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Old 03-03-2021, 01:38 PM
DukeIronHand DukeIronHand is offline
 
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Default 1903 bolt body made by Springfield?

Recently picked up a Remington 1903 (not A3) made in early 1942. Original barrel also made by Remington. In fact every part that has a makers stamp has the “R” except the bolt body itself.

On the top of the bolt root is BF 46.
BF reportedly stands for Springfield and 46 the steel code if I am reading right. It was made about the same time as the rifle.
Is this a Springfield made bolt body? “Specifically” for this rifle or is this a mis-match? If a Springfield was this common in Remington rifles?

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Old 03-03-2021, 02:34 PM
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BF stands for the Bonney Forge Tool and Die Co., which supplied the blank steel forging to Springfield Armory for machining. So BF/46 is the complete steel lot code. The bolt is a mis-matched replacement to your Remington rifle.

J.B.
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Old 03-03-2021, 03:01 PM
DukeIronHand DukeIronHand is offline
 
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You the man sir. Thank you.
I got the above information from your website (thinks it’s yours?) but perhaps I didn’t read it all the way through.
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Old 03-03-2021, 03:19 PM
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Don't go out finding any Remington bolt. As I recall, the early Remington bolts have nuanced differences compared to the later Remington bolts. Might have to do a little more homework!
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Old 03-03-2021, 03:22 PM
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Don't go out finding any Remington bolt. As I recall, the early Remington bolts have nuanced differences compared to the later Remington bolts. Might have to do a little more homework!
Advice noted! Thank you.
Frankly as long as it goes “bang” when I hit the boom switch I’m good. Sounds like a definite headspace check indicated.
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Old 03-03-2021, 05:25 PM
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Giving this some thought the gun was very clean and the metal (“newly” parkerized) is in great shape. The bore (believed to be the original based on dates) was absolutely filthy - worst I’ve seen I think - and the stock terrible and ill fitting with the number “10” painted on the side. And dark as my boots. Stock (cracked and repaired in multiple places) was so bad I wonder if the gun was even fired in it - the trigger was binding and it wouldn’t “shoot.” Rifles around this serial number apparently went to the USMC.
Be very curious to know the history of this rifle. Oh well it can’t talk. I tried.
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Old 03-03-2021, 05:38 PM
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I have a NOS parked bolt for that Rem 1903.

Shawn~
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Old 03-03-2021, 05:44 PM
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I have a NOS parked bolt for that Rem 1903.

Shawn~
Weren't the originals blued, like the original a3 bolts?
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Old 03-04-2021, 08:49 AM
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More like black. I have bolts for early 3Mil era Rems and later Mid 3 mil era Rem bolts. yes there are small differences. In body grinding/machining and lugs. The very early ones had the bolt stop dimples on bottom of left lug. All with large gas ports of course.

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Old 03-04-2021, 10:58 AM
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Weren't the originals blued, like the original a3 bolts?
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More like black. I have bolts for early 3Mil era Rems and later Mid 3 mil era Rem bolts. yes there are small differences. In body grinding/machining and lugs. The very early ones had the bolt stop dimples on bottom of left lug. All with large gas ports of course.

Shawn~
(1) Yes.

(2) The first Remington M1903 bolts had small gas ports.

J.B.

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