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Lot 436: Springfield Model 1903 Bolt Action Target Rifle

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Scarce Springfield Model 1903 Heavy Barreled Bolt Action Target Rifle with Winchester A5 Scope

Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Scarce Springfield Model 1903 Heavy Barreled Bolt Action Target Rifle with Winchester A5 Scope

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1903
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30 06
Barrel: 30 inch
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 430
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 310
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This is an example of a late production Springfield Model 1903 "T" style target rifle that is fitted with a Winchester A5 scope. It is fitted with an original style very heavy 30 inch target weight "T" style barrel correctly fitted with the modified BAR front sight topped with a Lyman 17 globe front sight. The receiver is fitted with a long range Lyman 48C micrometer target rear sight and the stock has been properly inletted to accommodate the sight. It is also fitted with two scope blocks, one mounted on top of the receiver and the other one on the barrel and it has a Winchester A5 commercial scope installed on the blocks. It has the standard two line Winchester commercial markings and it has been deeply marked with "F3172". The barrel is unmarked and unproofed and it is fitted with the standard milled components. The action is fitted with a NS marked bolt that is unnumbered and has been repolished, still in the white and it has fitted with a headless cocking piece. It has the correct style NRA style pistol grip stock without grasping grooves, two stock bolts, and a modified 1917 front barrel band designed to accommodate the heavy barrel. The lower lower sling swivel is mounted on the underside of the stock. The stock is fitted with the standard NRA style cupped steel buttplate. The rifle also has a leather sling. The receiver serial number of this rifle places it the range of rifles manufactured circa 1938, which is considered outside the normal range for the manufacture of the "T" rifle series. The "T" series of rifles were manufactured primarily in the 1924-1930 period. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine 95% original blue finish with minor edge and high spot wear. The floorplate is a parkerized replacement. The markings are clear and distinct. The stock is also in excellent condition with its nice original medium brown finish overall showing only minor handling marks. The Winchester scope retains 70% of its blued finish showing minor spotting and thinning mixed with extensive patches of dark corrosion. The markings are clear and distinct.

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