3 years ago#1
riflehead
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I have a 1903 springfield rifle with serial # 1005863 and barrel marked S A with the grenade below it and under that is marked 10 18. The rifle is in excellent shape and the bore is bright. The stock is in very good shape with a few minor dings. The stock is original as far as I can tell. It also has the leather sling that is in ok shape. There is no rust and all the internals look great. The rifle has not been fired since I acquired it. What would be the estimated value on this rifle and would shooting it hurt the value?

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3 years ago#2
Mike D
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If it's in good shape, shooting it won't hurt a thing. Look for stamps in the stock on the left side, below the cut-off switch.

Also look very carefully for any stamps on the bolt. On top and below the handle. Also on top and below the safety lug.

Mike

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3 years ago#3
riflehead
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The only stamps that I could find is a s under the left safety on the stock, and a u on the barrel band. Couldn't find any stamps on the bolt.

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3 years ago#4
Mike D
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The barrel date matches the serial #.

The lack of stock stamps suggests a possible rebuild. Does the stock have grasping grooves?

Did you find any stamps on the bolt?

Determining value is difficult without photos to determine originality. Could be $600 or $1,200?

Mike

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3 years ago#5
1903 springfield
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Sorry I took so long to reply mike. The stock has no grasping grooves. I took the rifle to a friend of mine that is an armour and also owns a gun store and builds custom firearms to look it over. He said that the barrel, receiver, and bolt were made in 1918. He said that the stock was the right one for the rifle, but could not find any marking on the stock but an s under the cutoff, and a 9 beside the trigger guard. He also said that it was one of the better 1903's he had seen.

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3 years ago#6
riflehead
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Sorry I took so long to reply mike. The stock has no grasping grooves. I took the rifle to a friend of mine that is an armour and also owns a gun store and builds custom firearms to look it over. He said that the barrel, receiver, and bolt were made in 1918. He said that the stock was the right one for the rifle, but could not find any marking on the stock but an s under the cutoff, and a 9 beside the trigger guard. He also said that it was one of the better 1903's he had seen.

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3 years ago#7
Mike D
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Original bolts in that serial range are stamped "J5" on the safety lug.

The original stock would have finger grooves and an inspection stamp by the cut-off. Also an encircled "P" under the wrist.

One other thing to check - the metal. Look at the photo for differences in the barrel bands and trigger guard. See if any of your metal is "stamped" like that of the M1903A3, on bottom.

Yours should be "milled", like the M1903, on top. Although the stock on the M1903 is a heavily sanded, poor example, you can make out the finger grooves.

Mike

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3 years ago#8
riflehead
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The barrel band is the same as the one on top. The stock is like the one on the bottom

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3 years ago#9
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Sounds like your rifle has had some parts changed sometime along the way. No biggie, most have. That's what keeps 'em going.

With the sling, your rifles value is in the $700 range.

Mike

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3 years ago#10
riflehead
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Thanks alot. Much appreciated. Not selling it, just curious.

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