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1903 Springfield question

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Doucme2, Nov 18, 2012.

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  1. Doucme2

    Doucme2 Member

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    Are 1903a3 bolts and 1903 bolts interchangeable? I have a 1903 RIA high number rifle and want a spare bolt.
     
  2. morcey2

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    Yes, they can. I have a high number SA 1903 that has a 1903A3 Browne & Sharpe (I think) bolt in it. The bolt the gun came with had a damaged lug and bad headspace. After checking the receiver locking surfaces, I bought a replacement bolt and it works great. The 3rd lug isn't one of the nice and purty contoured ones, but the big block, but it works.

    Matt
     
  3. Jim Watson

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    They are mechanically interchangeable.
    No doubt somebody will warn you about headspace, but F. Guffey reported checking a number of Springfield bolts and finding them amazingly close.
     
  4. renegadeshooter1

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    get ahold of the cmp program you can buy spare parts there www.cmp.com
     
  5. tahunua001

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    yes they are identical, the main differences between the 03 and the A3 are that a number of the small parts were stamped rather than milled on the A3 and the sight setup. mechanically speaking they are identical.
     
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