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Old 03-05-2021, 05:12 PM
echo6mike echo6mike is offline
 
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Default 1903 care and cleaning and maintenance

I just brought home my first 1903 today, a Springfield A3 in the low 4,000,000 range in a post-war C stock. No, it isn't correct and original, I don't care, I bought it for shooting vs. collecting/investing and I like pistol grip stocks better.


Now I need to find a good guide to give the old girl a proper clean & lube before I take her out to the range. Pointers and links greatly appreciated, and if anyone wants pics I can share some in the next day or two.

Thanks, all!
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Old 03-05-2021, 06:00 PM
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Unless you feel the need to take it out of the stock I suggest just remove the bolt and give the bore 10 or 20 passes with a bronze brush wet with solvent followed by solvent soaked patches on a cleaning jag. When they start coming out without fouling put 2 or 3 dry patches through. Wrap a patch around a chamber brush and swab the chamber. Clean the bolt with solvent on a rag and use a tooth brush and solvent on the bolt face and extractor. Wipe off the bolt with a dry rag and apply a dab of grease to the bearing surface of the locking lugs. Put the bolt back in and give all the exposed metal a light film of oil applied with a rag. You should be good to go. Good shooting, Eddie
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Old 03-05-2021, 07:10 PM
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Eleven surfaces in the Model 1903 receiver require lubrication.

(1) The cocking cam in the back of the bolt.

(2) The cocking cam mating surface on the cocking piece.

(3) The right flat surface of the cocking piece nose.

(4) The right side of the cocking piece slot in the rear receiver tang.

(5) The extraction cam at the top rear of the bolt body.

(6) The extraction cam mating surface in the rear receiver bridge.

(7) The rear surfaces of the bolt locking lugs.

(8) The bolt locking lug mating surfaces in the receiver ring.

(9) The extractor groove in front of the bolt locking lugs.

J.B.

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Old 03-05-2021, 08:58 PM
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Thanks JB, saved that. It appears I've been a bit lax in some areas.
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Old 03-05-2021, 10:03 PM
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Eleven surfaces in the Model 1903 receiver require lubrication.
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This is excellent - what should get grease and what should get oil?

Also, is there a clean version of FM 23-10 available someplace? I've found PDFs of that, but all have the US Army Military history institute logo rather prominently featured on every page. Makes it a little hard to read.
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Old 03-05-2021, 10:52 PM
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I recommend a light touch of lithium grease on the preceding 11 surfaces. The rest of the rifle can be wiped with oil.

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Old 03-06-2021, 03:11 AM
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Thanks JB, saved that. It appears I've been a bit lax in some areas.
Good. Was afraid I was the only rifle OCD type here.
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Old 03-06-2021, 01:36 PM
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Good. Was afraid I was the only rifle OCD type here.
Nope!

Marine Corps made me a little fussy about taking care of rifles. 8-)

The first thing I do when I get one is field strip it, tear it down and see how everything fits together and works, then clean it and lube it and *then* we go off to the range.
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Old 03-06-2021, 02:31 PM
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Nope!

Marine Corps made me a little fussy about taking care of rifles. 8-)

The first thing I do when I get one is field strip it, tear it down and see how everything fits together and works, then clean it and lube it and *then* we go off to the range.
Huzzah! Then “Semper Fi” to a fellow Devildog!
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Old 03-06-2021, 09:49 PM
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Huzzah! Then “Semper Fi” to a fellow Devildog!

And ”Yut!” as the kids seem to say nowadays.

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