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Old 08-03-2022, 04:14 PM
John Beard John Beard is offline
 
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Thanks for taking the time to make and post pictures.

As you stated, the rifle went through overhaul at the San Antonio Arsenal sometime after WWII, was refinished (parkerized) and was re-assembled from mixed parts, mostly M'03-A3 parts. The barrel and receiver are probably an original combination from the 1906 alteration period.

In that condition, the rifle has limited value. I would value the rifle in the $1,000 to $1,500 range. I invite others to chime in and offer valuations.

Thanks again for taking the time to make and post pictures!

J.B.
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Old 08-04-2022, 06:49 AM
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Thank you John, and all the others who responded
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Old 08-04-2022, 08:03 AM
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Would there be any net gain in value if "correct" parts were put on the gun?
If so, which ones?
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Old 08-04-2022, 10:45 PM
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Correct stock with correct HG and a Trigger Guard would add up quickly. Very early wood is very hard to come by and not much value in the current 03-A3 stock. Not so sure I would shoot it, either. It is what it is, just hang on to it and see what offers come in. Good luck.
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Old 08-04-2022, 10:59 PM
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Would there be any net gain in value if "correct" parts were put on the gun?
If so, which ones?
Since the rifle has a parkerized refinish, the value is very limited. Adding correct parts would not realize a net gain in value above the parts cost. Indeed, the parts would cost more than the net gain in value.

From what I can see in your pictures, the extractor, bolt sleeve, and magazine cutoff appear to be correct. Everything else I can see is incorrect.

J.B.
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Old 08-05-2022, 07:11 AM
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Thank you John. I, and the owner, appreciate the input.
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Old 08-05-2022, 07:16 AM
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Correct stock with correct HG and a Trigger Guard would add up quickly. Very early wood is very hard to come by and not much value in the current 03-A3 stock. Not so sure I would shoot it, either. It is what it is, just hang on to it and see what offers come in. Good luck.
Thanks for your input. We have told the owner about the "low serial number" issues. It was his grandfather's rifle, so it will always be far more of a family heirloom than anything. He did want to shoot it just 'cus, but probably won't now.
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Old 08-05-2022, 02:03 PM
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I shoot a "low number" often. I hand load near new excellent brass and load to moderate pressure. Something like 42gr 4064 and a 150gr bullet. So far, so good. I have 2-3 nickel steel Springfields and use them monthly. Old eyes and old guns, fun.
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