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Old February 4th, 2013, 11:34 AM   #1
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1903 Stock and bedding: Who?

I am looking to get the most accuracy out of my 1903A3.

I was thinking of picking up a CMP stock and was hoping someone could point me in the way of someone who is savvy on '03 accuracy and who can properly bed the rifle. I understand bedding the '03 is a little more work as the for-end and the barrel have some kind of special need.

Any help on who to send it do much appreciated!!

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Old February 4th, 2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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If yours has the bolts across the stock fore and aft of the reciever. then the reciever should already be snug.

The original 1903 or 03A3 Springfield match rifles had a lightened trigger and a semi pistol grip stock and that was the only thing that made them different from "issue" rifles.

You really don't want to start hogging out wood from a Springfield stock to bed as there is not much wood there to begin with. in the reciever area.

The above said maybe look up "James River Armory" or "Fulton Armory" they should be able to get you squared away for competition as far as a Springfield 1903 type rifle is concerned.

The "Special thing" in the barrel area is probably "Floating the barrel" this is just a process of making sure the barrel is not in contact with the forestock so the barrel harmonics can do their thing without the stock interfering.

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Old February 4th, 2013, 12:59 PM   #3
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CHeck with Gus Fisher; seems like he works on 1903s.

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Old February 4th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #4
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All of my M1903a3s require no bedding. Perhaps only a stock fit is required. Mine are all one holers or shoot MOA clover leafs. The sight adjustment is the limitation. The elevation adjustments are not precise and so one really needs a scoped version to eliminate the need for KY windage.

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Old February 4th, 2013, 01:32 PM   #5
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try this link

http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=573509

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Old February 4th, 2013, 02:45 PM   #6
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I'm by no means savy on bedding. I had considered sending it to Deans for a custom fit stock. Would that about do it?

Without doing trigger work or spending a bunch of money, I want this rifle to shoot the best it can.

I would be happy with clover-leafs. Even using FGMM this rifle shoots 1-1.5MOA. I want better.

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i did do this my self following this link. It is fairly easy.

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Old February 4th, 2013, 06:14 PM   #9
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The above link to Surplusrifleforum is about the only info you will find on improving the accuracy of the 03. I spent countless hours trying to find more info and really didn't find anything more informative. As buckshot85 say's, it's fairly easy to follow and depends on careful adjustment of the handguard and upwards barrel pressure at the front of the stock.

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The original 1903 or 03A3 Springfield match rifles had a lightened trigger and a semi pistol grip stock and that was the only thing that made them different from "issue" rifles.
NM 03 Springfield came with straight stocks as there standard stock, a shooter could request or send in there rifle and upgrade to a "C" stock I think this came about in 1928 or so, NM 03 Springfields also had STAR guaged barrels that were vastly smoother/straighter than barrels from the service rifle line, They may have looked like standard service rifles but in a skilled shooters hand there magic!!

The 03a3 NM rifle wasn't very NM at all, basicly it was a standard 03a3 with a Olympic rear sight on the left side of the reciever, and the crain covered the stripper clip slot. How could a shooter reload for the rapid fire stages if the clip slot was covered? The DCM's hart was in the right place but they didn't spend to much time thinking about that one. Stocks were both straight and replacement "C" stocks made by Keystone.

Here is a pic of my 03a1 Springfield in its prewar C stock, sorry about the pic quality.
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I would contact ChuckinDenver, or Chuck Moline.

Better prices than DGR. This one is a DCM rifle, haven't shot it yet though...




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Old February 4th, 2013, 09:41 PM   #12
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Hey Phil, speaking of the 1903a3 Match!!!

Look what popped up @ the CMP Auction....a Smith Corona DCM 1903a3 NM.

http://cmpauction.odcmp.com/detail.a...-Rifle-4790712






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Old February 4th, 2013, 11:06 PM   #13
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Ahh... I don't want too give the impression that I'm anti 03a3. I just like the 03 better, slip on some USMC sights so that you can see what your aimming at and your in like flynn.


And yes that looks like a nice rifle, But I would still love too own a 1.5mil NM SA 03a1. I don't have the bucks so my 1.47 SA 03a1 with its 10-44 Sa barrel will have too do.

I lived in Tucson for 26years before I moved to Oregon and I found a few gems in Az, I know your also in Az but your sir seem too find alot more than I ever did so your finding them in places I don't know about or you have a way, way, back machine. Congrats your rifle looks very nice I hope it shoots well, mine does.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 05:07 AM   #14
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The surplus rifle forum link is all you need to accurize a springfield.
If you don't feel confident then check with Chuck in Denver;

Warpath Vintage, LLC
Phone 720-841-1399
Email: molinenorski@msn.com

If it is shooting an honest 1-1.5moa groups now with FGGM then it is very likely to be shooting as well as it can. Handloads would help more than further accurizing. FGGM is better than most off the shelf but still not as good a tailored handloads.

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Old February 5th, 2013, 06:20 AM   #15
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This is a "stock" 03 (Low Number w/44 dated HS barrel) off a rest and rear bag at 100 yards with open sights. Some shoot worse of course, but I am pretty happy with this one. Just tweaking what's there will (usually) yield a very reasonable result.


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