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Need Help Identifying 30.06 Bolt Action Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by FAS1, Oct 27, 2010.

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  1. FAS1

    FAS1 Member

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    I'll try to post some pics later but thought someone might know the markings that I found. Can't find a caliber marking or manufacturer. Only has a serial number that's visible. Might be something under the scope mount. I was told it's a 30.06 and I know it's more than 40 years old.

    The marking that I see in a couple places looks like a cannonball or bomb that is lit. So it's round with smoke or flames at the top like a cartoon bomb. It's on the left side of the chamber and also on the underside of the bolt handle where it is machined flat. Looks to be used as the O in OK. Maybe part of the QC of the bolt showing it passed.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Robert

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    Pics would indeed help but a bolt action rifle in 30-06 with a Ordinance Bomb is most likely a Model 1903 of some derivation.
     
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    From the sound of it, it sounds like it's a sporterized 1903 or 1903-A3.

    If it's an A3, the rear receiver bridge will have a dovetail that the scope mount attaches to. If it's a regular 1903, it'll be more rounded with a bit of a "bump" there.

    As you suspected, on there should be more information on the front receiver bridge under the scope mount.

    On either there should be a fairly long protruction with a gripping surface extended from the rear of the bolt (basically a really long cocking piece). There should also be a switch on the left side of the receiver that says "ON" that you'd need to flip down to remove the bolt from the action.

    Pics would help a lot.
     
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    I would guess a sporterized M1917 but we need pictures.
     
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    Pics

    Here's a couple photos.
     

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    A couple more.
     

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    It looks like a sporterized M1917 or P14 Enfield rifle. Assuming it is really .30-06 caliber it may be an m1917. Remington used the tooling to make a commercial rifle as well. Your picture is not detailed enough to give more information. Flaming bomb stamp indicated U.S. military. Manufacturer is on the forward action ring probably under the scope mount. It will be either Winchester, Remington or Edystone (remington sattelite)
     
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    Definatly a 1917 Enfield. Remove the scope mount and find the place of manufacture.
     
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    Thanks guys for the help. I agree with the 1917 Enfield after looking at some pics. This weekend I'll remove the scope so I can record all the info.
     
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    Agreed, US Model of 1917, .30-06 caliber (unless rechambered or rebarrelled.)

    Nicely done, too, with the rear sight "ears" removed, looks like the low contour receiver bridge alteration, straightened floorplate, and drilled and tapped for both scope mount and receiver sight. Of course if you did one that way now, the USGI collectors would be out with torches and pitchforks.
     
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    Look down the bore and see if it has "Left handed" twist. The 1917 had 5 groove left handed verses the 4 groove right hand of most American makers. Be a good clue without removing the base.
     
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    You'll need to rule out a Rem M30 which was built from leftover M1917 parts. I had an old beater M30 years back but don't recall the markings - I'm fairly sure there were visible Rem markings, but cannot be certain. Tempus fugit...
     
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