Rifle value question, Rock Island 1903


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dasmi
March 6, 2009, 02:04 PM
Local shop has a Rock Island 1903. It's been sporterized. Has an older scope on weaver mounts. It's in pretty OK shape. Bore looks good. They want $249 for it. Does this sound like a good deal? I don't want it for any collector value, more of a base for a reach out and touch something rifle. Probably replace the scope with something nicer down the road. Thoughts?

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rondog
March 6, 2009, 02:06 PM
Never heard of it. If you like it and want it, haggle for it and take it home!

jim in Anchorage
March 6, 2009, 02:40 PM
If its a real 03 with a milled trigger guard[not a A3 stamped] buy it and send it to me.

jim in Anchorage
March 6, 2009, 02:55 PM
PS to above-any RI Springfield under serial # 285,507 is a "low number" action and you may want to avoid it.

dasmi
March 6, 2009, 02:56 PM
Thanks, someone on another board just said the same thing. Why should low numbers be avoided?

jim in Anchorage
March 6, 2009, 03:04 PM
Different heat treatments on the steel. The early guns were very hard,and brittle. That meant they would break rather then stretch. How dare you go to a different board?

dasmi
March 6, 2009, 03:05 PM
That's good to know. I don't really want a .30-06 bomb going off in my face. I'll check the serial number before I buy it. Assuming it passes the serial number test, does that seem like a fair price? I don't know much about 1903's.

jim in Anchorage
March 6, 2009, 03:15 PM
Lets put it this way. If its a high # RI 03,and you buy it at that price,you can always sell it to me at a $ 100 profit

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