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    03 reciever notch

    Recently bought a 03 sporter for "conversion" to a Sniper. After disassembly I noticed some one had cut a notch into the receiver where the bolt handle contacts it.
    Wondering why one would do that?
    Any ideas?
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    It must have had an altered bolt handle at one time. The contour of the arm may have been rounded, or even flat but wouldn't fully close.

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    Military rifles were modified for low scope mounting. It was necessary for rifles like the 1903 & A3 and 98 Mausers to forge (lower) the bolt handle to clear the scope. To avoid thinning the bolt handle excessively, a clearance notch was cut into the receiver to accomodate the modified bolt handle. I have several Springfield sporters and most of them have the notch you describe.

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    Thanks All for the info. For some reason I hadn't really looked at the bolt, but it has been lowered and dropped down. Looks like a really nice job.
    Actually it will work out great in the end for clearance on the faux Unertl.
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