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Thread: Another 30-06 follows me home.

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    Another 30-06 follows me home.

    For no good reason I found myself swinging into the parking lot of a local pawn shop a couple of nights ago. I don't know why as I almost never frequent the place. But I did stop in and the first thing I see is a sporterized 1903-A3 Springfield rifle made by Smith Corona. It is very typical of what would have been produced in the 1960's including the Fajen stock with the high comb and the Lyman receiver sight and front ramp. The action wasn't drilled or tapped for a scope and the bluing was still decent. The bolt handle was almost military configuration but for a gentle sweep rearward. The bore was sharp and bright.

    The price was $250 but when I asked the owner for a price i couldn't walk away from he said $200. I took it. I'll report on it this weekend. Should shoot well.~Muir

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    Oh, I am such a sucker for nice old 1903 sporters, from NRA and Sedley, to Griffin & Howe, and unknown local gunsmiths. I will buy one, planning to throw away everything but the action, and build a Mannlicher stocked 7x57 or .257 Roberts, or a 1930s style .35 Whelen, but I make the mistake of buying one that is too nice, and I start liking the 1950s stock with white line spacer under the grip cap and hard rubber buttplate. I start trying old bases I have to see what the drill and tap holes fit. Aha! Weaver bases. Hmmm, I have an old steel tube El Paso Weaver 4x and steel rings... the next thing you know, it is put back the way it was in 1960.

    I have a 1903A3 with a heavy Bishop stock, from the U.S. Army AMU at FT Benning. I was going to build something, but I shot it, and shot it more. Oh, no, this old Vietnam era sniper rifle just can't be dismantled. So I just found a Redfield base and rings for it, and put on an old Redfield 3-9x40 with Accutrac. Next trip to the range is with old 175-gr Lake City Match.

    $200 is a deal, Muir! Post a photo and I will take some photos of some of my 1903 projects to swap here. My next one is a really nicely stocked one, great bluing, 6x scope in a Redfield base, but it is drilled and tapped for a receiver sight, and I have an old Redfield sight with target knobs. I think the scope has to come off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern View Post
    Oh, I am such a sucker for nice old 1903 sporters, from NRA and Sedley, to Griffin & Howe, and unknown local gunsmiths. I will buy one, planning to throw away everything but the action, and build a Mannlicher stocked 7x57 or .257 Roberts, or a 1930s style .35 Whelen, but I make the mistake of buying one that is too nice, and I start liking the 1950s stock with white line spacer under the grip cap and hard rubber buttplate. I start trying old bases I have to see what the drill and tap holes fit. Aha! Weaver bases. Hmmm, I have an old steel tube El Paso Weaver 4x and steel rings... the next thing you know, it is put back the way it was in 1960.

    I have a 1903A3 with a heavy Bishop stock, from the U.S. Army AMU at FT Benning. I was going to build something, but I shot it, and shot it more. Oh, no, this old Vietnam era sniper rifle just can't be dismantled. So I just found a Redfield base and rings for it, and put on an old Redfield 3-9x40 with Accutrac. Next trip to the range is with old 175-gr Lake City Match.

    $200 is a deal, Muir! Post a photo and I will take some photos of some of my 1903 projects to swap here. My next one is a really nicely stocked one, great bluing, 6x scope in a Redfield base, but it is drilled and tapped for a receiver sight, and I have an old Redfield sight with target knobs. I think the scope has to come off.
    I also am a sucker for the old Springfield sporters; local or famously made. This one is definitely 1960's. This was professionally assembled, I'm sure. Or a very gifted amateur. In any event, it reminds me of one of those rifles a gunsmith put together in his spare time to sell. My uncle built many such rifles and sold them from his shop -usually in the winter months and into spring when hunter's interests turned to fishing or golf. My favorite was a 1922 Hornet that was converted to .223. I rebarreled it to 25-20 with a Douglas air gauged 1-14" twist barrel. It had a Lyman front globe and a long slide #48 on the back. With cast bullets it was good for sub MOA with iron sights. Someone offered me too much money for that rifle. I hope the guy who has it now is enjoying it.~Muir

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    So glad you managed to get another rifle Muir! Hadn't heard of a new one for several days and was wondering if you were'nt well!

    David.
    Last edited by Kalahari; 03-10-2014 at 12:39.

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    We want gun porn pics !!!!

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    Got any photos of that rifle Muir, just to make us all jealous?
    Popping into the local pawn shop & picking up a rifle, if only....................
    I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, but it was only some fecker with a torch bringing me more work

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    A fool and his money......... Stop it!!

    John
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAYB View Post
    A fool and his money......... Stop it!!

    John
    What David said, you jealous Ba$tard.

    As to pics: It's not much to look at unless you are into Springfield rifles. It's a very plain hunting rifle and an old one at that. If it doesn't blow up when I pull the trigger I'll get some pics at the range. Last night I small-base, full length sized 30 pcs of Federal brass I had lying around. I also found a couple of hundred odd 150 grain Sierra Spitzers. I'll test it out with these this evening -if it's not snowing by then! 24F this morning! ~Muir

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    Muir!

    I am not envious. I can do the same in Switzerland but the cost is 10x the price! So I am very envious!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conor1 View Post
    Muir!

    I am not envious. I can do the same in Switzerland but the cost is 10x the price! So I am very envious!!
    Conor,
    You live in a civilized country, at least!
    Know what I had to pay for my first K-31 and 100 rounds of Swiss ammunition?? About $1200 in today's currency. I still have it. Wonderful rifle.~Muir

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