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Old 09-29-2018, 01:22 PM
battering ram battering ram is offline
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Default can i get opinions on this 1903a3?


i know its not smart to list what appears to be a very nice gun as it may add more bidders, but im doing it partially to learn.

Ive got a cmp collector grade m1 garand and am looking for an above average, original 1903a3 that has not been rebuilt or messed with

im going to ask the seller to measure the ME

I do not see many R's on this gun. I know the 1903 remingtons have R's everywhere. Maybe im not seeing them? or are the 1903a3 remingtons not as well stamped?

thanks for any advice...while i may or may not win the auction on this gun im hoping at a minimum to learn more for the next one
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Old 09-29-2018, 01:49 PM
ut1seabee ut1seabee is offline
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If you are looking for above average original you may want to pass on this one. JB or Rick
may look to give specifics. They would certainly give a concise breakdown. Appears many
parts are refinished.
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Old 09-29-2018, 03:24 PM
Calfed Calfed is offline
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Definitely not original. The butt plate appears to be from a Smith Corona. Finish on the stock furntiure appears wrong to be original (appears to be parked rather than blued). Same with the bolt body and some of the components.

Rick or John are the guys to listen to, though.
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Old 09-29-2018, 03:28 PM
John Beard John Beard is offline
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The rifle has been overhauled, refinished, and re-assembled from mixed parts. Most parts appear to be Remington. The firing pin, safety lock, and buttplate, however, are Smith-Corona. The bolt sleeve is from a Remington M1903 rifle and the bolt is from a Springfield Armory M1903 rifle.

Good Luck!

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Old 09-29-2018, 04:27 PM
Calif-Steve Calif-Steve is offline
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Receiver recently re-parked?? Who beat up the screws? Not the Arsenal. Recent parts gun. Pass on this one.
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Old 09-29-2018, 04:37 PM
bigwagon bigwagon is offline
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IMO the value in the listed rifle is in the documentation and packaging from the DCM/NRA. That to me makes it far more interesting than anything in similar condition without it.
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Old 09-30-2018, 08:10 AM
battering ram battering ram is offline
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thank you for your advice. Im surprised its as far off as that from being correct.


a 2nd one i was looking at
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Old 10-01-2018, 02:47 PM
bjor13 bjor13 is offline
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Location: Northern KY
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Default change your search criteria

Search for CMP 1903- this way you will have a better idea of what your are working with - also watch the CMP auctions I bought a really nice one about 45 days ago
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