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I was given a rifle today
danielgage Member Posts: 10,365 ✭✭✭✭
I am not seeing any writing on it except the word ON
Anybody know what brand or anything else about it please share with me thanks
I think it is a 30-06
An old Remington, maybe?
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I don't think so but not sure what brand it is
Take it out of the wood and see if you see anything below the wood line somewhere.
Appears to be maybe a Mauser type receiver and maybe a custom barrel.
I've got one similar with a custom barrel and the info is on the bottom of the barrel below the wood line.
You need to ALWAYS check the headspace before firing any correct caliber ammo.
Given? Wow, very nice.
Forend looks Remington, action looks large ring mauser. Butt stock looks Frankengun, but a great price on a project.
You likely earned it then.
Looking at it on my small screen Kindle, it looks like a 03 Springfield reciever to me. Bob
I believe you are right
It appears to be a sporterized 1903 Springfield (not 1903-A3) cal. 30-06, unless altered. A commercial safety lever installed. The maker and serial number is on the front receiver bridge. You may want to check the serial number against the "low number Spingfields" warning on the internet or the CMP website.
Can you find your 10mm wrench? I can't find mine.
yes sir I have at least one hanging there
I don't understand what all you are saying
1903 Springfields below Serial number 800,000 are considered unsafe to shoot by some people due to possible incorrect heat treating of the receiver at the time of manufacture. Only a handfull have ever failed, and some people are convinced that any faulty receiver would have failed in the last 100 years.
Is that the part you weren't understanding?
yes sir thank you
I painted all my 10mm wrenches and sockets red so I can find them easily.
I'd have to say that the stock reminds me of a Remington... I also hate to say it but that scope is ruining the rifle 🧐
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Nice to know your liked by the family at least one
I 'm sure its been fired many times any times and I am guilty of shooting old military or custom barreld guns
i suggest do a head space check or even chamber casting
And no I never did but luck must have come into play a old carcano taught me to be more aware
Any way let us know how it works out
that scope mount looks really high BUT with that much curve in the Bolt handle , it might have needed that much height to clear the side of the scope , if you plan and using the rifle , you might want to take a look at gettting lower mounts , ( maybe getting that bolt handle straighten out a little ) if that's possible
Looks like a 700 BDL stock, but the action looks like a mauser. Frankengun???
" the action looks like a Mauser",,,,,,,,,,,,as above this is a 1903 Springfield, which is a 'take-off' of the Mauser. you will have to take the front scope mount off to see the maker ( remington, springfield, or rock island) and ser. #
not sure looking for some like it on the auction side of the house
No mystery here. It's a 1903 Springfield or a 1903a3 with the milled 03 trigger guard installed later. The stock is a Bishop or Fajen aftermarket, probably a Bishop because of the black plastic fore end tip.
You have to pull the front mount to identify what arsenal built it. Looks like a six digit serial number so it can be considered high number.
Many of thousands sporterized in the 50s and 60s when surplus rifles were inexpensive.
thank you all
I was told Excalibur from Yugoslavia today ???
is it like this one
Not to start a War over the low number 03 Springfield but i am one of the gun nuts who still believes in shooting it with the ammo that was made for it. 70,000 CUP's
I spent hundreds of hours researching this. A lot of the stuff that is out there including the NRA's poop is CYA. My 03 was sporterized by Paul Jaeger and his Stockmaker was Fritz Voight in 1949. I talked to Mr Jaeger personally when he was still working in Jenkintown, Pa. at 93 years old. Gun was made up for a Grad of USMA '39 and took me 10 years to get it. Proceeds from sale of this gun were used to help build Herbert Hall, the Alumni Center at West Point of which I was the Building Manager.
i purchased my 03 from my former boss who was a USMA '39 classmate of the original owner. He was in the 82nd Airborne and he donated my check to the AOG building fund and the original owners name was written into the Memory Book at West Point.
The gun has a Heinsold Wetzlar German scope and is mounted with Paul jaegers custom made Griffin and Howe type mount. I have all the documentation on this gun.
One of the good books on subject is "The Book of The Springfield" by E.C.Crossman. One of the great gun nuts i ran into on subject was Chief of Oncology at University of Utah.
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I have a similar sporterized 1903a3....looks like that is the MKII safety lever that was fitted on it which was very popular back in the day
That rifle is very likely worth cleaning up a little and maybe putting some other wrongs and scope.on it. I would say a Leupold of just about any flavor would do a lot for that rifle.
Likely still the GI barrel on it. Don't listen to any naysayers that say they won't shoot. Mine will consistently print MOA 5 shot groups with its 1943 two groove barrel with my hand loads. Yours likely can as well assuming it's free floated and has a decent trigger.
There is nothing wrong with those two land barrels. I have a 1917 Eddystone, and back 40 years ago when I could see good, I could hit the white top of metal fence posts at 150 yards pretty consistently.
I believe the scope on it is a Leopold
IF that is a Leupold then the value just went up a bunch. ☺️
It is a sporterized Springfield or Rock Island 1903 or 1903A3. Rock Island receivers under the serial number 281,000 are not considered safe due to potential heat treating issues. The actual number of failures are in the single digits and most were blamed on wrong ammo, bad ammo or bore obstruction, not the gun itself. Pull the scope and front mount. It will have the maker and serial number under it.
As i recall a few in the trenches in WW1, when in the heat of battle the wrong bolt was mated to the wrong receiver (headspace). ---------------Ray
yes someone blacked out the gold ring for some unknown reason to me
Your "new" rifle is a 1903-A3 made during WWII by either Remington or Smith Corona. (They were all "high numbered actions" so no worries there). It will be marked MODEL 03-A3 under that front scope base. The bolt handle has been modified to clear a scope, the stamped trigger guard/magazine has been replaced (probably with a milled unit made for the model1903), the safety is replaced with what looks like one made by Buehler, and as has been said, the stock is a Fajen or Bishop with probably a Pachmyer pad. The original chambering was .30/06 but you need to check to be sure the barrel hasn't been replaced or re-chambered.
Those are great rifles! I have several of them. Yours was re-done very well from its military configuation. Stock checkering was costly and so not often seen on military conversions. You have a right to take pride in that rifle and it deserves some TLC. It appears to need some refinish on the stock (if you do it, please be careful of the checkering).
If possible, I would like to see pictures of the front sight, the left side of the rifle, and the trigger guard/magazine.
I am not where I can take another picture until this next weekend
thanks for all the information
The stock does not look like a Remington to me.
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I guess they wanted something "tactical"