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Old January 10th, 2019, 10:56 PM #1
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To un-bubba or not to un-bubba? '03 Remingtion

I recently acquired a Remington '03 Ser. #3027xxx that has been sporterized. It has an 8-44 barrel with a very nice looking bore. Also has a Williams sight mounted to the rear of the receiver which has a really cool adjustable peep like a camera lens.

Should I leave it as is or is it worth the time and money to un-bubba the old girl and make her look right? And if so what is the correct stock for this rifle?
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Old January 10th, 2019, 11:27 PM #2
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Picture of it’s current configuration?
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Old January 11th, 2019, 01:05 AM #3
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Agreed. Gotta see pictures.
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Depends on how bubba'd. Ive brought a few back but once the receiver is drilled its done. Barrels easiest is just bands and stock cut away, if its been resighted or shortened its a new barrel.

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We sometimes overuse the term "Bubba." Not all conversions and sporterizations are Bubba jobs, and some are collectible in their own right. You might have something special.

Or it might be something Bubba trashed with a dull dremel while in a drunken fog one St. Patrick's Day...

Pictures, lad! We need pictures!
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I will get some pics. It has a monte carlo style stock with a steel but plate and an 06 case head embedded in the pistol grip.
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What Threeband said first . Good quality, period correct mid century Sporters are a legit catagory in themselves .
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If it's done well I would leave it alone. The cost and effort to convert it back to military (parts, parkerizing, labor) is probably more than its resale value. Plus removing the Williams sight will leave the threaded holes will be a tip off it's been modified and reduce its value. If it looks good and is done correctly, probably makes for a great hunting rifle. Hope to see pics.
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Figure on spending about $250 for a stock/HG set. Then another $125 for milled bands and band hardware (I'm assuming a Remington 1903, not a 1903A3). So you'd have around $400 in total with shipping. If you paid $300 or less for the sporter it's a project that will allow you to get all your money back down the road.
I have to admit seeing some examples of vintage sporters that were beautifully done and would hesitate to change it. But if it's a hack job and all the damage is confined to the furniture then I'd give serious consideration to restoring it. Remington 1903s are not getting any cheaper out there!
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We sometimes overuse the term "Bubba." Not all conversions and sporterizations are Bubba jobs, and some are collectible in their own right. You might have something special.

Or it might be something Bubba trashed with a dull dremel while in a drunken fog one St. Patrick's Day...

Pictures, lad! We need pictures!
That's a good point, its unlikely but possible. Not sure about 03s but there were lots of companies doing sporter jobs in the 50s and 60s. Some mildly collectible.
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