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Old July 16, 2017, 23:17   #1
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Lately getting into teh 1903A3

I think they have a simple, austere beauty, which I like. They are punishing to shoot though.

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Nice looking rifle. Remington or Smith-Corona?
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Old July 17, 2017, 06:15   #3
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ty. That that one is a Remington. It was a beater that I used as a pattern to assemble two others. I decided to keep it and work on it. That's a replacement stock that came off a color guard rifel. I also counter-bored it with hand drill, which actually made it shoot better. Might eventually put a new barrel on it.
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I've always preferred the original 03 pattern to the A3 in aesthetics but my gosh those 03A3s shoot with the updated sights. Had an unissued 1943 dated Remington about 15 years ago that I really wish I still had.
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With my eyes, the focal plane of an 03 has never worked as well for me as an 03A3. I really love that old rifle and now Criterion has a .308 barrel for it.

During a break on designated marksman course I was pinging a 500m target from standing sling supported, while all the AR-15 "operators" were struggling to keep up from rucksack supported prone w/4x scopes. There was some wind, which was hard on the 5.56, and I was having a really good day; but still, I felt rather smug for a while.


Came across a .22LR version a few years back that was really neat, although quite tedious to load the .30-06 to .22LR subcal cases.
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I keep looking at those Criterion barrels. I should do something. I might.
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Old July 17, 2017, 12:50   #7
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I keep looking at those Criterion barrels. I should do something. I might.
You should...

I will loan you my CMP receiver wrench but you will need a barrel vice and pull reamer.
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I will loan you my CMP receiver wrench but you will need a barrel vice and pull reamer.
Now you have to Meb...
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I will loan you my CMP receiver wrench but you will need a barrel vice and pull reamer.
Shouldn't Ratas Calientes' barrel wrench work?
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I used the M16 aluminum vice blocks to crank on the barrel of my 03A3 while turning the receiver with the Brownells universal receiver wrench.

Criterion is a subsidiary of Krieger barrels. I have them mounted on a P14 .303 Remington and a Model of 1917 30-06 Winchester. Both will shoot 1 MOA at 100yds using HXP ammo bagged off the bench.
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Luv my 03's, got a complete rifle kitted out, mostly NOS parts collected over 30 years, going up to Gunplumber when he has time to screw it all together for me, with a NOS 1944 dated two grove barrel and NOS Smith C receiver.

Damn nice rifle Mebs.
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Old July 18, 2017, 00:59   #12
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.22 cal. Springfield

Mark, did that happen to be a M1903 Gallery Practice Rifle? If so, it would shoot .22 Shorts, not .22 Long Rifle. The Hoffer Thompson Auxillary Chambers were bored to use only .22 Short Rounds.

The M1922 Series of rifles did shoot .22 Long Rifle Rounds. They fed from a .22 magazine and did not use the H-T Aux. Chamber.

I have a M1903 G.P. Rifle and it is a lot of fun to shoot. Even with loading and unloading the H-T Aux. Chambers. There is a special tool to help with getting the fired brass out. I also use that tool to push the firing pin back out of the way. Makes it easier to insert the round into the chamber.

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My error in confusing two different .22 1903s.

One was the the .22 short version with subcal cartridges and looked like a regular 03. The other looked like a sporterized model and said Long Rifle CART'GE ONLY on the barrel, Cal. .22 M2 on the receiver - magazine fed.





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See? Even T. Marcus Grammaticus, the modernist, likes the 03A3.

I am going to rebarrel this rifel sooner or later. I did some thinking and bought an NOS Remington GI barrel.

Here's why I decided to stay with .30-06.

1. The Remington GI barrel is a proven part known to work.
2. It was easier to get than the Criterion barrel.
3. It already has the front sight base installed.
4. I couldn't find any testimony from someone who made the conversion from -06 to .308. Installing the barrel and setting headspace is not hard to do, but going from a case length of 63mm to 51mm might bring feeding issues.

One more thing; if you need a front sight blade, think about getting the tallest available. You can file it down if you have to, but if it's too short and you bottom out on the rear sight, you'll be shooting high until you replace it.
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You should be happy with the Rem barrel, and no idea why, but always thought more of the 06 than 308.
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4. I couldn't find any testimony from someone who made the conversion from -06 to .308. Installing the barrel and setting headspace is not hard to do, but going from a case length of 63mm to 51mm might bring feeding issues.
Israeli Mauser = 8mm action in .308. Small block in mag well.

Remington 700 M40 - Long (.30-06 action) with 7.62 NATO chambering.

I've never had any problem with my l.308 garands. I usually put a block in the mag well, but not for feeding - but because long after I'm dead, the gun will still be around and I want it obvious it is not -06.
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I've never had any problem with my l.308 garands. I usually put a block in the mag well, but not for feeding - but because long after I'm dead, the gun will still be around and I want it obvious it is not -06.
I use the mag well insert, and this to make it more obvious.




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I use the mag well insert, and this to make it more obvious.




NIce, but .30-06 is still 7.62 mm, would probably be better to mark it 7,62 NATO
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