DG, That may be the the largest paragraph ever written.
Without going into all of the details, the .303 was similar to the 1903A3. If the action a bbl are good it's a perfectly servicable rifle. I bought and sold about 1K of them in the late '60's , early '70's. They were generally going for about $35 back then.
I'd just make it work for you, it's really a great rifle.
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