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Old January 28, 2012, 07:07 PM   #26
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If its made by National Ordanance, Its not a collectors item, but If everything is OK but the stock, I would replace the stock and keep it.
It should be fine for a shooter. Sorry. It fooled me too.
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Old January 28, 2012, 07:19 PM   #27
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Google Sante Fe 1903a3 while you're at it.They were commercial receivers paired up with G.I parts.The Fed receiver and broken scant stock pretty much puts it in a category of parts instead of a collectable.
A friend got one in trade assembled with almost mint Remington parts,so he looked around until he found a Rem marked receiver.Stripped the rifle and assembled a great condition Remington correct 1903a3.
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Old January 28, 2012, 09:21 PM   #28
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I did not notice that this was a National Ordanance Rifle, How did I miss that ?
I had to go back and look a second time, I almost missed it too
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Old January 29, 2012, 10:18 AM   #29
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Heck I had to look three time to catch the NO roll mark, old age is here!

I saw a NO at a local shop recently, it wasn't a bad looking rifle. Bolt cycled very nice. I believe these are an investment cast receiver like SAI uses on the M1A and repro Garands.

I would just hang a nice C stock on it and shoot the poop out of it. Evil bay has several new C stocks listed, some under $100.

It may not have the history of a usgi rifle but history doesn't make shoot better. Now that I think about it, every part but the receiver is gi, so it does have some history, just not as well documented.
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Old January 29, 2012, 10:35 AM   #30
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If he wanted to he could build a nice rifle out of the parts, there are 1903 recievers for sale from time to time, usually for about 200 dollars.
He could put his parts on that, get a Smith to set the headspace and have a complete 1903 A3. But if the investment cast reciever is strong eneough, and safe eneough to shoot, You could put a stock on it and shoot and enjoy it. Thats the problem with my Remington 1903 A3 I worry about shooting it and wearing it out.
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Old January 29, 2012, 03:29 PM   #31
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The 1903A3 is an extremely strong action. It was made for war- It will outlast you, no doubt!
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Old January 29, 2012, 05:56 PM   #32
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I guess I'm confused. What is the "no roll mark" you all are talking about?
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Old January 29, 2012, 07:21 PM   #33
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Hi JD

he means the National Ordnance rollmark on the receiver, just forward of the bolt, where the serial number is
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Old January 30, 2012, 10:34 AM   #34
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Sorry JD, I get carried away with the abbreviations some times.
NO= National Ordnance.

The major 1903/1903A3 roll marks.

SA=Springfield Armory
RIA=Rock Island Armory
R=Remington
SC=Smith Corona

Don't be concerned about the National Ordnance cast receiver. It's a post war part and well be just fine for shooting. In fact there are current 1903A3 reproduction snipers being produced and sold for about 1K that use a cast receiver I believe.
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