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    A question about a M1903

    My lgs has a Remington M1903 for sale. According to them, it's a 1943 vintage. Just looking it over, it's not half bad. Other than being dirty, the stock is in good shape. The receiver, barrel, in fact all the metal parts seem to be in good shape. Of course the bluing is worn. But the barrel looks very good. No pitting and is clean and shiny. Overall, it looks good.

    I can get it for $800 otd. Is that a deal or not? I really don't know and all I'm seeing on GB are sold items for more than that amount. But this one doesn't come with bayonet or cleaning kit. Just the rifle.

    Any opinions are welcome. What say y'all?
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    I would get it as I got one a while back for 800 and on local site where we can sell guns they have jumped to 1,000.00 and most do not have bayonnets. Besides for that price it will shoot as good or better than newer guns. You got my vote to buy it and never look back. I also do not see many being posted either.
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    I bought my 1921 1903 back in 2003 from CMP for $420. Has the price gone up that much?

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    Carl, I'm not sure if you looked at this one https://www.gunbroker.com/item/795975324 but, that'd be over $900 + transfer fees (if it goes at start price). If yours looks anything like that $800 sounds good.
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    No more comments, suggestions?







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    Carl, If it is as nice as the one on Gun Broker go for it ..$800 OTD ain't bad.
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    Bill, to be honest I didn't look at it close enough to say which version it is. I'm going back this weekend to look it over again and measure the muzzle. I think he said it's a 1903A3 but I could be mistaken. I do know for sure that's it's Remington manufacture. Are you suggesting that any version would be worth at least $800?







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    Thanks, Bill. That helps a lot. I'm certainly not an expert on the 1903s, but since acquiring a Garand I've wanted one.







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    Springfields

    Springfields are fun rifles and carry a lot of history with them, particularly the 1903 (pre-WWII) examples. RdrBill has some good tips in a post above. Almost all 1903-1903A1 rifles were arsenal rebuilt at one time or another and if you know the stamps for each arsenal you can tell a lot about where the rifle has been. Brophy's Book of the Springfield is a handy source, but is long since out of print. Canfield wrote a fairly good book too and either may still be available on E-Bay or elsewhere. Once you get into Springfields, you'll want a good reference book for them.
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