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1903 Springfield

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by m1903rifleman, Jun 24, 2011.

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  1. m1903rifleman

    m1903rifleman Member

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    I have put together a 1903a3 with a Smith Corona reciever, and Springfield barrel and bolt. Any idea what it is worth. I shoot them not really collect them and I am not selling this. I had enough parts from other projects to put another complete one together. All I need is a stacking swivel which I have lyoing around somewhere. I don't remember the stock just a rack grade.
     
  2. Sunray

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    What condition? Pictures would help.
     
  3. Jim K

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    A put-together frankengun? No collector value, so $250 maybe; a bit more if it shoots well. Besides, if you are not selling, it doesn't matter.

    Jim
     
  4. m1903rifleman

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    Jim, a simple $250 would have been nice. Sunray, I will try to get some pics up. Thanks.
     
  5. Baba Louie

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    In my mind, when older sporterized 03's are selling for $4-500 in good condition, value might be a tad more than $250 due to the SC receiver. Arsenal refurbs changed out barrels, stocks, etc and in good shape, to 99% of the shooting world (sans serious 03 collectors) I'd place the value upwards $5-600ish to the right buyer (isn't that always the case?)

    But then again, whaddaIknow? $250 will get you a Yugo 48 all day long and US milsurps in good condition that are shooters seem to command a higher value among US buyers.

    So, maybe somewhere between $250 and $600ish? (how's that for a precise non-answer? :D)

    Any photos to share? You know, come to think of it, I don't think I've got any photos of my SC. Might have to go home and snap a few.
     
  6. PokeyOkie

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    I can't speak for elsewhere, but in Oklahoma an '03A3 like yours would fetch $400 or so. They're really great guns. Pictures would definitely help though.

    Carl
     
  7. m1903rifleman

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    Here are a few pics

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    03a32.jpg

    Shot this morning at 100 meters. This is off a hasty sling. I guess it would do better off a rest.

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    The reciever alone is worth at least two hundred. Might fetch more at auction though.
     
  9. Jim K

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    Hi, m1903rifleman,

    Sorry, I didn't intend to disparage that rifle, but what can I call it? It certainly is not original or even a GI rebuild, so it has little collector value. It may be a good shooter but target shooters who use an M1903 or M1903A3 in 2011 are thin on the ground. And there is not a lot of interest today even in cutting them down for sporters, which I would gather you would not especially like anyway.

    Maybe things are different in other places, but I would say that if you can get $600 for that gun, take it.

    Jim
     
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