What's my U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1903 Bolt Action Rifle worth? It's all wood and in good shape. I believe it's a 30/6 rifle.
serial is 168165
Early rifle - 1905. Single heat treatment so don't shoot it until you've checked into what that means.
Early guns get a premium depending on how much alteration they've received. Given the early serial I'm going to need to see at least one picture of the rifle, full length, as that will tell me most of what I'll need.
Behind the front sight should be another date - date of barrel. That is also an indicator.
Numbers of the rifles were rebuild early during WW2 and were re-barrelled. If it has a WW2 barrel it'll be worth less. They also swapped stocks - if in a late stock that hurts also.
Could be a very interesting rifle.
I have a U.S. Springfield Model 1903 rifle and I'm wondering if anyone here can give me an approx value. I'm not really looking to sell, just like to know what it's worth. I've attached some pics to help. Thanks!
James - I notice the Rock Island Arsensal/Frank Krack rebuild stamp. Krack was the foreman from 1941-45.
It's a nice rebuilt/refinished rifle. With the finger-groove stock and high-hump handguard, it looks good.
Value depends on the bore condition. If excellent, $800. If a sewer pipe, $450.
I have the same gun as in the pics just wanting to know if this is is a 30-06 or is there different sizes
Excluding the TINY TINY chance that it is much lower numbered and still in the original .30-'03 (which has a longer neck) the odds are good that it is in .30-06.
HOWEVER, if you are as unfamiliar with the gun as it seems, you should have it checked by a gunsmith to be sure it has not been rechambered to something else, before you just buy a box of ammo and head for the range.
I once did that with a mint full-military M1917 Enfield, and got a nasty surprise. It had been changed from .30-06 to one of the long .300 magnums - without being marked in any way. The cartridge case was destroyed but fortunately I was wearing shooting glasses.
And your specific question was?
We need detailed info on the arm, with pictures if possible - otherwise the answer will be "somewhere between $200 and $2,000".
I will move your other questions to other forums where you will hopefully get better answers.
In future, please ask a new question rather than tag on the end of a three-year old topic. Thank you.
Not planning to sell, just curious for knowledge. What might you estimate the worth for my SA 1903?
You have a very tastefully (in my opinion) done sporterization, in the style of the 1920s-1930s. As such, it might even have a bit of "collector" value, which most alterations lack.
The receiver is dated much later than the barrel, which makes me wonder if it was replaced to eliminate any potential worries with the original "low-numbered" component. Also, the stock appears to have originally been cut for a different receiver sight than the one now on it. If that is the case, you might consider improving the appearance, but observing two warnings:
(1) DON"T drill any more holes into the receiver, and (2) Unless you are very skilled, don't attempt to glue a filler into the void.
That said, I'd think your rifle would be worth at least $600 or possibly more - maybe even $1000 or so to the right person, IF the work could be proven to be that of a "name" gunsmith of the "golden age".
I inherited my father's 1903 Springfield (what I always assumed) 30.06 rifle. Serial number is 406377, which put the rifle built sometime in 1910 (according to another site). I find no additional serial numbers near the front sight (as show in other photos here), or anywhere else, which leads me to believe the rifle was altered somehow or other...
Any estimates on my rifle's worth? May sell it, may not. Pics attached. thanks! =)
Your rifle has been modified quite a bit from its' original military configuration, there is no "collector value", and all of the extra holes will be a real turn-off to most buyers. I would put its' worth in the $300 to $400 range, and predict it would be a slow mover at a gun show.
In my opinion, it would be better kept in the family as a remembrance of your dad.
The numbers you have seen on other posts, behind the front sight are dates, not serials. Yours still has the military barrel, but the sights have been changed.
Mostly what I figured. Thanks, Dick, for your help and quick response! =)
Hey was trying to find some info on my 1903, S/N is 654739, i believe it was made in 1917. Not sure though. Thanks