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Don the savage
01-23-2012, 6:45 PM
Last year I bought a m1903 on cal guns that was in a sporter stock. I figured I would bring it back to original spec as much as I could.
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac151/dcayer190/23b58654.jpg
It's in nice shape but I needed a doner m1903 for the stock and all the fittings. Well when CMP had their bolt action sale I saw that they had low number rifles that the consensus was shouldn't be shot. So I ordered up and got my doner today. So I got out a screwdriver and went into dr. Frankenstine mode and here's what I came up with
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac151/dcayer190/85b62d34.jpg
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac151/dcayer190/327bfd9d.jpg
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac151/dcayer190/22dc089f.jpg
1918 receiver ww2 barrel. Now to shoot it this weekend.
Thanks
Don

smle-man
01-23-2012, 6:50 PM
Nice work!

vf111
01-23-2012, 7:12 PM
Good to see an old war horse returned to its former glory ~ Nice work!

Flyin Brian
01-23-2012, 9:48 PM
Way cool, it's nice to see it back in the correct stock.

Looks like someone peened the rear sight base trying to make the sight fit tighter? I've never seen that before.

I was up in Jamestown last week and there is a shop with a Smith-Corona in a sporter stock and they only wanted $650 for it!! Yes, it's still there :D

bloodhawke83
01-23-2012, 10:05 PM
I got a sporter 1903 from my grandpa, there are rails welded on it and I can't read the model. Until its given for keep, i can't to a full restore to it.

Don the savage
01-23-2012, 11:06 PM
Way cool, it's nice to see it back in the correct stock.

Looks like someone peened the rear sight base trying to make the sight fit tighter? I've never seen that before.

I was up in Jamestown last week and there is a shop with a Smith-Corona in a sporter stock and they only wanted $650 for it!! Yes, it's still there :D

Yeah getting the front sight off to put the correct front stock ring on was a bit difficult. I had to bang it on and off with a delrin punch. Man the 60's were hard on classic rifles.

gunboat
01-24-2012, 9:34 AM
At $17.50 delivered to the door, why not?

What happens to the lo-number and sporter stock now?

Latigo
01-24-2012, 9:41 AM
Great to see that!

TheExpertish
01-24-2012, 11:09 AM
Good to see an old war horse returned to its former glory ~ Nice work!

Glad to see it as well. Good job.

emcon5
01-24-2012, 11:34 AM
Well done sir.

Now you can stick the low number receiver in the sporter stock, and make up some light cast plinking loads for it. :D

Don the savage
01-24-2012, 2:23 PM
Actually the low number and the sporter are going to go to another cal gunner for some tlc. I already was contacted. If the deal falls through i will probably put it up in the marketplace.

jmax
01-24-2012, 5:31 PM
Way cool, it's nice to see it back in the correct stock.

Looks like someone peened the rear sight base trying to make the sight fit tighter? I've never seen that before.

I was up in Jamestown last week and there is a shop with a Smith-Corona in a sporter stock and they only wanted $650 for it!! Yes, it's still there :D

I pick up my 03 sporter on Thursday, s/n 1.89 million. Unfortunately too much had been done but for $300 and a very bright barrel with sharp rifling, great head space it will be my cast bullet rifle. By the way it came with a 3X9 Denver Redfield scope mounted on top.

Ghostwolf
01-25-2012, 12:23 PM
Nice looking rifle, My primary big game rifle is a Rock Island M1903 that I picked up as a barreled action at a gun show. Someone had started to sporterize it botched up on the blueing and given up on the project. Was able to turn it into a pretty nice sporter.