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    My newly inherited Ross Rifle-What exactly do I have?

    Hi all,

    I recently inherited a 1905 Ross Rifle that I didn't even know my father had. I believe that I have either a commercial Sporter model or one that has been "Sporterized." The barrel does not appear to have been cut but I'm really not sure. It has a ladder rear sight. I'm very interested to know exactly what I have. Thanks in advance.



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    Neat, the tool in the butt is for the US issue M1icon rifle.
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    Thanks Jim, I had no idea what that tool was for.

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    You have a sporterization of a MkII of some variety. If there is a serial number over the chamber then it would have been a commercial target rifle originally. If not, it's a cut-down ex-military rifle.

    It looks like the butt has been heavily sanded, so probably no original markings left?
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    Looks like a sported MkII3*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surpmil View Post
    You have a sporterization of a MkII of some variety. If there is a serial number over the chamber then it would have been a commercial target rifle originally. If not, it's a cut-down ex-military rifle.

    It looks like the butt has been heavily sanded, so probably no original markings left?
    Thanks, there are no markings evident on the stock. I'll have to take a closer look to see if I can locate a serial # on the chamber. After doing more research and reading your reply though, I'm leaning towards it being a sporterized military gun. Thanks!

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    Can someone tell me what the measurement of the barrel should be for a MkII?

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    Barrel should be 28 inches from the front of a closed bolt.

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    Thank you. Mine is 28" so I guess that's a good thing that it hasn't been chopped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by signal13 View Post
    Thank you. Mine is 28" so I guess that's a good thing that it hasn't been chopped.
    If you (or someone else) decides to restore this to original mil spec, don't throw away the shortened stock. I can't bring it across the border, or I'd be in the market myself, but there's a number of people who'd pay to take it off your hands.

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