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    John Beardicon would be the fellow to reach out to on the CMPicon forums. He grades the 1903 and 1903A3s they sell.

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    Thank you....I will look him up

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    Really like the scope, makes the rifle unique.

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    Nice Rifle
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    Bolt sleeve appears to be S-C
    Trigger Guard Assy is for an M1903 (milled instead of stamped)
    Upper and Lower bands are for M1903 not 03A4 (again milled instead of stamped)
    Quite common replacement parts by owners Post War II.

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    As Cosine said it looks like a mix of A3 and 03 parts. The buttplate even looks like the late coarse style you see on the NM's, but it's not the best pic to tell. It looks like a complete rebuild with the metal being re-parked. The serial is very early for an A4, so I would expect to see a very early 1943 barrel date, so I think the barrel has been replaced.

    Those split rings for the m84 are getting really hard to find.

    I think you have an honest 1903A4 sniper. It's just been through a full rebuild, which is very common on these rifles. Probably 99% of the A4's you see are rebuilds.

    I haven't followed A4 pricing lately, but a couple years back when I did this would have been a $3500 rifle with the scope. So a very nice family heirloom you have here!

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    Well this is an exciting post to follow! Unfortunately I know little about M1903A4s and know some stuff here and there and the things I do know, I see on your rifle. However I am no expert by any means.
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    Looks like a M1903A4. Some of them were redone at Anniston Army Depot and some of them had M82 or M84 telescopes installed before being put in storage. From what I can see, it's a "real" M1903A4.

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    Thanks to all of you for your insight and input. I have some CMPicon 150 gr. I'm going to run through it a little. Looking forward to hearing it cough.


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