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HELP! Need to identify a U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1903 Expert! Rifle 30-06?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by tat2clan, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. tat2clan

    tat2clan Portland, Oregon New Member

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    I got a U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1903 bolt action rifle Serial Number 1284830. It is what I think is "sporterized" with walnut stock w/cheekpiece, with ebony forend and finger grooves in the stock with "Bishop" on the butt plate, Redfield Rear peep sight and Lyman Front Sight. Two sets of three dots are punched into the steel barrel and and there is a cut "slash" also cut into the barrel just in front of the receiver by the serial number. Any ideas on value? Age-1927? Who might have done this?

    BTW no caliber marking but may be 30-06?



  2. speeddemon94

    speeddemon94 The Rogue Well-Known Member

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    The year of manufacture for serial number 1284830 is 1927.

    All rifles recalled and rechambered for .30 caliber in 1906.

    Improved heat treatment started at 800,000.

    Introduction of nickel steel started at 1275767.

    Model 1903A1 rifles were made after 1929 with a full pistol grip type C stock, but were otherwise the same as earlier Model 1903 Rifles and marked Model 1903.

    About 25,000 National Match rifles were scattered throughout production from about 1920 to 1940, and many can be documented by serial number to their original purchaser by payment of a fee to Springfield Research Service, Silver Spring MD.

    Now, if you remove the action from the stock, often times the gunsmith will have stamped his initials and date somewhere on the action or stock.

    I would definitely have a chamber casting done if there are any questions about caliber.
  3. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Nickle Steel was being used for bolts as early as 1916-17 by RIA.

    The OP's rifle looks like a typical sporter from the 50's and 60's. Most likely in 30-06. Value? I've seen them sell from $200 to $400.
  4. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    Yet another case of someone messing with a real beauty of a rifle and turning it into a pigs ears.
    still a great shooter
  5. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    $200.00 all day long.

    Best thing you could is not, not, not, not drill and tap it for a scope mount. There is a chance of redemption for this rifle.

  6. fry

    fry pacific north west Active Member

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    the receiver has already been drilled for a receiver sight and the barrel chopped.
    no redeption without a new barrel, C stock, lyman 48S long slide and 17A.