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sporterized 1903?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by trigger45, Mar 25, 2003.

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  1. trigger45

    trigger45 Member

    Feb 6, 2003
    Texas, USA
    I saw 1903 sporterized rifle in 30-06 in a pawn shop looks to be in good condition.really want one for a shooter hunter usage. what do you think? $189.99
  2. BHP9

    BHP9 member

    Dec 27, 2002
    As long as the barrel is not shot out you would be wise to purchase it. It is a far more quality arm than all of the current junk that is being made today.

    You will not find and junk castings in it or any fragile aluminum or pyro plastic.

    The claw extractor is very powerful and almost unbreakable something you cannot say for todays modern made junk.

    The gun is a controlled feed weapon that is superior to the push feed mass produced weapons one encounters in todays sporting good stores where plastic and sheet metal are king of the hill.

    All the metal in the original 1903's not the 1903a3's were made of honest to God forgings.

    If it has a nice stock on it even if the barrel needs replacing you might still want to buy it.

    Remember this gun will work no matter how cold it gets or how dirty it gets. It won't jam up at a critical time and you will not have to worry about the bolt handle falling off if you pull too hard on it.

    In short it was made the way rifles should be made. You will find few if any rifles being made that way today.
  3. hps1

    hps1 Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Is it an 03 ar 03A3?

    Springfields are great rifles, but I personally would not shoot one if it is a 1903 made @ Springfield Armory with a serial number below 800,000 or if made by Rock Island Arsenal below 285,507.
    These are considered "low #" receivers and their strength is questionable.

    RIA began double heat treating receivers after 285507 and SA after 800000. The best 1903 receivers were nickel steel and SA began using this alloy after # 1275767. RIA after 319921.

    All 1903 A3's have nickel steel receivers. The A3's had the male dovetail on the rear receiver ring for mounting an aperature sight.

    If the rifle has a high number receiver, it sure should be worth the asking price IMHO.

  4. QuarterBoreGunner

    QuarterBoreGunner Member

    Mar 10, 2003
    West Oakland
    I have a sporterized ’03 A3 that was done sometime in the ‘60s or ‘70s I believe and it absolutely beautiful. Deep polished blue on the barrel and receiver, Fajen stock and a mystery trigger. Redfield receiver peep sight and a hooded front. Someone did a lot of quality work, and MAN can that thing shoot.

    Do it. You won’t be let down.
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