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Just acquired a Remington 03-A3, 30 06 with an interesting stock, trigger job - 1.5 lb pull. I don't know anything about this gun, what it's worth, when it was made. Can anyone tell me what I've got? Thanks, Bernie
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You have a re-modeled Springfield. The biggest change I see is the MkX bottom metal adapted to the '03. You're missing the safety and if the trigger is 1 1/2# you need another trigger.
The stock is American Black Walnut with birdseye maple tip and cap. The side mount dates it to the late '50s or early '60s.
That seems an original 03-A3 barrel. Is it a two groove or four?
 
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Interesting rifle that as has been noted was extensively sporterized. Are there any markings on the receiver, scope, base or mount? That looks like a Paul Jaeger scope mount, but it is clearly from a previous era. The rifle also has what appears to be an aperture rear sight base which should be marked. Good catch. All the best...
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You have a re-modeled Springfield. . . . . . You're missing the safety and if the trigger is 1 1/2# you need another trigger.
The "extra" safety is on the left side of the action, where it always was on Springfields. The bolt safety was removed as it became unusable when the scope was added. IMO, not unsafe, just hafta know how it works and where it is.

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On the left side of the action is the magazine cut-off switch.
There were several 'low scope' safeties made by Williams, Ace and others. They change the shroud safety from 180 degree, three position, to a 45 degree throw on the left side of the shroud. Some lock the bolt and some don't.
 

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Wow, it's a beauty, and in very nice shape. The 03-A3 action is one of the smoothest bolt actions ever made, and except for very early models, very robust.

03-A3's are actually quite valuable to some shooters, and they are also not easy to find for sale. I spot them from time to time on Gunbroker, and they are never inexpensive, with prices in the $1000 dollar range, to "the moon". I wouldn't let tat one go unless I was desperate for money. It will never be worth less, and as time rolls on, it will likely be worth more.
 

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Ah yes, I "remember" now. I used my "phone a friend" to confirm. A friend has two custom 0 3-a3's, one with a safety as Jack describes and one that has a "Winchester M70 style" 3 position safety. My mistake.

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Nice rifle. So many were made in the 1950-60s, before M700 and m70 were readily available at low prices.

I've got two, one total original and one with a sporterized version like yours.

As Belk said "you need a safety". It surprises me it doesn't have a low safety, they were just $4.95 when conversions were made. Possibly someone disassembled it and didn't know how to put it back on???

this is what you need. Vintage Redfield Low Scope Safety Part for 1903 & 1903A3 Springfield Case Color | eBay
 

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Absolutely gorgeous and in my most favorite bottleneck caliber!!! If my sporterized Mauser aught6 from a couple decades ago looked half as good, it would still be in my safe.

If it shoots, as good as it looks,... I would make it a permanent fixture in my safe, congrats on a great find!
 
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