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Old 10-28-2018, 09:40 AM
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Default WWII Army & Marines M1903 snipers in .22 Cal

I had planned on doing some shooting today, but it's cold and rainy so I'm bored.

Here are my plinking rifles of choice. I have a Numrich .22 barrel insert and M2 bolts for each one to do some plinking. I have a bent M2 bolt for the A4.

I don't run the Mag for the Numrich kit, just the barrel insert which effectively makes it a single shot .22 but I shoot both of these a lot. lol

First is a 1937 National Match that was shipped to the Marines in 1937. It's a 1.49 serial with a 3/37 Star Guaged barrel. The Marines would have mounted the 8X Unertl in 1943.

Second is a 3.419 1903A4 with a 7/43 barrel date and a M73B1.

Why someone doesn't reproduce a Barrel insert I don't know. The insert is so simple to install and remove and all you need is a simple M2 bolt for the conversion.

Both are an absolute blast to shoot in this configuration, and I don't think I want to admit how many rounds out of each I've fired.




















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Old 10-28-2018, 09:41 AM
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Old 10-28-2018, 12:55 PM
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Default M2 bolt and installed barrel liner with breech extension in 22rf

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Old 10-28-2018, 02:10 PM
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Man that is really nice! I love these .22 inserts.
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Old 10-28-2018, 03:53 PM
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Why a barrel insert. They dont shoot with a good modern .22 4 goove. Just grab a low number Rec and put a decent 22 cal barrel on it and build a shooter. Sure, takes a hella good smith and parts but when complete they shoot MOA to 200yds if yer on yer calls.

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Old 10-28-2018, 04:08 PM
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Default 22 rim fire conversion

There are always a few low numbered receivers with burned-out bores which are perfect to have a quality 22 rim fire liner installed with a rear extension to fit the M2 bolt. Make sure your M2 bolt has the headspace adjustment screw too.

To find a rim fire barrel blank with a large rear diameter to fit the 1903 is going to cost. A quality rim fire liner will shoot just as well.
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Old 10-28-2018, 04:27 PM
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Ok, i have one. No 30cal lined .22 rimfire ironsight rifle will hang with a quality rimfire barrel. The shank for rimfire is same as a centerfire.
Shooting one of these trainers with a 2stage 03 trigger will help you big bore form like nothing else. You have a flaw, hiccup, guddyup, whatever these rifles will show it bigtime. They, will fix them just as fast.
Rimfire at 100-200yds prone great stuff!
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Old 10-28-2018, 04:50 PM
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I think the biggest advantage to an insert is it gives you the ability to shoot real rifles without any real chance of hurting them. Especially with the value that these rifles are approaching nowadays, it's just a great way to enjoy them without chancing ruining a very expensive rifle.

I collect 1903 snipers, and this gives me the ability to fire all of them. Just because it's a simple swap that takes less than a minute to move to a new rifle.

Accuracy is about the same as the 1922's/M2's I've owned. I haven't noticed any difference in accuracy to be honest.
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Old 10-28-2018, 04:55 PM
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Really nice rifle by the way Smag!
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Old 10-28-2018, 04:57 PM
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Beautiful rifles and great photography!
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