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Very Nice Rock Island Arsenal 1903 -SOLD

Discussion in 'Rifle Classifieds' started by rocketmann2001, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. rocketmann2001

    rocketmann2001 Battle Ground Member

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    Sold
     
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  2. rocketmann2001

    rocketmann2001 Battle Ground Member

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    Weekly Bump. Beautiful rifle. I believe $799 is a fair price. I keep finding ones in horrible shap on Gun Broker for much much more!
     
  3. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    After a week, nobody has bought this yet? $800 is a reasonably price these days, and judging from the pics this one looks to be in particularly nice shape.

    Keith
     
  4. rocketmann2001

    rocketmann2001 Battle Ground Member

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    Thanks Keith! Compared to other ones I have seen, mine seems to be in the best shape so far. There is no pitting in the receiver, bolt. The wood is in excellent shape. The trigger grooves show almost no wear. I've taken the best care that I can of the rifle. Especially for being over 103 years old! Just need to get a tractor here soon before the snow falls. Anyone want to make an offer?? :) Thanks again
     
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    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    I'm not an '03 collector or I'd be all over this (plus I'm getting a Mosin sniper in December). I have an '03 Mk1 and at this time that's probably enough (too much rifle appetite with too little money to satisfy it).

    Taking the leap that the name 'Rocketmann' might show an interest in astronomy, would you like to trade for a 12" dobsonian telescope with Swayze-figured mirror? I know its not a tractor, but...:eek:



    Keith
     
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    rocketmann2001 Battle Ground Member

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    Thanks! but no thanks keith. Rocketman was an old call sign I used to go by. Had it forever. I'm looking for a tractor if someones got one with a loader? That'd be nice. LOL. My quad just doesnt plow 4 feet of snow well. :) Wouldn't hurt to offer any trades, or just plain cash-ola. 799 is a good price for a 103 year old 30-06.
     
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    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I'd have to agree that based on the photographs and description, $800 is a fine price for the old warhorse.

    Keith
     
  8. rocketmann2001

    rocketmann2001 Battle Ground Member

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    Weekly Bump.................... Any offers???
     
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    Margana Portland, Oregon Member

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    I have 2 1903s....The issue is with low SN 1903s....These were not properly heat treated and may Kaboom if fired. ODCMP.com states low sn 1903s should not be fired. The Rock Islands are considered low SN if below 286XXX or so...So if buying this it should just be displayed and not fired.....So....for $799 that's a lot for a gun that should not be fired.....

    I recently paid nearly $1000 for an A3 1903 (that's the one with the peep) as trhe barrel and stocks looked excellent....and had a high SN so can be safely shot.....

     
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    It is suggested that you do not fire them, but..... Out of the 285,506 Rock Island Arsenal rifles produced that are said to not be safe to fire, only 7.7/100,000 failed, and there were no recorded receiver failures of rifles manufactured for five of those 11 years (1905-6, 1913-14, and 1917) and mine was manufactured in 1906. Most of the failures occurred because of bad ammunition. I've personally shot this rifle and feel 100% safe with it. This rifle should not be a wall hanger. If this one fails you should probably go and get a lottery ticket cause you probably the next winner. :) :)

    Source for more information: http://m1903.com/03rcvrfail/
     
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    Margana Portland, Oregon Member

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    Thanks, Rocketman-I didn't know the failure rate was that low.

    I am sure the CMP is trying to distance themselves re: liability-I think the risk of being murdered in an urban center in the USA is 1 in 20,000 or so (and about the same getting killed in an MVA) so odds are, it is far more dangerous driving to the range than shooting this it seems-especially as a burst receiver is likely to hurt rather than kill- (when you visit the ODCMP.com they just say "CMP DOES NOT RECOMMEND FIRING ANY SPRINGFIELD RIFLE WITH A ”LOW NUMBER” RECEIVER. Such rifles should be regarded as collector’s items, not “shooters”."

     
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    Thank you Margana! Due to shortage of funds I have dropped the price dramatically. Will take $500 cash. Thank you all
     
  13. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Stupid questions...

    If this rifle was rebarrelled in August of '44 doesn't this mean that the rifle was shot successfully enough (without catastrophic failure) to warrant a new barrel?

    Didn't rearsenalling also involve a proper re-annealing of the receiver? I though I read that somewhere.

    $500...yikes :eek:

    Keith
     
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    rocketmann2001 Battle Ground Member

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    1. I would believe that you are correct on the barrell.

    2. I cannot find anything that says that they would of annealed the receiver. Not sure if they would of or not. Still a great 103 year old war horse for $500 cash. I'll meet anyone in the portland metro area if they want to put an offer on it.

    Cabella's has one now for $999 in Lacey: http://www.cabelas.com/gun-inventory---lacey---military-arms---1014893-rockis1903-lac.shtml - Very similar to mine
     
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    pattonclan Tillamook Oregon Active Member

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    wow just spent my last 10 bills on 2 1911 springfields, maby next week if u still got it i may have some more duckets
     
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    Official Weekly bump + 1 day. Anyone interested? $500 takes her home. Great gun
     
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