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    Hey guys, my wife’s grandfather passed away and I received one of his old rifles. I’m trying to get more information on it from someone who knows more about these rifles than myself. I’ve taken photos of all the markings on the rifle, if there’s any more information I could give to help get more information, let me know. From what I can tell, the barrel was made by Springfield Armory in April, 1925. It appears to have a star barrel. The serial number indicates it could have been produced in 1924? I believe. I’m thinking possibly a 1903 NRA Sportster? Anyways, any information helps. Thanks

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    I am in no way any kind of 03 expert but that’s a nice example. Lots of them have been sporterized and it’s a crime. It does look like someone refinished the wood with a high gloss finish.

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    The rifle does not appear to be original. But, Someone with a fair amount of gunsmithing knowledge and a better than average amount of skill built a very fine rifle. Take good care of it, it's worth it.

    the only thing that irks me is the high gloss varnish finish. Take a beautiful piece of wood and varnish it.... Gun furniture should not be varnished...

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    Interesting. An acceptance cartouche on what is definitately a non-military stock (not even a 'full C stock).




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    I admit I have attempted to do a grip insert like this in the past. Never was able to make it look "right" to my satisfaction. This one looks pretty good in the photo. How does it look in person? The rest of the rifle looks great. The metal and roll marks are a all in excellent condition. I really like those Lyman sight sets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northtidesix View Post
    I admit I have attempted to do a grip insert like this in the past. Never was able to make it look "right" to my satisfaction. This one looks pretty good in the photo. How does it look in person? The rest of the rifle looks great. The metal and roll marks are a all in excellent condition. I really like those Lyman sight sets.

    Grip insert! Of course. That's real well done. The entire rifle is real well done, for that matter. Considerable time and money went into its build.
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    Doing that grain, and color match is stuff that nightmares are made of.

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    Some one did one heck of a job matching color and grain. On closer inspection it appears the entire butt stock was added aft of the cartouche stamp.
    Definately a center piece keeper for the craftsmanship if nothing else.
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