Low Serial number Rock Island M1903

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  1. ignatius

    ignatius New Member

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    I ran into a M1903 (30.06 of course!) that my dad bought years ago. It is one of the "low serial number" guns made before ww2 that has had some receiver failures. I don't know if it is safe to shoot or what the value would if we sold it, happy to answer any questions. The s/n is 243xxx and the rifle is in average to good condition for a 100 yr old mil surp. I can get pics if needed. Rock Island manufacturer.
     
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  2. ERE99

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    $500-550 based on the stigma attached to them. Here's a good read on them . http://m1903.com/03rcvrfail/
    Interesting to note that the Marines used them thru WWII, and there hasn't been a failure since WWII. A lot of research points more to ammo than the heat treat of the receivers
     
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    ronn47 Where's the Scotch? Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    I've seen low number guns converted to 22LR.
    I assume they used M22 parts and a new 22LR barrel or lined the existing barrel.
     
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    Can't give current value but Remington then later in 1941 used Rock Islands machinery to restart the 1903 manufacture for WW2. I had for decades a Dec 41' made Remington 1903A1. Superb guns!

    CD
     
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    What ERE99 said.

    What is the barrel date? Low number guns that are all correct can bring a substantial premium to collectors. Those guns are the exception, not the rule, though.
     
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    ignatius New Member

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    CUbrock: the Barrel date is 06-39 with the flaming bomb ordnance stamp. Thanks guys
     
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    cubrock Swell guy Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    WWII-era rebarrel, then. Quite common on the low number guns. $500-550ish, as @ERE99 said.
     
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    VA_GENTLEMAN Gone Galt Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I think American Rifleman issue last year has a good article on the 1903's... Next time I am in the Master Bath, I will look through my reading stack.....
     

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