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Old 09-20-2017, 02:37 PM
skohler skohler is offline
 
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Default Likely a replacement barrel?

I have a Rem O3A3 with s/n 4,199,169 which puts it early 1944. The barrel is a RA 7-44. This would not be original, right? There are other bits that probably are not correct so I was assuming it was overhauled at some point.

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Old 09-20-2017, 08:12 PM
Mike D Mike D is offline
 
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I wouldn't think so. I believe the contract was cancelled in Jan/Feb. Seems like some one has said 3-44 was the last original barrel date.

I wouldn't think it would take 4-5 months to finish assembling rifles?

Mike
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:54 AM
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Thanks, makes sense. It is a bit of a mutt, good shooter though.
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Old 09-21-2017, 08:46 PM
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Being the last production rifle to be built and the Remington contract ended in Feb 1944 a 7-44 would be a replacement barrel and could not original. The contract was terminated on Feb 28.
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Old 09-30-2017, 04:02 PM
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Being the last production rifle to be built and the Remington contract ended in Feb 1944 a 7-44 would be a replacement barrel and could not original. The contract was terminated on Feb 28.
My Rem -A3 is 4154825, for a circa Jan '44 build, and a 12/43 two-groove barrel. From what I have learned, all the later 1944 barrels were replacements. My question is: are all late 1943-and-later barrels two-groove?
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Old 09-30-2017, 05:12 PM
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My Rem -A3 is 4154825, for a circa Jan '44 build, and a 12/43 two-groove barrel. From what I have learned, all the later 1944 barrels were replacements. My question is: are all late 1943-and-later barrels two-groove?
Remington transitioned from 4-groove to 2-groove barrels in 5-43 and 6-43. A steady trickle of 2-groove barrels were made prior to 5-43 and a scattering of 4-groove barrels continued surfacing after 6-43. The later 4-groove barrels were rejects that were either re-worked or specially-accepted with relaxed tolerances. All replacement barrels made after 1943 were 2-groove.

I will point out that surplus arms merchants have had 1944-dated 2-groove barrels re-machined to 4-grooves to improve merchantability. So 1944-dated 4-groove barrels exist, but they were not originally made that way by Remington.

J.B.
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Old 10-04-2017, 12:49 AM
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Thank you for the info.
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