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Old 06-19-2021, 10:14 AM
Smf834 Smf834 is offline
 
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Default 1903 with HS barrel

I know the caution of shooting a low number 1903, ie <800k SA. I am looking at a 807k 1903, it comes with a 2-44 HS barrel though. I understand there was a program that they swap out barrel. How likey this HS barrel was changed in the war and not by a gunsmith in modern day? Thank you.
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Old 06-19-2021, 10:31 AM
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Good chance done during late-WW2. Nice barrels and a good shooter.
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Old 06-19-2021, 12:09 PM
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A 2-44 HS barrel is first month production. There was another 1-1/2 years of war left. So it was very likely installed by the military.


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Old 06-19-2021, 12:46 PM
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Besides rebuilds for military use, there was also a substantial rebuild program on the M1903 in 1945/46 to get the rifle's ready for DCM sale to NRA members.

I see a lot of arsenals doing these rebuilds ordering spare parts to rebuild M1903's so they could sell them to the civilians.

The docs state to make sure the rifles were in the best possible condition because there had been some complaints in the very early sales of the other rifle platforms. So the docs detail the attention to detail was to be far exceeding what serviceable condition was for the military. With special attention to the barrel condition, stock, and the overall fit and finish. It states if the barrel was worn at all to install a new barrel.

I see huge amounts of spare barrels shipped to these arsenals for these rebuild program before they were shipped from the regional locations to the NRA members.

So that is always a possibility as well.
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Old 06-19-2021, 01:36 PM
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I guess that would apply to a Springfield sporterized 1903 i picked up recently. Serial 1302916 with a 12-44 HS barrel? D4 bolt with some R parts.
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Old 06-19-2021, 02:44 PM
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That's interesting Steve that these rifles received new barrels and parts for civilian release. Makes sense though, without wartime expediency, to give them some extra attention.
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Old 06-19-2021, 06:23 PM
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I've got a Remington 1903 with an HS barrel. The rifle is clearly a Greek return. Did the Greeks get extra barrels with rifles when we gave them the rifles?

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Old 06-19-2021, 07:34 PM
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Just a brief thought. I have a Remington 1903 that was rebarreled w/ a HS-44 barrel. It was sold by the CMP as a Greek return. That thing is profoundly accurate! Shockingly so! First 100 rds. fired in 10 round strings ran 1.73 inch average. With cast bullets and modest loads of Unique or Red Dot, it will just about obliterate the X ring and seldom if ever leave the 10 ring. Stock is nothing to write home about, but the metal work is all outstanding. Sincerely. bruce.
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Old 06-19-2021, 09:51 PM
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Is it safe to fire a 807k 1903? Its a tad bit higher than the cutoff for lower number 1903. It comes with a B&S bolt as well. I could ask for some pictures from the seller. I was told it was bought previously from Cabelas… fwiw.
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Old 06-19-2021, 09:54 PM
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Another thought. The Greek MAP rifles were a bit after WWII and I suspect from refurbished rifles after the war, and returned to storage before then.
The new barrels etc. were probably a result of the post war rebuild effort for military and the civilian release as well.
Make sense JB, or just my WAG ?

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Is it safe to fire a 807k 1903? Its a tad bit higher than the cutoff for lower number 1903. It comes with a B&S bolt as well. I could ask for some pictures from the seller. I was told it was bought previously from Cabelas… fwiw.
Yes I would shoot that rifle.
The Brown/Sharrp bolt indicates an arsenal rebuild with a high number rifle.

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