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    Sporterized Military Rifles...

    Everybody has seen what was done in the 50's and decades beyond. I'm wondering if anyone here wants to share a Sporterized military rifle from back when....

    Here's a 19O3A3 made in 1943 by Remington. Don't know the first thing about it other then the barrels been shortened and recrowned. Guessing a Herters front sight installed and a Fajen style stock was fit to it...


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    Re: Sporterized Military Rifles...

    Eddystone
    This one had a lot of custom work. It even has a beautiful bolt handle. It probably was done in the 50's or 60's.





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    Re: Sporterized Military Rifles...

    Custom 1898 Springfield Krag-Jorgenson Carbine Sporter


    Barrel slightly recontoured with Redfield sights installed front and rear

    This was my first centerfire rifle and is still the one I will usually grab for chasing whitetails or swine. I know nothing about it's history other than my grandad traded a batch of his homemade crab traps for it.

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    Re: Sporterized Military Rifles...

    this ones not mine.. i "borrowed" the pic of the net..however,, theres just something about a blending of old & new that just talks to me..

    i might one day just have to see what kind of walnut i have out in the shop and see what i could come up with..

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    Re: Sporterized Military Rifles...

    These photos are outstanding! Maybe Giz can show us some close-ups of the Springfield.
    That Krag is magnificent! The Eddystone,too.

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    Re: Sporterized Military Rifles...

    I have just one. It's a Carl Gustov Swedish Mauser {6.5X55 of course} with a Ramline plastic stock {I would prefer wood but I got this stock cheap} topped with a Leupold VX-III 3.5-10X40 scope. Barrel shortened, matte finish and a 3# Bold trigger to get it going. Not near as good looking as the rest in the thread, but, it is what it is
    My friends call me 'Mick'
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    Re: Sporterized Military Rifles...

    xtm, I hate it when you show that beautiful KRAG!!!! I had the military version, that had the barrel abd the stock shortened. I didn't really care for ifor military arms.....so I let it go. If you don't mind saying......what did it cost you to do all those modifications? I can't believe how beautiful that looks.

    That is a very nice '03, Giz. The one that I have my eye on .....is going for $2000+. But, it's been there for years.....and years! Do you think he'd go for $200???? I'll even pay the sales tax!!! Bob
    When you want the BEST! Bob

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    Re: Sporterized Military Rifles...

    Azmick, I've got the cousin to your Swede. This one is a Oberndorf made in 1900. Different stock (Butler Creak), different scope, but same great cartridge.

    Lousy photos all around.



    The next one is an Enfield with a serious identity crisis. 1943 No4 MKI. This gun was imported by Santa Fe Arms company after the war and converted to the No5 MKI "Jungle Carbine" configuration. I call it a clone. My father bought it from a department store when he was a teenager. His Mom had to tell the guy at the counter it was OK to sell it to him. He, unfortunately, removed the handgaurd and cut the forestock back. I sanded and refinished the stock in my early 20's. It sure is one ugly rifle but a real shooter. Since it doesn't have the lightening cuts in the receiver that the original carbine had, it is way strong and doesn't suffer from the wandering zero issue associated with the real carbine. As one would expect, this rifle is now a couple of pounds lighter than the original number 4. She kicks like a mule.


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    Re: Sporterized Military Rifles...

    This tread is getting to be kind of fun. The thing about all these Sporterized rifles that hasn't been mentioned yet....goes back to the 1970's and earlier. I can remember going into stores and being able to by a surplus Mauser, Enfield, or Springfield off the rack for $75 or less depending on condition...these were the chain stores that were everywhere in the country...

    How times have changed

    Anyrate, you could sporterize just about anything on the cheap!

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    Re: Sporterized Military Rifles...

    1923 Spanish Mauser still in original caliber 7X57, 1893 action. Very sweet shooter.

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