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    Close the laptop and drive, Rick!

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    New Rifle

    Jinx - Congratulations on your new rifle. Always glad to hear about 1903-03A3 love at first sight acquistions.

    And continued kudos to RtL for always being quick with good advice. Not sure which has gotten more good natured kidding "mileage" over the years; his afghan photo backdrops or the "sniffing bore cleaner again" excuse when he misses a small info clue.

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    As I often say "I'm a humble man ... and I have a LOT to be humble about"

    (Thanks for the kind words, Alkali!)
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    Thanks for the info. I was stumped because the band springs and all the stock hardware is Remington except the unmarked stacking and upper sling swivels.
    Was "love at first sight" with her! Beautiful metal and wood with tiger striping.
    I guess Bill Rica has rear sight parts and I need to get her a GI buttstock cleaning kit too.
    What essentials should I pick up for it? (other than ammo) I've got a dozen of those lil yellow capped grease pots and CLP.
    The PO gave me a big a** bayonet stamped Remington with it too but I can't figure out how it mounts. But it makes quick work of slicing watermellons!

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    Remington made many different models of rifles and bayonets for many different countries over the years. Your's may not be for an '03 . Does it say "1905" or have the "US " or flaming bomb marks ? There is also the US M1917 bayonet they made , too.
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    Marked Remington and 1917 and something that looks like a bird?

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    That's for the M1917 " Enfield " rifle ( also fits the trench guns of WW1 and WW2 , but not 1903s ) . The "bird" is an Eagle's head , the military acceptance mark for WW1 . Same thing as the crossed cannons of WW2.
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    I have also joined the 03a3 Remington Club recently.

    One thing I have noticed is that the rear screw which attaches the barreled receiver to the stock is too short to engage all the threads.... Why would it be designed like that ?

    Saw the same thing clearly illustrated in the third picture in Harlan's post on "original configuration" .......

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    Probably a M1903 screw. On the earlier rifles, the hole wasn't drilled all the way through to the top. It was on later M1903s and M1903A3s made during WWII as a labor-saving feature.

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