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Remington M1903 Match rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Mustang51, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Mustang51

    Mustang51 Well-Known Member

    Two years ago I got this Remington match rifle at an on-line estate sale. I knew it wasn't "as issued", but thought it might be some kind of a military, DCM or NRA match rifle. Since then, I have decided that it is a "one-off" target rifle built by a gunsmith. I've always been intrigued by the stock. I've never seen a target stock that was full military length and used the original stock metal of a military stock.

    Has anyone ever seen a gunstock like this one?





    Last edited: Nov 18, 2009
  2. Blowingsky

    Blowingsky Well-Known Member

    Never saw one before. Looks custom, like you said. I love it.
  3. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    Neat. High bluing polish, polished bolt, probably a pre War bolt, Lyman 48S and a custom stock.

    Never seen such a stock.

    Talking to Graybeards, the 03 was prettty much off the firing lines by the middle 60's. I suspect if anyone was using the things, they would have installed a heavy barrel, handstop, custom stock, and a International rear.

    Nice looking rifle. Take it out and shoot and see how it does.
  4. dirtyjim

    dirtyjim Well-Known Member

    definitely a interesting piece. i've seen a couple of similar rifles but they are few & far between. i've seen a 1903 that was in a military c-stock but it had a cheekpiece grafted on so well that you had to look very close to see the graft line if you didn't know it was there you wouldn't even notice it. it hasd a longslide lyman 48 & a lyman globe front sight.
    mauser even made a version to compete with the springfield match rifles in the 20's. it was called the 1925 Special Range Rifle. it had a full length stock with a miliary handguard but had a sporting style buttstock & a mannlicher style nose cap.
    it had a lyman 48 recever sight but also had the barrel mounted tangent sight.
  5. shooterer

    shooterer Well-Known Member

    Nice looking rifle.
  6. Mustang51

    Mustang51 Well-Known Member

    Here are a few more pics, one of the rear of the stock and the other of the barrel, which has been highly polished, to the point where the maker and date is very faint.


    I removed the handguard and found that the barrel is almost free-floated, except for the end, where it exerts a bit of upward pressure on the upper band. Some one has gone to a great deal of trouble to do this, as it appears that the barrel may have been turned down a bit.



    Were these types of match guns common at one time, and is there anyway of ever knowing who the 'smith was?
  7. Offfhand

    Offfhand Well-Known Member

    Whoever did the stock work was quite skilled. Shaping and fitting the forward part of the stock to orginal '03 shape appears to be very well done so I would say it is the work of a professional gunsmith or very experienced amateur.
  8. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    that doesn't appear to be an O3A3, just an 03.
    what kind of bottom metal does it have?
  9. Mustang51

    Mustang51 Well-Known Member

    Yep--definitely an early Remington M1903.

    The bottom metal is a very highly polished, matching blue, milled unit.
  10. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Since the Remington M1903s were made just before we entered the war and not released to civilian sales until after the war, that would make this a late 1940s or early '50s gun -- the National Matches were suspended during the war, anyway.

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