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    I do not understand your question. Please...

    I do not understand your question. Please elaborate or be more explicit.

    Thanks!

    J.B.
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    If you will examine the two stock reinforcing...

    If you will examine the two stock reinforcing crossbolts closely, you will observe that the nut on the rear bolt is fully seated and clearly staked. The nut on the front bolt is poorly seated and is...
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    I post my information on a take it or leave it...

    I post my information on a take it or leave it basis. I have no desire to antagonize or engage in controversy. You are free to choose. And if you seek more information, then kindly ask.

    J.B.
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    Your stock was originally a 1-bolt stock and your...

    Your stock was originally a 1-bolt stock and your reference book is flawed.

    J.B.
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    The second stock bolt in your rifle's stock was...

    The second stock bolt in your rifle's stock was added during overhaul. The stock was originally a single-bolt pre-1917 stock.

    J.B.
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    Milled trigger guards were never originally...

    Milled trigger guards were never originally assembled to M'03-A3's, but stamped trigger guards were definitely assembled to later production M1903's, indeed several months before M'03-A3 production...
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    The serial number and barrel date match. From a...

    The serial number and barrel date match. From a financial standpoint, the rifle is not worth buying the correct matching parts and restoring to original condition. Some collectors, however, welcome...
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    The rifle's receiver is either a "lunchbox...

    The rifle's receiver is either a "lunchbox special", a Griffin and Howe receiver, or the serial number has been professionally removed. There's no way it could have been issued for military service...
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    Other than a receiver in the NM serial range, I...

    Other than a receiver in the NM serial range, I see no evidence that you have a Rock Island National Match rifle. The serial number is not listed in SRS as a National Match rifle and the serial...
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    When WWI ended, Avis had a large quantity of...

    When WWI ended, Avis had a large quantity of leftover steel barrel blanks. The barrel blanks were government property and were shipped to Springfield Armory. The barrel blanks were in the shape of...
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    I concur with RCS. The barrel in his National...

    I concur with RCS. The barrel in his National Match rifle was made using a blank sent from Rock Island Arsenal in 1926.

    J.B.

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    Seasons' Greetings! You have a CMP Greek...

    Seasons' Greetings!

    You have a CMP Greek rifle. The "B" and "X" markings in the stock are Greek markings. The "0852" is the last 4 digits of the serial number that the Greeks fitted the stock to...
  13. Seasons' Greetings! Remington milled...

    Seasons' Greetings!

    Remington milled buttplates are also marked with an "R". The "R" is on the back side against the stock. The buttplate cap is also marked with an "R" and is visible when...
  14. Seasons' Greetings! Answers are as follows: ...

    Seasons' Greetings!

    Answers are as follows:

    (1) No.

    (2) I am not aware of a conclusive method for identifying a U.S. issue Type C stock from a reproduction. Usually, examining the...
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    From what I can see in your pictures, yours...

    From what I can see in your pictures, yours appears to be authentic.

    Merry Christmas!

    J.B.
  16. Your rifle has been arsenal-overhauled,...

    Your rifle has been arsenal-overhauled, refinished, and re-assembled from mixed parts. The grasping groove stock, if authentic, dates from the WWI period. But the authenticity of the stock markings...
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    Your rifle does indeed appear to be all original....

    Your rifle does indeed appear to be all original. Most of the British rifles sold and returned to the U.S. were in original condition. And your rifle's receiver probably is nickel steel.

    Thanks...
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    As you noted, your rifle was overhauled at Rock...

    As you noted, your rifle was overhauled at Rock Island Arsenal after WWII and inspected by a subordinate of Chief Inspector Frank Krack. The barrel and receiver are an original combination and the...
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    Your rifle, RIA S/N 27686, was manufactured at...

    Your rifle, RIA S/N 27686, was manufactured at Rock Island Arsenal in 1906 as a 1905 Modification rifle in .30-'03 caliber. Your rifle may have been assembled at the time of manufacture or may have...
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    The "4" in the barrel channel is probably a...

    The "4" in the barrel channel is probably a common subinspection mark. Springfield and Remington M1903 stocks were commonly stamped in that location.

    The "R" in the bolt handle inletting was...
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    Exhibiting only an encircled "P" proof mark is...

    Exhibiting only an encircled "P" proof mark is not normal.

    J.B.
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    I am not aware of any M'03-A3 stocks exhibiting...

    I am not aware of any M'03-A3 stocks exhibiting only an encircled "P" proof mark. Does the stock exhibit any markings on the bottom in front of the front trigger guard screw? Please advise.

    J.B.
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    I concur that, if you bought CMP Greek rifles,...

    I concur that, if you bought CMP Greek rifles, then the numbers atop the handle were indeed applied by the Greeks. If you think the Greeks had a monopoly on serializing bolts atop the handle,...
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    Those are not Greek numbers atop the bolt handle....

    Those are not Greek numbers atop the bolt handle. And the numbers don't match. The numbers may have originated from Bubba. The rifle, as pictured, exhibits no characteristics of Greek issuance.
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    I see no evidence that the rifle is a CMP Greek...

    I see no evidence that the rifle is a CMP Greek rifle. The rifle has been arsenal-overhauled and is valued in the $800-$1000 range if it has a good bore.

    Good Luck!

    J.B.
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