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Good Deal? Smith Corona 1903a3?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by nwilliams, Jul 16, 2011.

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  1. nwilliams

    nwilliams Member

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    I have the opportunity to buy a Smith Corona 1903a3 for $500 and I'm wondering if I should.

    I really don't know how to value a Smith Corona 1903 and the prices I've seen on Gunbroker seem to range quite a bit.

    The gun looks to be in good shape, it doesn't appear that anyone has really messed with it although it looks like the stock was cleaned up a bit. Overall it looks like a nice example of a 1903.

    Is there anything I should look for to help determine if the price is right? I don't much about Smith Corona 1903's so I'm a bit in the dark on this one.

    Thanks.
     
  2. USSR

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    $500 for an unmessed with Smith-Corona 03/A3 is a steal. Jump on it.

    Don
     
  3. Tim the student

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    Sounds like a good deal to me, but I'm not the most knowledgeable guy when it comes to 1903s.
     
  4. CapnMac

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    Ok, it depends on whether you want a shooter or a collector.

    If you want a collectable 03A3, it needs all sorts of things, right stock shape, cartouches on that stock; many collectors want matched manufacturer parts; others just want all stamped or all milled (versus a mix of milled and stamped parts).

    If you want a shooter, at $500 you have a pretty good deal. (With the normal sorts of caveats, like good bore, good bolt, headspace, crown, etc,) You will probably want a type "C" pistol grip stock for a shooter--not that there's anything wrong with the straight or scant stocks.

    if you could get us some pics, there are some good, and experienced, eyes here.
     
  5. RickMD

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    According to the current online version of the Blue Book of Gun Values a Smith Corona 1903/A3 is worth $410 in 70% condition and $625 in 90% condition. They bring a premium of 25% over an A3 of Remington manufacturer.

    As usual, condition is everything when it comes to value. Condition is determined by the percentage of original finish remaining. If you post a picture I'm sure that we could estimate condition for you.
     
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    Deal! 16 pages of completed auctions on GB for the Smith Corona well tell you they can sell for twice+ that depending on condition.
     
  7. rdean

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    Info Please : Smith corona 03a3

    I just came into a 1903A3 Smith Corona, that by the story, was a WW-II, Battle of the Bulge vet, without any carts, all original parts and "No" re-armory stamps. Story is he sent it home from the front. SM 2-43, bomb, P, straight stock. Sn # 364xxxx.
     
  8. USSR

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    Buy the rifle, not the story. The truth is, few if any 03-A3's saw combat.

    Don
     
  9. henschman

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    If it's pretty nice I'd buy it in a heartbeat. the CMP used to sell them at that price several years back, and they sold like hotcakes. The Smith-Coronas have always been more desireable. If you want a shooter they generally make the best ones, since they have the nice 4-groove barrel instead of just a 2-groove... if it has the original S-C barrel that is.
     
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    It was a gift, no $$, the barrel stamp has shadow marks, like it was starting to get pressed, then lifted & pressed harder?
     
  11. j. rap.

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    aim surplus has them refinished for 795 good price but 500 :what:THATS AWESOME:what:
     
  12. nwilliams

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    As I said in the other thread... absolutely gorgeous rifle. :cool:
     
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    CMP just offered Smith Corona 03A3's for $500. Pretty much sold out in one day (Oct 3).
     
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