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Old 10-01-2018, 08:48 AM
S99VG S99VG is offline
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I hope the seller was honest with you as I'd put money on any bet that your rifle was "restored" by a civilian owner from a sporter. This is why I have commented on the originality of 03/03A3s in the past as it really is a situation of "buyer beware" these days. Your rifle should make a good "shooter" but I would look for other issues related to the "bubba" who sporterized it and the "bubba" who "restored" it and, as always, have a gun competent smith inspect it out before firing.
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Old 10-01-2018, 11:42 AM
dragonfire dragonfire is offline
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Location: kentucky
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I will get some more pics this afternoon after work,going to clean out the jb and take a look at the hole and see what has been done , nothing else looks like it has been touched on the rec . Sadly the former owner has passed , so no luck on any info .

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Old 10-01-2018, 12:20 PM
mhb mhb is offline
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Default A real issue....

is that the hole is very near the face of the upper locking lug seat, and is of such large diameter that it is nearly certain to result in lug setback with much shooting. I wouldn't shoot it much, if at all. A replacement receiver would be the best solution, if the other parts are in good condition.

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Old 10-01-2018, 04:57 PM
dragonfire dragonfire is offline
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Here are a few more with the hole cleaned out ,Bubba drilled and tapped under the rear sight with the same size hole .

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Old 10-01-2018, 05:54 PM
Antiqucycle Antiqucycle is offline
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Any doubt-Walk, run away fast. Especially if the previous owner was not walking and talking.
Definitely happens at auctions frequently.
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Old 10-01-2018, 06:16 PM
gunny gunny is offline
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Naaa...I'd sit back and watch for someone here selling a Remington (or other if yu are not picky) '03A3 receiver. It would cost you as much or more for all the metallurgical testing/inspecting than getting a different receiver. Even if (doubtful) it passed, you still have a receiver with two BIG holes in it. Too bad but a nice paperweight regardless.....

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