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Old 03-09-2018, 03:47 PM
Vic in Va Vic in Va is offline
 
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Default Remington 03A3

I just got home with my latest prize possession, a Remington 03A3, 3.94 mil serial number.

It is a refurb, fresh stock and park, and a new Criterion barrel. Looks good.

It's actually what I wanted, something I can shoot and not worry about collector value.

I haven't taken any pics yet, but I intend to go to the range tomorrow. I'll take my Garand also, and burn some .30-06 ball up.
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Old 03-09-2018, 04:17 PM
T38Carbine T38Carbine is offline
 
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Congratulations!! I think you’re in for a treat!!
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Old 03-09-2018, 10:00 PM
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Few years back I took a friend and his 14 year old son to the gun range and let the youngster shoot my AR, Garand, and 1903A3. His favorite? Yep, he kept going back to the 1903A3
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:13 AM
Vic in Va Vic in Va is offline
 
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As promised, a couple pics.





It has a couple of small issues, one being the last round wants to bind. I very gently rolled the edge of the magbox so the follower won't catch on it so hard, but I have ordered a milled triggerguard, stamped follower, and new spring. That may leave me with having to inlet the stock a little to close the gap, but I'll see how the new parts work, first.

The second issue is sticky extraction. The previous owner had simply bought the rifle and stored it. A small ring of light surface rust developed in the chamber, near where the pressure ring is on the case. I believe a simple polishing will alleviate this.

Headspace is minimum, and the chamber itself is towards the minimum, I haven't measured case capacity yet, but appearance of the case near the pressure ring leads me to think it's not overly large.

It is accurate! And a hoot to blast with.....I'm hooked.

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Old 03-12-2018, 11:32 AM
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...new spring. You got it.
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:39 AM
Vic in Va Vic in Va is offline
 
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Thanks.

I wanted to change out the triggerguard, too, I understand it allows for more consistency in tightening the action into the stock.

Internet research indicated the best combo was milled 'guard, stamped follower. I have the opposite.

The spring popped up quite a bit as a cure, so here's hopin'.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:39 PM
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A3s are fun to shoot but have more recoil than my 03s and M17s.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:56 PM
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A3s are fun to shoot but have more recoil than my 03s and M17s.
????

The 03 is the same, and the 17 is about a pound heavier which should result in less felt recoil.
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:00 PM
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The second issue is sticky extraction
Any chance you were shooting HXP? I believe there was some issue along these lines a while back. Camp Perry matches?? Maybe someone with a better memory will chime in.
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:24 PM
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No sir, I was shooting the same handload as I do in my Garand. IMR4895/150 grain Hornady FMJ/BT. I was worried about the OAL, given the Criterion barrel. I have one on my Garand, and with the profile of that bullet I cannot use the recommended OAL. It does get close, within .020", so that's kind of a good thing. The rifle is showing good accuracy in spite of my bullet choice.
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