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Old May 9th, 2018, 03:45 PM #1
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1905 Ross Rifle

My grandpa picked this gun up from my late aunt who passed, we had taken the gun to a couple local gun shops which some knew a little about it and some didnt.I was able to get help from some members on this board. But wanted to know if anyone else could tell me more about this rifle. I know that it is a 1905 Ross Mark II Canadian Rifle. It has sight hood, the stock, chamber, and barrel are all in really good condition. We will be selling this gun down the road at some point , but not right now most likely would like to hold onto it for awhile. Here are some pictures. Please let me know any info I could pass along to my grandpa would be greatly appreciated.
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Well known for blowing up if reassembled incorrectly.
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It was never reassembled I don't believe
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Beautiful rifle. Thanks for the photos.

It is possible to reassemble the bolt incorrectly, but that won't make the rifle blow up. It will just cause the bolt to recoil through your sighting eye and out the back of your head. Otherwise, no big deal.
One of those things you only do once, like Garand thumb.

But they are beautiful, accurate rifles, as long as you keep them out of the mud.

Mawkie is our resident Ross expert. He should be along soon. Meanwhile, you could search for posts by Mawkie, maybe an advanced search, keyword Ross, user name Mawkie.
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He's our resident Ross expert - that I'm aware of
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Well known for blowing up if reassembled incorrectly.
Incorrect on the Mark 2s. It was the Mark 3s that had that issue. The issue, OP, was with the bolt being reassembled backwards, causing the locking lugs to not engage while still allowing the breech to close on a live round and the hammer to drop. This caused the bolt to be launched back out of the rifle into the shooter.

Again, this was only a problem on the Mark 3 rifles.

Besides that, it appears to have done some service with Canadian units during WW 1 and seems to be all there. Serious collectors will pay well over a grand at present for such a rifle. I'd take it out and shoot it a bit before selling as it's hard to find such a fine rifle in .303. enjoy regardless.
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The Ross rifles have or had a reputation for fine accuracy but lousy reliability under combat conditions. They were finely made with close tolerances and trench warfare was their undoing. A good hunting rifle yes...combat rifle...not just no but hell no!
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