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Old 01-05-2013, 08:11 PM
Allen Humphrey Allen Humphrey is offline
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Default A4 bolt maybe

I've never had the opportunity to study an A4 bolt other than photos. However, I just picked up a sporterized A3 and the bolt it came with looks pretty good. Too bad it has been polished and jewled. the photos show the only markings.

Can you guys tell me if you think it is real or just modified?

How hard is it to hide the jewling with park?

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Old 01-05-2013, 09:47 PM
chuckindenver chuckindenver is offline
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:59 PM
Peconga Peconga is offline
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Ditto. You have a winner.

To refinish, first remove extractor and extractor collar and clamp the bolt in a padded vice. Then use some medium grit emery cloth wrapped around the bolt, working it back and forth in a shoe-shining motion to remove all traces of the jeweling around the bolt body. You may also need to use a combination of wood sticks or other improvised tools as a sanding block to clean up the edges and sharp corners. Take a look at the surface texture on an original 03-A3 bolt and attempt to replicate it with a combination of emery cloth and sandblasting with various combinations of air pressure and abrasive media. Keep experimenting until you either get it "close enough", or run out of patience. Next, attempt to replicate the original black oxide finish (as issued) or greenish-gray Parkerized finish (as seen after an arsenal rebuild). Plan on doing it two or three times until it either looks "close enough", or you run out of patience. When you are all done, please post pictures and tell us how you did it, so we can all admire your skill and handiwork!

As an alternative, contact board member "chuckindenver" (see above) and find out what he will charge to restore it for you. Given the cost of an original 03-A4 bolt, having the work done by a professional would probably be well spent.

Once again, congrats on a great find!

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Old 01-06-2013, 02:39 AM
John Beard John Beard is offline
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Seasons' Greetings!

As others have posted, you do indeed have a real A4 bolt.

Removing the jewelling is appropriate only if you intend to restore the bolt as closely to original as possible, which I recommend. Otherwise, you're wasting your time.

As Peconga has advised, the jewelling may be removed by using emery cloth. Emery cloth was used in the machine shop during original manufacture to apply the original machined finish to the bolt. You, therefore, must be careful to follow the pattern that duplicates the original milling and emery cloth marks.

Once you have restored the original emery cloth marks, you should then have the bolt re-blued as closely as possible to the original finish.

Hope this helps. Congratulations on your good fortune. And Happy New Year!

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Old 01-06-2013, 08:33 AM
jaguar88xj6 jaguar88xj6 is offline
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Actually the jeweling has functiom. The swirling in the metal holds oil and keeps the bolt lubricated and it runs a lot smoother. If it's just a shooter It gives it a little personal touch.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:38 AM
Allen Humphrey Allen Humphrey is offline
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Thank you all for the information. I guess I'll have to figure out what I want to do with the bolt. The rifle I bought will be a regular shooter as it is already mounted with a Redfield Jr. However, I won't be using this bolt in that rifle now that I know what it is. It is a good problem to have!
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:52 AM
dprice3844444 dprice3844444 is offline
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http://www.scribd.com/doc/75857340/1903-Schematics parts schematic

http://www.vishooter.net/m1903.html bolt ident

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Old 01-11-2013, 10:33 AM
DMark DMark is offline
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I'm going to ask the question that nobody else has.

The sporterized A3 that this bolt came with.......

Is the Remington name and SN offset like this?

D. Mark
Gentleman Farmer, U.S. Army - Ret.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:51 AM
Ijt101 Ijt101 is offline
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How do you tell the difference between a standard 03 vs 03a4 bolt.

Just the curve of the handle?
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