Tonight I traded a tall cup of coffee from the local McDonalds restaurant (one of JAYB's favorite haunts) for a sporterized 1903A3 Springfield 30-06. The barreled action is OK. It has Leupold bases and rings and a cheap Tasco scope. The magazine spring and follower is trash and the stock is a hacked up military.
In my basement I happened to have a very nice walnut sporter stock for a 1903 Springfield and an action. From this I took the milled magazine/trigger guard assembly, complete, and mounted it on the new barreled action. The stock from the 1903 will have the recoil lug area routered a bit to fit the wider recoil lug of the 03A3 and then be re-glassed. I will give the whole unit to my future son-in-law instead of the Savage I was planning on.
I have shot this rifle in the past but it didn't feed due to the bad magazine follower and spring. If I remember right it liked Speer 180 grain Soft Points and 4350 as well as Winchester Silver Tip 165 grin factory ammunition. With these loads is was quite accurate but my friend has never liked it and was glad to trade it off for 1$ worth of hot liquid. It will be ready to shoot again, restocked, by tomorrow evening. Who says you can't get anything for a dollar these days??~Muir