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    I just received a 1903 Modified

    Looks like a nice Remington 1903 from WW2 era. It's serial range is 330xxxx, with barrel rollmarked 4-42. The replacement stock is stamped faintly with "RA" and Inspection stamp of "FJA" in a square box. It should have been stamped with another inspector initials. The stock was sanded down in a previous life, but still looks very nice today. Here are some photos....


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    Very faint stock markings.


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    That's a fine looking rifle! The stock refinishing looks well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_S View Post
    That's a fine looking rifle! The stock refinishing looks well done.
    Thank you for the comment. I have found that I really have a fascination with these bolt rifles. Like most of you. I learned marksmanship while in the Marines and later spent some time as a instructor on the rifle range. I tend to want that experience of shooting wood and steel military firearms. I am filling my safe with shooters to use on my rifle range. The more I learn about them, the more I want them.


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    Originally destined to be an 03a3 but due to a shortage of rear sights the rear bridge was milled down to mostly remove the sight base and the rifle was completed as a regular 03. Nice rifle and I’m not sure that’s the wrong stock.

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    Thanks for pointing out the recvr bridge, never seen that done before. Interesting rifle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twh View Post
    Originally destined to be an 03a3 but due to a shortage of rear sights the rear bridge was milled down to mostly remove the sight base and the rifle was completed as a regular 03. Nice rifle and I’m not sure that’s the wrong stock.
    I have one of these "transition" 03's as well. Curious what parts are on it. Is your lower and upper band stamped with an "R"? Mine had a Springfield replacement barrel on it one month behind the serial number of the rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgross View Post
    I have one of these "transition" 03's as well. Curious what parts are on it. Is your lower and upper band stamped with an "R"? Mine had a Springfield replacement barrel on it one month behind the serial number of the rifle.
    Yes "R" stamps are present.

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    If it has a 4/42 RA barrel, the barrel was probably replaced at some point. A more correct barrel would have been in the 11/42 or 12/42 range. The stock is a replacement - the markings are for a later M1903A3.

    Nice looking rifle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick the Librarianicon View Post
    If it has a 4/42 RA barrel, the barrel was probably replaced at some point. A more correct barrel would have been in the 11/42 or 12/42 range. The stock is a replacement - the markings are for a later M1903A3.

    Nice looking rifle!
    The barrel is rollmarked as a 10/42,

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