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    Newb 1903 question

    I just signed up for this site after reading some of the forums over the last few weeks.
    I have a 44 Springfield M1icon Garand with an Dutch Evo barrel - really nice and enjoy shooting it.
    I'm looking for a 1903 A3 (seem to be in limited supply) and found one at my local gun club.
    Seller bought it last year from Aim surplus
    US Model 1903 A3 .30-06 Rifle with C Stock
    Classic Springfield 1903 A3 .30-06 caliber bolt actions Rifles. Each has been professionally refurbished utilizing brand new 4-Groove, 1-10 RH Twist Criterion barrels, U. S. receivers (Remington or Smith-Corona) and Full C stocks. We received just a small number of these fine rifles.
    His is a Smith Corona action that is really nice.
    I'll have some pics this weekend and get to run a few rounds through it.
    he want $999 for it.
    Any thoughts on the latest Aim Surplus 1903 A3s?

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    Likely refurbed drill rifle receiver. Probably good shooters but no collector value or appreciation over time.
    That money will buy a nice original or arsenal rebuild with a tight GI barrel. They are out there on the web.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickax View Post
    That money will buy a nice original or arsenal rebuild with a tight GI barrel. They are out there on the web.
    Agreed. There was some talk about this 1903A3 (link below) in the auction gossip forum. Should provide a good reference to how overpriced $999 is for the 1903A3 the OP describes.

    https://www.gunbroker.com/item/786725313

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    Any way to confirm receiver welded or not?
    I have disassembly skills and rifle in my possesion
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    Quote Originally Posted by sray53txtn View Post
    Any way to confirm receiver welded or not?
    If they’ll let you take it out of the wood look where the barrel meets the receiver on the underside. If there’s an ugly spot or obvious grinding, it was a drill rifle.
    Also look around the cutoff. Drill rifles were welded here too and it’s difficult (not impossible) to clean this area up to look nice.
    If these areas look fine, it doesn’t prove it wasn’t a drill rifle. If these areas look bad, it was a drill rifle.

    But really, it’s a moot point. $999 is overpriced either way. In my area, at auction, I see 1903A3s going for around $700.
    And I go to a lot of auctions.


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