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Old March 9th, 2017, 05:37 AM   #16
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The 4 million serial on that Remington 03A3 receiver dates it to Sept-Oct of 1943, the barrel is a SA dated 3-42, which makes them from 2 different manufacturer's and 18 months apart.

It would be interesting to know if the bolt serial matches, but, by the looks of the pics that rifle is either a mix master or got another receiver. I would pass on this one and look for a correct 03A3...
And where did you find this information? I assume on the Gun broker site??? Good information.
Obviously a put together rifle. I would pay $500-600 for it, and install a 03-A3 rear sight and 03-A3 barrel. That is assuming the dovetail is there for the rear sight. The '03 barrel you could easily sell.

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And where did you find this information? I assume on the Gun broker site??? Good information.
Obviously a put together rifle. I would pay $500-600 for it, and install a 03-A3 rear sight and 03-A3 barrel. That is assuming the dovetail is there for the rear sight. The '03 barrel you could easily sell.
Defiantly a put together rifle. Receiver is a Aug/Sept 1943. Way to late to find all milled barrel bands, that have been reparked, milled floor plate, and a 1903 barrel and sight to try and put together a rifle. Also, all SA barrels marked '42' were replacement barrels. Add to that that it has a scant stock without cartouches. Only 1903A4s left factory with scant stocks all other scant stocks were replacements. Transition rifles were all Remington 1903s not 1903A3s.

$500-600 depending on how the barrel gauges would be tops. Trying to transform it back into a correct 1903A3 would cost more than to going out and finding a correct one in good condition, even with selling off the incorrect parts.

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When I referenced a stamped 03A3, I wasn't referring to the parts but to the markings on the receiver stating 03A3, but it looks like the consensus is that its a frankenrifle.

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As others stated it is simply a civilian parts rifles. No A3's were produced with the M1903 style barrel. Late Remington M1903's did have some stamped parts but no A3's were shipped with milled parts (referring to the bands, buttplates, trigger guards, etc..).

Military rebuilds of A3s COULD have milled parts mixed in. The military rebuild would NOT put a M1903 barrel on an A3 as that would constitute a design change that would not be consistent with the A3 designation.

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I believe it was mid summer of 1942 that Remington was authorized to use stamped metal parts to speed up production, so many later production '03's had stamped parts, and these rifles were unofficially called '03 modified".
I have seen a couple of late production '03's that had the rear sight dovetail for the '03 during the transition period to the 03-A3, but they were marked 1903, not 03-A3.
^^^^ This.. I have owned 2 of them. Think I sold 1. Uses the 03 barrel and rear sight. I don't think either had the dovetail for the A3 rear sight. Both rifles had milled and stamped parts. If I get a chance and can get to the safe, I'll pull out the one I still have.

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Defiantly a put together rifle. Receiver is a Aug/Sept 1943. Way to late to find all milled barrel bands, that have been reparked, milled floor plate, and a 1903 barrel and sight to try and put together a rifle. Also, all SA barrels marked '42' were replacement barrels. Add to that that it has a scant stock without cartouches. Only 1903A4s left factory with scant stocks all other scant stocks were replacements. Transition rifles were all Remington 1903s not 1903A3s.

$500-600 depending on how the barrel gauges would be tops. Trying to transform it back into a correct 1903A3 would cost more than to going out and finding a correct one in good condition, even with selling off the incorrect parts.
And assuming the receiver is not a recovered drill rifle !!!
I'm thinking I would not pay more than $500 for it, because by the time you pay shipping and my dealer's transfer fee, I'm almost up to $600, and then the gunsmith cost to replace the barrel and get the correct stamped parts for an 03-A3, you are into the price range of what decent 03-A3's sell for.

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Looking at that rifle, seems to me it's more correct being a 1903 if one can come up with an SA receiver, rather than trying to make all the parts match the 03A3 receiver.

Thing is, Sarco Inc will build you an 03A3 rifle using mostly brand new USGI parts for $600 when they have them in stock. So, kinda makes this mismatched rifle a charity case and hardly worth dealing with...

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