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    Quote Originally Posted by RCS View Post
    Any information on Springfield 606103 (without Hatcher hole) barrel is RIA 5-18 dated ?
    Um this is an interesting one as well.


    Belleau Wood rifles

    605585
    605591
    605637
    606538
    605639
    606538

    New Marine rifles around your serial

    606131


    SRS

    605949 083025CAMP DEVENS
    606093 073023165TH INF NYNG TO RARITAN ARS
    606355 041447SAA (TURNED IN BY FBI)
    606386 082538USMC - SAN DIEGO (SURVEY)
    606434 100426USMC - PHILA NSY (SURVEYED

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    I have 606434 and the paper work from Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick the Librarianicon View Post
    According to John Beardicon, Receivers sent from RIA were from 375,000-430,000+ - 375,000-405,000: About half of these were sent to Springfield; from about 405,000-430,000+, about 75%+ were sent to Springfield and finished there.

    A good place to start to get more information on this interesting variation is C.S. Ferris' Rock Island Rifle Model 1903 book published about 10 years back and still available online.
    Thanks for the info and the pics Rick. Great info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph in PA. View Post
    I have 606434 and the paper work from Wayne

    Any chance you could start a new post and I could see pics? I think the low number Marine rifles are way more interesting than the high numbers.

    Do you have the original document that serial was posted on? If you don't, there is probably a good chance I have the original document. If not, you can pay Andrew to go find it for you in the archives.

    The Survey was when the rifle was found with a defect. Usually meaning it had a bad bore or something along those lines. Usually you see surveyed rifles going back for rebuild.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cplstevennorton View Post
    I want to hear about this rifle. That is a very interesting serial range to me.
    Sorry for the delay, I've been away in Washington DC and am just now catching up. Ser# 611998 was dug out of a guys basement that had been sitting there since he was a kid. The rifle has a "bubba barrel" and was missing the rear site assm. and bolt, I bought the entire "thing" with the hope of restoring it (The part are worth more then I paid) only to find out the receiver we damaged like it was deformed by being slightly crushed in a vise just enough so you couldn't slide the bolt all the way in. I've set the receiver on the back burner though, I'll rework it at some point and make it into a .22 or a pistol caliber rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usabaker View Post
    Sorry for the delay, I've been away in Washington DC and am just now catching up. Ser# 611998 was dug out of a guys basement that had been sitting there since he was a kid. The rifle has a "bubba barrel" and was missing the rear site assm. and bolt, I bought the entire "thing" with the hope of restoring it (The part are worth more then I paid) only to find out the receiver we damaged like it was deformed by being slightly crushed in a vise just enough so you couldn't slide the bolt all the way in. I've set the receiver on the back burner though, I'll rework it at some point and make it into a .22 or a pistol caliber rifle.

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    Was the receiver drilled and tapped?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cplstevennorton View Post
    Was the receiver drilled and tapped?
    Yes it is, there is a grind mark on it as well. Here are some pictures that might answer any questions you have.




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