+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: My Corona...Finally

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    Contributing Member ssgross's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Last On
    Today @ 08:38 AM
    Location
    Virginia Swamp
    Posts
    1,301
    Real Name
    Sam
    Local Date
    02-08-2023
    Local Time
    09:18 AM

    My Corona...Finally

    Some of you know I've been looking a long time for the right Smith Corona to go with the very late production typewriter I restored several years ago (I have since found a late underwood typewriter to go with my carbine )
    I woke up this morning the winner of an early 1943 (first-block). Barreled action and parts appear to be intact as original, but the stock was sporterized, cut back to the lower band rather crudely, inspector stamps sanded off from the side, but proof mark and other marks in front of the magazine are intact. Stock is early pinned style. I am hoping, oh so hoping, the bolt, which has handle in the white and no marking on top of handle, isn't hiding an R under the root.

    In any event, I have an extra NOS USGI field replacement scant stock, stamped with the keystone K and flaming bomb on the nose, to put this rifle in. can't wait to get it up and running!

  2. Thank You to ssgross For This Useful Post:


  3. # ADS
    Friends and Sponsors
    Join Date
    October 2006
    Location
    Milsurps.Com
    Posts
    All Threads
    A Collector's View - The SMLE Short Magazine Lee Enfield 1903-1989. It is 300 8.5x11 inch pages with 1,000+ photo’s, most in color, and each book is serial-numbered.  Covering the SMLE from 1903 to the end of production in India in 1989 it looks at how each model differs and manufacturer differences from a collecting point of view along with the major accessories that could be attached to the rifle. For the record this is not a moneymaker, I hope just to break even, eventually, at $80/book plus shipping.  In the USA shipping is $5.00 for media mail.  I will accept PayPal, Zelle, MO and good old checks (and cash if you want to stop by for a tour!).  CLICK BANNER to send me a PM for International pricing and shipping. Manufacturer of various vintage rifle scopes for the 1903 such as our M73G4 (reproduction of the Weaver 330C) and Malcolm 8X Gen II (Unertl reproduction). Several of our scopes are used in the CMP Vintage Sniper competition on top of 1903 rifles. Brian Dick ... BDL Ltd. - Specializing in British and Commonwealth weapons Chuck in Denver ... Buy-Sell-Trade .. Guns, Cars Motorcycles Your source for the finest in High Power Competition Gear. Here at T-bones Shipwrighting we specialise in vintage service rifle: re-barrelling, bedding, repairs, modifications and accurizing. We also provide importation services for firearms, parts and weapons, for both private or commercial businesses.
     

  4. #2
    Contributing Member Ovidio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Last On
    Today @ 08:27 AM
    Location
    Pordenone, Italy
    Posts
    1,987
    Real Name
    Ovidio Gentiloni
    Local Date
    02-08-2023
    Local Time
    03:18 PM
    When I read the title of your post, I definitely misunderstood…
    Last edited by Ovidio; 10-04-2022 at 09:28 AM. Reason: Typo
    34a cp., btg. Susa, 3° rgt. Alpini

  5. Avoid Ads - Become a Contributing Member - Click HERE
  6. #3
    Contributing Member CINDERS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 10:15 AM
    Location
    Southern Corner Western Australia
    Posts
    7,285
    Real Name
    CINDERS
    Local Date
    02-08-2023
    Local Time
    10:18 PM
    Lets hope he has some lemons Ovidio

  7. #4
    Contributing Member ssgross's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Last On
    Today @ 08:38 AM
    Location
    Virginia Swamp
    Posts
    1,301
    Real Name
    Sam
    Local Date
    02-08-2023
    Local Time
    09:18 AM
    Thread Starter
    Quote Originally Posted by Ovidio View Post
    When I read the title of your pist, I definitely misunderstood…
    That was indeed the point!
    Last edited by ssgross; 10-04-2022 at 09:05 AM.

  8. #5
    Legacy Member oldfoneguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Last On
    Today @ 09:00 AM
    Location
    long island, ny
    Posts
    443
    Real Name
    Bill
    Local Date
    02-08-2023
    Local Time
    09:18 AM
    I had to pass on a late SC this summer. Serial number in the 4770000 range. Badly butchered by bubba...I mean badly. The barrel ID had been ground leaving a series of rough uneven length flats. The park had been removed with sandpaper leaving sanding marks. Blued with some sort of mostly gone cold blue. Bolt polished white mercilessly apparently with the same sandpaper. Polished on a wheel leaving shiny sanding marks behind. A scope mount incorporating the rear sight mount and a skewed front mount. It must have required all the scopes lateral adjustment to shoot straight. Ancient Bushnell 6x scope and equally poorly finished sporter stock. No provision to remove the bolt without taking it out of the stock. All this wonderfulness for only $550 US. Totally unsalvageable and a waste of a good barrel, both rifiling and crown.

  9. #6
    Contributing Member ssgross's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Last On
    Today @ 08:38 AM
    Location
    Virginia Swamp
    Posts
    1,301
    Real Name
    Sam
    Local Date
    02-08-2023
    Local Time
    09:18 AM
    Thread Starter
    What can I say, some of us just have all the luck!
    Just picked it up, and it looks all original as I hoped. There are no "R"s that I can see at the moment - anywhere. The bolt just has a "2" under the root. Cocking piece and sleeve unmarked, and the sleeve has the distinctive scalloped shape unlike the Remingtons. Extractor has an "S" on the underside. Barrel SC/3-43, serial 3649xxx. Stock is cut back, but is the early pinned straight grip, cartouche is gone, but underside markings are still there - correct 1/2" P. The lower band spring recess was rounded, but carefully filled in with a sliver of wood. No visible R's on the rear sight either. Buttplate wide checker. Pictures forthcoming. The complete original bolt alone is worth more than I paid for the rifle!

  10. The Following 4 Members Say Thank You to ssgross For This Useful Post:


  11. #7
    Contributing Member ssgross's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Last On
    Today @ 08:38 AM
    Location
    Virginia Swamp
    Posts
    1,301
    Real Name
    Sam
    Local Date
    02-08-2023
    Local Time
    09:18 AM
    Thread Starter
    Here we go!

    The stacking band and swivel was "shaped" to make a new sling swivel. I was thinking of shaping it back out and re-using it, but Bubba ruined it with a new large screw.

    Stock was surprisingly very tight around the action and magazine. There was only a little bedding compound used under the barrel at the forend, nowhere else. Inside the stock is marked G and E.


    Barrel is 4 groove, 3-43, and bore appears in really good shape looking through it. Hopefully the bore camera will show the same.


    Bolt was packed with cosmolineicon inside.


    Receiver didn't have hardly any markings around it. All my Remingtons have massive numbers of various light stamps under and around the recoil lug. In contrast, the finish on this was a bit rough, and only marks were on the side of the lug.

  12. The Following 3 Members Say Thank You to ssgross For This Useful Post:


  13. #8
    Contributing Member Ovidio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Last On
    Today @ 08:27 AM
    Location
    Pordenone, Italy
    Posts
    1,987
    Real Name
    Ovidio Gentiloni
    Local Date
    02-08-2023
    Local Time
    03:18 PM
    Neat. Now bring her back to her real looks;-D
    34a cp., btg. Susa, 3° rgt. Alpini

  14. #9
    Legacy Member mark1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    02-04-2023 @ 08:22 PM
    Location
    Heading for Florida
    Posts
    348
    Local Date
    02-08-2023
    Local Time
    09:18 AM
    Look good, They used the stacking swivel and band for the lower band. You may need to find an new band as the screw that is there may have ruined the original threads. But all in all not a difficult restoration ahead of you.

  15. Thank You to mark1 For This Useful Post:


  16. #10
    Contributing Member ssgross's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Last On
    Today @ 08:38 AM
    Location
    Virginia Swamp
    Posts
    1,301
    Real Name
    Sam
    Local Date
    02-08-2023
    Local Time
    09:18 AM
    Thread Starter
    I degreased the barreled action, and the color went from dull brown/orange from all the dried grease (likely cosmolineicon as was found inside the bolt) to rich deep charcoal.
    Then, a dozen passes with a bronze brush and some Hoppes just to get an idea of what the condition the bore is in. This liquified more dried grease in the bore. But, as you can see I was pleasantly surprised!

    Pics are of the chamber, throat, 1st third, middle third, last 3rd, and crown


    Moreover, there is no wear at the muzzle either - or if there is it's less than 5 ten thous. as that's the resolution of my pin gauges. Looks like this rifle was bought as new or nearly new surplus, sporterized, fired just enough to foul the minty new bore with copper, cleaned, greased and forgotten about. Notice the tip of the striker has zero wear, and still has 100% of it's bluing intact.

    Time to get the copper out and lightly polish the chamber, check headspace and/or carefully lap the lugs if needed. Then on to the stock fitting.
    Last edited by ssgross; 10-15-2022 at 07:07 PM.

  17. Thank You to ssgross For This Useful Post:


+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. New here need help with Smith Corona please
    By weum817 in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 08-25-2017, 05:58 PM
  2. Smith Corona
    By ei276b in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-28-2016, 05:21 PM
  3. Finally, Finally, Got That Remmie Mosin Nagant
    By gandog56 in forum Soviet Bloc Rifles
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-03-2015, 04:06 PM
  4. Smith Corona
    By jim222 in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 01-02-2015, 12:29 AM
  5. 03-A3 Smith-Corona.................
    By Bob - The Beagle Master in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 07-08-2009, 02:49 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts