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Old 07-25-2017, 07:50 AM
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Nice Greek rifles Steve. Love them!
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Old 07-25-2017, 07:51 AM
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Thanks for the post, nice shooting!
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Old 07-25-2017, 07:59 AM
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Great reading,Thank You.
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Old 07-25-2017, 08:02 AM
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Nice Greek rifles Steve. Love them!
You are so wrong on so many levels Chris. But that is pretty funny. lmao.

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Old 07-25-2017, 08:19 AM
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Since you guys like the post so far and this is the bolt gun forum. In 1941 Calvin Lloyd and George Van Orden did a sniper rifle trial for the US Marines. They tried most of the commercial scopes of the time, and several different types of rifles. Including sporterized 1903s. In the end they recommended the Winchester Model 70 Target rifle with the 8X Unertl.

The Marines did not follow their recommendation and instead decided to use the 1903 team rifles that they already had in stock.

It wasn't till Vietnam that the Marines finally fielded the rilfe that Van Orden and Lloyd had recommened back in WWII.

This rifle was acquired from a famous Marine Colonel who was involved in the sniper program during the Vietnam Era. He said he acquired this rifle in 1971 from Quantico.

It is a straight up rebuild. All metal has been refinsihed, and the stock has been heavily sanded. It's a 1942 receiver, a 1941 bolt, a 1956 Winchester target barrel, and the WWII sporter stock has had it's barrel channel opened up so the target barrel would fit and be free floated.

This is the exact type of rifle that saw sniper use in the early part of the Vietnam War, and of the style that Carlos Hatchock used in his first tour.

The 56 WRA barrel is about a 1.5ME and the bore is good. I fired the same 1957 Lake city as what was used in the previous tests. I fired five rounds.

It grouped 1 3/8'' as well at a 100 yards. But I think I could better with practice. The trigger on this rifle is very sensitive. lol I have only ever fired this rifle 5 rounds, so it would take some practice to get used to it. So with a little practice I think I could do a little better. But I probably won't ever shoot this one much.

Here are some pics. It's interesting to see how it is pretty comparable to the 1903's using the same ammo.








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Old 07-25-2017, 08:26 AM
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You are so wrong on so many levels Chris. lmao.
It's my new brevity code haha
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Old 07-25-2017, 08:41 AM
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Loved this report!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-25-2017, 08:57 AM
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Great job and report! Thanks
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:06 AM
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One more thing to add. This is where these rifles become really special to me. Some of my fondest memories I have of my father growing up was with a .22 rifle and a target. So this summer I took out my 8 year old son and he has shot A LOT. lol

I have a numrich .22 conversion kit for the 1903 Springfield. What you do is take out the ejector and the follower, insert the barrel sleeve, and use a M2/1922 bolt and you can shoot .22 out of your 1903. It has a magazine trigger housing conversion in the kit as well, but I never use it. So basically with just the barrel insert and bolt, it becomes a single shot. Which I actually prefer for some reason. lol

I haven't fired much 30:06 out of the 1903A1, but my son Connor has shot a crap ton of .22 out of it the past month or so. lol

Here he is with the .22 kit and the M2 bolt in the 1903A1. I even have a bent handle M2 bolt that fits the cutout of the 1903A4 perfectly. So there is nother pic of him with the .22 kit in the A4.

For being 8, he handles the 1903 pretty well from the bench. If anyone is wonering why he doesn't have any hearing protection on, .22 out of these rifles is about as loud as a pellet rifle. lol




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Old 07-25-2017, 09:10 AM
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Its interesting to hear that the accuracy of the M70 Winchester is comparable to the 03s when considering that the latter have a thinner contour barrels and a far more complicated stocking methods.
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