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Old 02-27-2019, 10:44 AM
BobJ50 BobJ50 is offline
 
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My AL Post turned in 12 M1903's with GI leather slings. All were in great shape with nice bores: Because we cleaned them after ceremonies! Garands were OK except for wood. Some regret by Post members.
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Old 02-27-2019, 12:48 PM
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My 03-A3 was labeled "Dark Bore" on the Blue CMP ME/TE Tag; I imagine that was due to VFW blank firing. Some Hoppe's #9, a bronze brush, and lots of patches has made it a shiny bore with good rifling. It shoots great.
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Old 02-27-2019, 02:14 PM
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My 03-A3 was labeled "Dark Bore" on the Blue CMP ME/TE Tag; I imagine that was due to VFW blank firing. Some Hoppe's #9, a bronze brush, and lots of patches has made it a shiny bore with good rifling. It shoots great.
I encountered several rifles that appeared to have a hard residue in the bore which wouldn't clean out with a few passes from a bore brush. The rifles, therefore, graded out as having a dark bore. I surmised that a good scrubbing with a stiff brush and suitable solvent would improve the bore condition. You apparently obtained one of those rifles and I am happy that you are pleased with it.

Thanks for your patronage!

J.B.
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Old 02-27-2019, 03:37 PM
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John what is the differnce between a early rem. 1903A3 bolt and a latter bolt? Thanks for your wisdom on these rifles.
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Old 02-27-2019, 03:52 PM
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I encountered several rifles that appeared to have a hard residue in the bore which wouldn't clean out with a few passes from a bore brush. The rifles, therefore, graded out as having a dark bore. I surmised that a good scrubbing with a stiff brush and suitable solvent would improve the bore condition. You apparently obtained one of those rifles and I am happy that you are pleased with it.

Thanks for your patronage!

J.B.
John,

I picked up one of these "Dark Bore" rifles - and you were correct. I will say it took more than a "few" passes.

But the barrel was a 0/2 - and it had nice cartouches (even though it was a Raritan rebuild) - so I'm very happy with it.

Thanks again for all your hard work.
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Old 02-27-2019, 04:14 PM
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John what is the differnce between a early rem. 1903A3 bolt and a latter bolt? Thanks for your wisdom on these rifles.
An early Remington M'03-A3 bolt assembly has:

(1) A small "R" stamped underneath the handle.
(2) Vertical milling striations on the side of the bolt sleeve.
(3) A safety lock marked with serifed letters on one side.
(4) A cocking piece knurled with circular grooves.

A late Remington M'03-A3 bolt assembly has:

(1) A medium "R" with elongated loop stamped underneath the handle.
(2) Curved milling striations on the side of the bolt sleeve.
(3) A safety lock marked with block letters on both sides.
(4) A cocking piece with diamond knurling.

J.B.
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Old 02-27-2019, 05:34 PM
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Thanks John ,God Bless
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:16 AM
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The Smith Corona I got last year as a "dark bore" cleaned up nicely

The Remington this year is being stubborn, but shows promise.
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:09 PM
Atoz Atoz is offline
 
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John, thanks for info on source of 03's.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:39 AM
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Are these not announced at all? You have to show up at the South store on the right day and get "lucky"? Thanks.
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