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Old January 1st, 2017, 10:16 AM   #1
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Well I bit the bullet and got myself a nice Rock Island 1903. I want to compete in the CMP Vintage Sniper Matches. The Wm. Malcolm 8x USMC scope from Leatherwood was used to top the rifle. Now on to the rest of the story as we have all heard over time.

1) Rifle is a Rock Island 1903 Springfield that was a rebuild. The serial number range is in the good to go column and it has a springfield 28 barrel with very little throat and crown erosion. it also had a good "c" stock on it. I chose to use Chuck in Denver, (Warpath Vintage) for the work done.

2) Chuck, is a top notch guy who worked with me on all the work performed. I want everyone on this Forum to know that he comes with my highest recommendation, His work and turn around time are the best!!!! He is a great asset to us!!!!

3) Wm. Malcolm 8x USMC from Leatherwood Scope. Now for the sad parts. I do want to be fair here and give credit when its do.

a) The scope arrived in a condition that I was not pleased with. The scope tube had long scratches on the tube like it had been used. It also looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers to the eye relief lock and totally screwed it up.... Sent pictures to them and shipped it back for another one. Now for the good part, they were great in working with me on the return and time frame.

4) To the range to get her on paper. Loaded some SMK 168's with IMR-4895. I used some old berdan stuff I had to get on paper at 100 yrds, then moved out to 300.. She started out pretty good for the first 15-20 shots, then she went to hell in a hand basket. After further inspection I found the rear mounting screw was loose. Tried to re-tighten but found that that it would not move, so back home for further inspection. I had read on this forum that these scopes have a problem with cheep mounting screws, and so be it. The rear screw was bent. Wow never seen this before.
Spoke to John at Leatherwood and two new screws and lock knobs are on the way. I've decided to get some better screws, and not have this problem again. I hope to get out to the range next week and see if I can work the bugs out of the scope.. and provide some targets.

Over all I'm pleased with the look of the rifle and scope, I just need to work out the bugs, I'm posting this for those to see what you may deal with when building from the ground up!!

Happy New Year to All !!!
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Old January 1st, 2017, 10:25 AM   #2
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Nice looking rifle. Good call enlisting Chuck for his help. He's a stand up guy. Keep us posted on the next visit to the range.

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Old January 1st, 2017, 10:30 AM   #3
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Old January 1st, 2017, 11:33 AM   #4
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Yowza...that's pretty!

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Old January 23rd, 2017, 06:18 AM   #5
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I've decided to get some better screws, and not have this problem again.
Probably a good ideal. I had the original screws in mine when it was built in 2012, and had no issues, but my buddy offered to help me install some properly hardened screws in 2016, and one of the original screws did break off when we went to remove it. Other than that, my 1903A1 replica has served me well at the CMP vintage sniper matches.



..hope you enjoy your's as much I have enjoyed mine.

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Old January 23rd, 2017, 06:29 AM   #6
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Old January 23rd, 2017, 07:37 AM   #7
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Old January 23rd, 2017, 11:24 AM   #8
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Nice looking '03

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Old January 23rd, 2017, 11:25 AM   #9
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Beautiful rifle.

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Old January 23rd, 2017, 12:14 PM   #10
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Have an '03, Remington mfg. '42, and fitted one of my Unertl scopes on it and unfortunately it is a 16X so does not qualify for Vintage Sniper Rifle. However, the rifle is in mint condition and accuracy is outstanding with good loads. Metal on the rifle required no work at all other than the drilling and tapping of the scope bases for the Unertl, but did replace the original stock with C style from Boyds. Initially set up shot fine, but searched for the various steps taken back in the day to improve the bedding(no actual bedding compound used) by removing certain rub spots and it did make an improvement in accuracy. I hold high regard for this rifle/scope set up and even more than my LRB M14SA. They are an American Classic in all regards. Great rifle you have.

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Old January 23rd, 2017, 01:45 PM   #11
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Chuck at Warpath Vintage has done several jobs for me and I have been extremely pleased with all of them!

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Old January 23rd, 2017, 01:47 PM   #12
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Old January 25th, 2017, 09:44 AM   #13
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Great looking rifle. A little surprised to hear about the screws as I know Chuck is aware of the history with the soft fasteners. However, it is entirely possible the event the upgraded ones could have an issue too.

Looking forward to the updated range report (with pics).

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Great looking rifle. A little surprised to hear about the screws as I know Chuck is aware of the history with the soft fasteners. However, it is entirely possible the event the upgraded ones could have an issue too.

Looking forward to the updated range report (with pics).
Allen, the mounts that I sent Chuck were a set from Buffalo Arms, I chose a little higher set, this allowed me to not have the bolt handle reworked to clear the scope. Those did not work free, the ones that gave the problem were the ones that come with the scope that are used to tighten the scope to the posa style mounts, they bent!!!!!

I did get to the range last week with some good 175 smk's to work with, but the weather was not good and I couldn't see the 3" orange dot at three yards. Called it quits after 5 shots, holding around a 4" group. Going this weekend to retry this. I will post results.

I'm just a little concerned about the barrel tension at the bayonet lug, cant' seem to get that 8-10 lb. pull. I really need some good pictures to show me where to work on the stock for that type of work!!!

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