock.

The mount is inexpensive but would turn that rifle as she is now into a great hunting rifle.

That said, I’d vote for returning her to original condition.
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:26 AM
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I'm sure there are several on here who would swap you barreled actions with the work you seek already done.
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:39 AM
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I would vote bringing it back home to it's correct configuration.
I'm with lemonhead. You have a high serial number Rock Island that needs a correct stock, hand guard and bands. To leave it as it is seems illogical to me.
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:53 AM
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The rifle has been stripped, polished, blued, and covered with photobucket advertisements. Any serious restoration would have to address a refinish. Nevertheless, the rifle is worth what you paid for it.

Thanks for sharing!

J.B.
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:15 AM
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The S&K mount works great. I have had one on an 03-A3 that was sporterized into a hunting rifle some 30 years ago. It wears a 4X12 Leupold scope and will shoot MOA if I do my part.

Every time I think about putting back into it's original configuration, I take it to the range, shoot it and realize it is just fine like it is.
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:48 PM
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Thank you all for the input. The S&K mount seems like a great choice. However, if I find a nice used c stock at a decent price that might also be the ticket. Thanks again everyone!
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