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Old March 06, 2020, 14:48   #1
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Remington 1903A3

I formally adopted a Remington 1903A3 today, it has the correct stock,of the parts I've seen are all marked with an R. It went through Ogden as it is marked with OG on the stock, it may have only gotten a cursory inspection as it has a an 11-43 barrel, I'll have to research the serial number to find the time frame it was built to verify.

This one joins a Smith Corona 03A3 and a Rock Island 03, I love wood and steel rifles!


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Old March 06, 2020, 15:17   #2
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I just looked up my serial number and the barrel date and the serial number are from the same time frame (11-43 barrel serial# Nov-Dec 43) so I am going to say that it has it's original barrel and likely all correct R marked parts!
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Old March 06, 2020, 16:04   #3
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That's the way I like to see them!! Good score!

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Nice rifel. I love 1903s and 1903A3s.

It looks like it has a milled 1903 trigger guard.
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Very nice, congrats.
Love me some wood and steel rifles m'self.
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Very nice, congrats.
Love me some wood and steel rifles m'self.
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Love these critters. I do shoot my 03A4 more than the 03s or 03A3s, but they are all a hoot.
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Nice rifle...

Im wondering if it was somebodys match rifle with the 03 milled trigger guard,,,is it bedded ?
One of the old accurizing tricks was using milled guards instead of stamped ones when bedding work was done.
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Nice rifle...

Im wondering if it was somebodys match rifle with the 03 milled trigger guard,,,is it bedded ?
One of the old accurizing tricks was using milled guards instead of stamped ones when bedding work was done.
I'm not sure I'll check, I was thinking that it got replaced when it went through Ogden.
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Very nice Ron. As much as I like my FNs and Valmets, those old milsurps will always be my favorite.
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I'm not sure I'll check, I was thinking that it got replaced when it went through Ogden.
Could be I guess...I just know they were commonly used when bedding for a match accurizing upgrade back in the day.
IIRC, Profiles of the mag box on 03 vs A3 are a little bit different, so swaping one way needs a little relief work and the other shows poor fitting gaps at front/back corners....Though I dont remember which is which anymore off hand,,,its been 20+yrs since Ive done such type work on one.
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Could be I guess...I just know they were commonly used when bedding for a match accurizing upgrade back in the day.
IIRC, Profiles of the mag box on 03 vs A3 are a little bit different, so swaping one way needs a little relief work and the other shows poor fitting gaps at front/back corners....Though I dont remember which is which anymore off hand,,,its been 20+yrs since Ive done such type work on one.
Thanks for the info, I'll check it out!
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Just for comparison, here is a R3mingt0n O3A3, cobbled together by me, using a re-activated dr1LL rifel rec3lver. It has similar markings on the stock as yours, although not as clear.

There are many clues that it's not actually OG though.

1. 1903 str1ker r0d. Maybe OG would do that.
2. Marbles front sight blade, which I had in the junk tub: not OG.
3. Repr0ducti0n tr1gger guard: not OG
4. Repr0ducti0n fr0nt band: not OG.
5. Evidence of sp0t weld removed from magaz1ne cut0ff area: not OG.
6. Obviously the sling is farby, but I don't care.







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Nice rifel Mebs!
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This thread makes me giddy. Parted together an old Remington 03A1 a few years ago, should have kept it but traded it for a new Nikon camera. The camera is worthless today but that rifle still holds value.
One day I intend to add another 1903 of some flavor to the collection.
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This thread makes me giddy. Parted together an old Remington 03A1 a few years ago, should have kept it but traded it for a new Nikon camera. The camera is worthless today but that rifle still holds value.
One day I intend to add another 1903 of some flavor to the collection.
The LGS that I got this from had 3 Remington 03A3s and one Remington 03, of the 3 03A3s left all had replacement stocks.

This store buys estates so they get a mixed bag of stuff all of the time including ammo.

My love for the 1903A3s came from High school ROTC, our drill rifles were demilled 03A3s, there was just something about them that caught my eye!
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I Think the 1903 and 1903-A3 rifles are my favorite Mil-Surp Bolt guns ...

Top rifle is a 1903-A3 Target rifle with Lyman sights

Middle is a National Match 1903

the Bottom rifle is a 1903 National Match Clone I put together with real National match parts Numbered stock hardware and polished Bolt -Missing a star gauge barrel, That Does not make it anymore accurate Its just a select barrel out of many -I got Lucky as this rifle shoots jet as well as the True NM rifle and I dont mind shooting it as Im not worried about collector value .!







A sweet 1903-A3 with a C-stock


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Thank you Story. I was tempted, but it was low number and I would be hearing voices: "Go and shoot it. You know you want to. Don't be a sissy."
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Thank you Story. I was tempted, but it was low number and I would be hearing voices: "Go and shoot it. You know you want to. Don't be a sissy."
Okely Dokely. I'm in the "shoot it, with regular ball ammo" camp.

On a related note, remember to replace your mainsprings.

l. to r. / Greek return, nice 1940's vintage sporter, NOS ($3/10 in the wrap at a local gunshow)
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Randy- those are nice 1903s. Im a sucker for an 03 with a Lyman ladder sight. I have a 1903A1 NM myself.
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I formally adopted a Remington 1903A3 today, it has the correct stock,of the parts I've seen are all marked with an R. It went through Ogden as it is marked with OG on the stock, it may have only gotten a cursory inspection as it has a an 11-43 barrel, I'll have to research the serial number to find the time frame it was built to verify.

This one joins a Smith Corona 03A3 and a Rock Island 03, I love wood and steel rifles!


You have good taste in rifles! Thanks for sharing. Would love to see your Smith Corona. My Dad bought me one back in the day, my first centerfire rifle.

giftfromdad - Copy


It has got the smoothest butter action.......total sweetness.

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Two groove barrel! Thin sight blade maybe?

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Stock markings....

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This design is better than mauser IMHO with the peep sight even a guy with bad eyes can use. Love my mausers but got to glass them to shoot them. Not so with the 03A3.

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Cosmolene covered spare parts.

03a3parts - Copy

I dont know squat about the history of this rifle. I thought I did but now not sure at all. Any comments on it are appreciated.
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Just picked up a sporterized pawn shop rescue A3 turned A4 sniper clone from my gunsmith. Working on fitting a finger groove stock to my Mark 1. I enjoy the US Springfield 1903 family.
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My Smith Corona.



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Thank you sir! You got the real deal there I think. All SC marked parts yes? I don't know what mine is, has a R marked bolt and RA barrel.
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As far as I know yes all are SC parts. Your bolt and barrel are Remington.
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That is a Nice Typewriter !! SC never used 2 Groove barrels,,But I has one ,,with NO serial Number in the receiver !!
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Cosmolene covered spare parts.

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Any comments on it are appreciated.
The green-paper wrapped thing is a spare mainspring. If you field-strip your bolt and the mainspring in it is shorter than the one in the wrap, replace it now.

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The green-paper wrapped thing is a spare mainspring. If you field-strip your bolt and the mainspring in it is shorter than the one in the wrap, replace it now.
Thank you Mr Story. I will check.
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Smith Corona did not manufacture the barrels although they are stamped S C. The barrels were made by Hi Standard and as far as I know were all four groove units.

I had a gunsmith replace the nasty looking RA barrel on one of my 03A3's with a new surplus S C marked barrel. Using TW 53 M2 Ball it would give 2.5 inch groups at 100 yards off the bench rest. Not too shabby for a war time produced rifle and ammo.

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