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Old January 11th, 2019, 10:17 PM #11
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Williams published a book "How To Convert Military Rifles" which included the 1903 Springfields my copy is dated 1969. It mentions Springfield prices at the time.
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The prices of the Springfields will, of course, depend on the condition and model of the rifle. Generally speaking, the low serial numbers sell for about $29.95; high serial numbers $39.95; and those with "C" type stocks at about $42.95.
They then discuss various sight options, Trigger Guard and Floor Plate, Triggers, Safeties, Bolt Alterations, Scopes & Scope Mounts, Stocking The Springfield, Straps- Swivels, and Metal Refinishing.
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Old January 11th, 2019, 10:36 PM #12
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Worst is when the receiver tang has been modified/enlarged to accommodate an aftermarket trigger.

The other thing is if the rear sight collar has been removed, sometimes they're hard to refit so they don't shift.

Sounds like a nice rifle as is, be nice to see it.
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Don't think I will try to un-bubba this Springfield.
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Damn fine looking rifle.
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There ya go! Perfect example of a no brainer decision.
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The pics have arrived. I was starting to think it looked ok, then Mawkie had to had to play show and tell! They are in an album since I can't seem to get links.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/8HTKsDtQyKxhw8EV8

Also, I meant to post up pics of my other '03 but haven't, so here they are as well. This one came to me from my father via his late friend. I know it's a low #
receiver but I'm going to shoot it. Any info you can provide would be appreciated.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/QMBhE1NYHZPAPmcP7
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The pics have arrived. I was starting to think it looked ok, then Mawkie had to had to play show and tell! They are in an album since I can't seem to get links.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/8HTKsDtQyKxhw8EV8

Also, I meant to post up pics of my other '03 but haven't, so here they are as well. This one came to me from my father via his late friend. I know it's a low #
receiver but I'm going to shoot it. Any info you can provide would be appreciated.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/QMBhE1NYHZPAPmcP7
me thinks you have one to many. sell me the sporter and I'll bring it back around
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I would look upon this one as a prime candidate for classy sporterization. Replace the funky stock (I don't see how else to rid it of the weird shaped pistol grip), replace the Williams sight with a Lyman 48, and a fresh rust blue finish- and Voila, a classic Springfield sporter in the pre-war style.

If it has a Merit Adjustable Iris aperture in the sight, don't lose it. They are getting expensive, and they work beautifully.

As stated above, since it's already d/t'ed there's no point in trying for originality. What's done is done.

While not as bad as it could be, Bubba certainly had his hands on this one.
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The pics have arrived. I was starting to think it looked ok, then Mawkie had to had to play show and tell! They are in an album since I can't seem to get links.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/8HTKsDtQyKxhw8EV8

Also, I meant to post up pics of my other '03 but haven't, so here they are as well. This one came to me from my father via his late friend. I know it's a low #
receiver but I'm going to shoot it. Any info you can provide would be appreciated.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/QMBhE1NYHZPAPmcP7
The low number looks to be a put together with a 03A3 stock. I would rule out a rebuild in 31 because the rear sight collar and FS band doesn't look like armory work.
Rear sight is a WWII replacement but done with what looks like a dished binding knob, cant tell a whole lot about the bolt because it's blurry in pictures, could be a 03 bolt, It does look like to have a 03/A1 striker due to the streamlined shape forward of the knob.
Better pictures would help, deciding to shoot is up to you.

Between the two rifles you could put together a decent shooter. Selling the checkered butt-plate which could be off a M2 and milled bottom metal from one or the other would buy you the additional parts. A nice back sight is already done for you on the Remington and a sight collar is already there on the L/N.
That leaves you with a L/N barreled receiver and a sported stock + a bunch of bits without the need to consider ammo or PPE problems for shooting, or at the very least trade/ sale fodder for other interests.
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me thinks you have one to many. sell me the sporter and I'll bring it back around
You sound like a fella with a bucket of spare parts.

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I would look upon this one as a prime candidate for classy sporterization. Replace the funky stock (I don't see how else to rid it of the weird shaped pistol grip)
The stock is a little odd but I will tell you the trigger finger falls perfectly in that indentation. Who makes stocks for these?


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If it has a Merit Adjustable Iris aperture in the sight, don't lose it. They are getting expensive, and they work beautifully.
It does, first time I've ever seen one, that is a slick piece of gear. Would a Lyman 48 mount in the same hole as the Williams?



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The low number looks to be a put together with a 03A3 stock. I would rule out a rebuild in 31 because the rear sight collar and FS band doesn't look like armory work.
Rear sight is a WWII replacement but done with what looks like a dished binding knob, cant tell a whole lot about the bolt because it's blurry in pictures, could be a 03 bolt, It does look like to have a 03/A1 striker due to the streamlined shape forward of the knob.
Better pictures would help, deciding to shoot is up to you.

Between the two rifles you could put together a decent shooter. Selling the checkered butt-plate which could be off a M2 and milled bottom metal from one or the other would buy you the additional parts. A nice back sight is already done for you on the Remington and a sight collar is already there on the L/N.
That leaves you with a L/N barreled receiver and a sported stock + a bunch of bits without the need to consider ammo or PPE problems for shooting, or at the very least trade/ sale fodder for other interests.
I will take more pics of the bolt and sight.
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