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Old 01-07-2018, 04:56 PM
M1903A3 M1903A3 is offline
 
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Guys, there's an "H2" stamped on the bolt lug of my 1918-made M1903 Springfield.

Does anyone know what the H2 marking means? A Google search didn't turn up anything,

Thanks for your help!
Phillip
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Old 01-07-2018, 05:03 PM
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http://www.vishooter.net/slc4_2008.html
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Old 01-07-2018, 05:14 PM
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That's interesting. The receiver is an 827XXX serial and an SA 5-29 barrel from a rebuild, and the bolt has a swept back handle, so it's definitely one of the double heat treated ones.

Did they use different lots of steel for bolts manufactured several years later?

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Old 01-07-2018, 05:19 PM
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I cannot answer that, if John Beard shows up and sees your question, he will.
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Old 01-07-2018, 06:03 PM
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That's interesting. The receiver is an 827XXX serial and an SA 5-29 barrel from a rebuild, and the bolt has a swept back handle, so it's definitely one of the double heat treated ones.

Did they use different lots of steel for bolts manufactured several years later?
Seasons' Greetings!

My study found that the H 2 bolt steel lot code was used prior to WWI. While I cannot rule out the possibility that a small batch of H 2 steel might have re-surfaced after WWI, that likelihood is extremely small. If your bolt has a swept back handle, a far greater likelihood exists that the "double heat treated" handle originated from Bubba's blowtorch. It wouldn't be the first time, or the second, or the third,....

Happy New Year!

J.B.

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Old 01-07-2018, 11:41 PM
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Would it have been common for an older straight handle bolt to find its way onto a high number receiver during a rebuild?

-Phillip
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:05 PM
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Would it have been common for an older straight handle bolt to find its way onto a high number receiver during a rebuild?

-Phillip
Seasons' Greetings!

The military never removed straight handle bolts from service; only low number receivers. So yes, an older straight handle bolt could find its way into a high number receiver during overhaul.

Happy New Year!

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Old 01-12-2018, 04:19 PM
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Gentlemen, I may have to revise my statement about how much this bolt handle is "swept." I took my Remington 03A3 out of the safe and compared the two bolts. It would seem that the bolt on the 1903 is maybe swept back a tiny bit, but nothing like my 03A3.

At any rate, a very generous forum member has given me the opportunity to put a correct double heat bolt with the rifle, with choice of multiple bolts with the correct lot code to get the headspace right.

That's what I love about this forum!
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