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Old 11-14-2018, 02:49 PM
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My first attempt failed. So as advised by John Beard I'm going to try Imgur this time. I recently purchased a 1903 (1253784) with a barrel that has a USMC 5-42 stamp and an electro penciled serial number on the bolt (644591). Vice marks on the barrel, Hatcher hole but a smooth butt plate. My questions are; is this rifle a legit rebuild and what would be the approx value?
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:05 PM
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Yeah it looks good. Some stuff has been switched around since rebuild, as the bolt doesn't match and it would have had at one time a correct numbered bolt. The buttplate and stock might have been swapped, but that isn't really anything.

This serial is sort of rare for a Marine Corps Rebuild, which does sort of make this one a fuzz neater as there are really only about 3 ways this would have came into the Marines.

1) The serial is buried in NM serials and the Marines only received NM's in certain years. So this might be a former NM team rifle that has been rebuilt into a service rifle.

2) There were 10,000 barreled receiver swaped with RIA in the middle to late 1920's. RIA swapped 10,000 barreled receivers with the Marines.

3) Or it could have came in with the 35,000 Navy M1903's in 1942 and were shipped to the Marines. Then it was rebuilt.

Unfortunately there is no way to prove which way it came in, but to a Marine collector that is a neat serial range.

I would say the value would be a $1000 plus or minus, depending on the buyer. Sometimes Marine rebuild M1903's sell really high and sometimes they sell a little lower.

If you would like to research Marine Corps M1903's, I highly suggest Tim's webpage at https://usmcweaponry.com/

It explains about everything there are on these rifles.

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Old 11-14-2018, 03:27 PM
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Thank you cplnorton for the info. I was trying to do some research myself but came up with a lot of conflicting info until I found the cmp forums. Appreciate your expertise and info.
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:56 PM
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That was a good read, best info I've seen so far
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Old 11-14-2018, 04:25 PM
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Your rifle is probably a USMC rifle. But the indications are not real strong. cplnorton's valuation is about right. Thanks for moving the images to imgur!

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Old 11-14-2018, 04:28 PM
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Thanks John Beard. Next step is to take to my gunsmith to check headspace before going to the range!
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