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Old March 31st, 2013, 08:56 AM   #16
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Hopefully he got back from the war to spend his life with Betty.

Ruger No 1:
Those conversions are really well done and the wood is beautiful.

Blackhawk fan:
Thank you for sharing that piece of history and excellent research. Have you ever fired it?



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Old March 31st, 2013, 09:24 AM   #17
 
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Hopefully he got back from the war to spend his life with Betty.

Ruger No 1:
Those conversions are really well done and the wood is beautiful.

Blackhawk fan:
Thank you for sharing that piece of history and excellent research. Have you ever fired it?
I hunted deer and elk with it until I acquired a sporterized RIA 1903 and fitted it with a scope. I traded that rifle for my Three Screw .44 Mag Flattop Blackhawk after my wife gave me a new Ruger M77R "Tang Safety" in 30-06 for Father's Day back in the 1980s.
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I have one of those old '03 Springfields I picked up from a friend of mine back in the late 80's. It has a 530XXX serial number which puts it at around 1911 vintage...pre WW1. All I know about it is that it belonged to my friend's dad who got it passed down from his dad who served in WW1. My buddy couldn't take possession of it when his dad passed away because of legal problems, so his mom sold it to me. I never fired it because of concerns about the receiver hardening process on some of the early '03 Springfields. The rifle is in really nice shape so I don't want to take the chance of wrecking it...and my face along with it.
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If the rifle is 100% original, get the headspace checked. If okay, it is safe with any "regular" factory load. There is NO record of any 100% original 03 low number rifle with correct headspace "blowing up" with modern standard ammo. The "low number myth" was started by Hatcher in his book and apparently nobody ever went thru the actual records to see the causes. (I have). The NRA perpetuates the myth as Hatcher was an "NRA God" and no one questions God.

One gun writer says it and every other one parrots it without ever checking the facts.

Falls in the same bucket with radius shoulders, short magnums and all the other BS being peddled today. (" The economy is improving")
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I'll have to take some more pics on my 1903. Ser # is 955XXX. At one point I think I looked it up as being built in 1918 or so.



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BLACKHAWK... as always... nice rifle... wish I had one like it for my milsurp rack...

I have ( 2 ) 60's - 70's sporterized rifles... one in 25-06 with a dark tiger stripe walnut stock, that is very well done, & one in 30-06 with a beautiful ( but not as well fit as the tiger stripe ) light bird's eye maple stock...

unfortunately I don't have an original for my milsurp rack... if I could get past the awesome wood of the bird's eye maple ( the fact that it's not as well done is the only reason I'd contemplate it ) I'd remove the stock, & put that one back to original... if I remember right, the receiver hasn't been drilled & tapped, as it had a Unertl scope on it... if I remember right, I think the mount blocks were all on the barrel... ooops... after digging up the picture, looks like the front of the receiver is tapped

might have to pull that one out again soon ???

are the stocks & hardware still pretty available ???

I've removed the scope for another project, but this is what it looked like...


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That stock is no longer available as Herter's has been gone for about 20 years.
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RUGER... were you referring to mine, or the gun above ???
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I picked up my 1903 in 1972 $55 at K-Mart first gun I ever bought. Still have it.
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RUGER... were you referring to mine, or the gun above ???

The gun above. A classic Herter's rollover cheekpiece and the optional 45 degree bakalite fore end tip. Herter's has some very nice wood back in the day, including high grade Maple.
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These are mine I inherited them from my great uncle who I am told was a range officer and shot competitively for the Marine Corps. These are early numbers within the first 800,000and dated 1911 and 1917 IIRC.
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+10 anyone who wants an 03 sporter can find many "sporterized" in the 50s and 60s that have excellent barreled actions, often ready for just a new high quality stock.

What "can" be done:

R.F. SedgleyDeluxe models from the 30s in 6.5x55 (Natl. Match action) and 22-06:

That's one of my dreams projects, to get a 1903 or 03-a3 and sporterize it.
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These are mine I inherited them from my great uncle who I am told was a range officer and shot competitively for the Marine Corps. These are early numbers within the first 800,000and dated 1911 and 1917 IIRC.
Wow! Not to take away from your Springfield's, but that Mameluke sword is outstanding. Could you date it? And, Thank You for posting.
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Marine officers saber

Sorry it took so long to reply that is a model 1875 Marine officers saber as near as I can tell it is from the early to mid 1920s the same model is used today but this one has real ivory bolsters. Here are some close ups
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We are blessed here in the small town in N.W. Ga. With a gun dealer that has specialized in and personly collects U. S. Military rifles for 35 years . He.has tables at all the large Ga. and Ala. shows. I got my WWl 03 Springfield which is actually a Springfield and WWll M-1 Carbine from him years ago. He mostly sells M-1Garands and parts now.
We also have CMP Armory store with great surplus guns and ammo only 40 miles from here. I don't know how prices are in other parts of the country but I had a very nice WW1 03 Sprigfield but built by Remington that I used to shoot at the range regularly for $675.00.
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