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Old 09-21-2017, 11:09 PM
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Default What would you do? 1905 - RIA 03 - 4 digit serial #

Hi Guys,

A fellow at the outdoor range has seen me with various old service rifles.

He has offered me a very worn barreled action that he has had for many years.
We have not agreed to a price yet.

The bad - It will need a barrel & maybe a bolt. It has a very worn 1942 barrel. So it's not original!
It's a little rusty. It will need a replacement 03 stock & all the metal replaced.

The good -very early serial # less then #6000 & maybe the fun of getting a very old girl back in service.

Thanks for any guidance,
broom
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:56 AM
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If you want to build a rifle from a receiver up get a high number so you can at least shoot it without concern. The fact that what your looking at is a low number Rock Island doesn't add anything to the deal given the issues with the balance of the parts.
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Old 09-22-2017, 08:17 AM
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If you want to build a rifle from a receiver up get a high number so you can at least shoot it without concern. The fact that what your looking at is a low number Rock Island doesn't add anything to the deal given the issues with the balance of the parts.
If I could get it cheap I would buy it as a conversation piece, but I wouldn't go to the effort to restore. Maybe take off the barrel, clean it up and just mount the action as a wall hanger or desk display.
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Old 09-22-2017, 08:56 AM
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:27 AM
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There is a note in my Day-Timer that reads, "Only buy guns you can shoot".
This one won't.
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:21 PM
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Hi Fellows,

Thanks for all the reply's.

I'm going to clean up the parts & REALLY think this through. My gunsmith said exactly the same stuff as all of you wrote.
I think it would be nice to have a really low # RIA rifle, but it can only be a parts rifle.
My gunsmith felt $100 would be the top price & that is only because it has the 03 milled trigger guard that I can install on one of my 03 A3's

Thanks for your thoughts,

broom
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:28 PM
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Hi 7,62x51mm,

WOW! that is a early rifle! Looks good & appears to shoot well too!

I'm guessing you only shoot pistol rounds in it or very light cast bullet loads in it do to age & the low # issue.

At the moment I'm torn -spend about $300+in parts on a rusty receiver or just walk away from it!

Good luck with yours!
broom
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:27 AM
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There is a note in my Day-Timer that reads, "Only buy guns you can shoot".
This one won't.
I don't have a day timer, but if I did it would have a note that said "who cares if it shoots." For the right price, some things are just worth having. One man's trash...another mans treasure
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:23 PM
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I don't have a day timer, but if I did it would have a note that said "who cares if it shoots." For the right price, some things are just worth having. One man's trash...another mans treasure


LOL Boy! that's the TRUTH!

Best to all of you,
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Old 09-28-2017, 02:31 PM
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I don't have a day timer, but if I did it would have a note that said "who cares if it shoots." For the right price, some things are just worth having. One man's trash...another mans treasure


I have a first year barreled RIA receiver. The barrel on it is a 1913 SA barrel. I also have a low number SA which should have been made in 1911 with an RIA 1922 barrel. Will the RIA ever be shot, not likely. But the barrel may end up on the SA. With the RIA 1922 barrel on the early RIA receiver. Both are a pretty good match for finish and color.
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