View Full Version : Grandpas 1903 A3

Henry Shooter
10-09-2009, 2:48 PM
When I was 14 y/o living in NorCal I asked my Dad if I could use his deer gun to start hunting deer. I remember that he smiled and said No. A week later we were at Grandpas house turning the garden for winter when Dad said to me that if I wanted to hunt deer I should ask Grandpa to use his gun. I mustered up the guts and asked. Pop said that its had been so long that it had been shot he wasn't sure if it worked any more. Then he walked into his trophy room and brought back the gun. His words, "I'm not giving it to you to keep. I want it back after season". I was happy as anything. I also didnt realize what I had. That season I took my first deer a good Muley. I have the antlers in the stairway. At thanksgiving when dinner was over Dad reminded me that I needed to show Pop the deer I shot and to return the gun. Showing the antlers to Pop I saw alot of pride as he looked at me. I handed the gun his direction with the intent of returning it. He smiled and said he had no use for it. That I should keep using it, but when he was going to go again he'd need it back. I took 3 deer with that gun, even drug it around the Whitefish mountains of Monatana when I was 18. Every year I gave Pop some of the deer. He loved it. I joined the Navy at 21 y/o, Pop passed away that same year. I look upon what I have in that gun. I rescoped it a few years back, it still shoots. Its funny what 26 years does. I realize now the weight of that thing and laugh at what I did with it.
I wonder if I should rebarrel it. and get a new bolt. Or, just leave it the way she is.
What do you all think.

10-09-2009, 2:53 PM
Leave it!! you can always get a new gun in a different caliber, but that one is special. Most likely the most special gun you will ever own.

Peter W Bush
10-09-2009, 3:06 PM
Leave it!!!

10-09-2009, 3:36 PM
If you're going to use it some more then I don't see why you can't rebarrel it. You can always keep the old parts and if you want to retire it, return it to the old config later. If it's still accurate, then leave it.

10-09-2009, 4:24 PM
+ 1 Leave it!

10-09-2009, 4:27 PM
I'd leave it unless the barrel/bolt were so shot out it was unsafe to use.

10-09-2009, 5:16 PM
Thanks for sharing the story , If you asked Pops what would he say ?

10-09-2009, 5:37 PM
You will go to hell if you change anything on it.

10-09-2009, 6:05 PM
+1 for leaving it and posting photos!

10-09-2009, 6:34 PM
Don't you dare change a thing!!

10-09-2009, 6:50 PM
if i'm reading the first post right.. it is a scoped 1903A3.. if so.. then it is not origianal and rebarellling and using a new bolt won't matter...

10-09-2009, 7:15 PM
if i'm reading the first post right.. it is a scoped 1903A3.. if so.. then it is not origianal and rebarellling and using a new bolt won't matter...

+1. if it is still accurate, i would leave it. however, if the performance is starting to fade, might as well freshen it up, and then later, you can pass it on to your grandson.

Blacktail 8541
10-10-2009, 6:19 AM
I'm with the others who have posted to keep it as you got it from your grandpa. The only way I would change anything is if the barrel was shot out.

10-10-2009, 7:22 AM

Henry Shooter
10-10-2009, 4:26 PM
Here is the gun and the first deer antlers I shot with it. Sorry about the bad pics

10-10-2009, 4:38 PM
its Beautiful!!

10-10-2009, 4:54 PM
leave it
memories are more important than how this shoots

10-10-2009, 5:28 PM
Classic ebony nose and white line spacers. That rifle says "safari shirt and Aussie bush hat required".