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« on: September 09, 2018, 08:41:38 am »


I posted this on the Krag Ďotherí forum but not here so here goes. I bought this sporterized Ď03 Springfield with an unmolested recvr but a 21 inch bbl and crappy stock some years ago for another idea that I had. However, it was unsuccessful so the rifle languished in the back of my safe until we shot our Punitive Expedition match last month. I used my trusty krag but an Ď03 would have been much more correct so I decided to remilitarize it so Iíll have a correct rifle for the next PE shoot. I had a sanded scant stock with a mix of stamped and milled parts accumulated and as I didnít think the rifle was worth a criterion bbl job I decided to make the iffy wood fit the steel. Iíve shortened the forend, repaired the cracked handguard removed the scant and shaped the comb a little. My plan is to move the lower band, put a second steel clip back on the small part of the handguard for looks, mill finger grooves and sand, stain and finish the wood. Also have to fill in the exposed lightening cut under the upper band. Maybe a metal refinish depending on how it turns out. And a recrown as the muzzle is pretty rough but it surprisingly shoots ok. I can hit my 10 inch gong offhand with my Krag load loaded into .30-06 brass just fine. Iíve got a repro Kerr sling coming. More photos as work progresses.


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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2018, 01:36:08 pm »

Sound's like what you now have is a 1903 Carbine. Or maybe a "Tanker 0'3?
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2018, 03:15:11 pm »

Congrats on putting the saddle back on an old warhorse.
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2018, 10:34:10 am »

Been tinkering around with my 03 but Iíve had no shop power since Thursday so Iím filing and sanding in my reloading room. Today Iíve been trying to get the bolt lift improved. Iíve cut coils off the mainspring which helped [still pops cci primers] and now Iím polishing things. Swapped parts between my two complete bolts [a SA and a BS] to get the smoothest combination too. Big improvement. Next thing will be sanding the old finish off the stock, stain and oil. Itís got a combination of blued and parked parts so I will get it all black parked eventually.


My 03 parts have finally come so I replaced the slide and knurled screw on the rear sight, mine was bent up. I also found a Kings buckhorn sight on fleabay. The way itís made is very clever, the notched blade has 4 different sized notches, one on each side with a spacer that the small screw jams against. There is a white diamond in the center. Whenever I get it done I will do some shooting on paper to see how it does against the gi ladder sight.
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« Reply #4 on: Today at 08:02:15 am »

Finally Iím back on the grid. Only took 6 days this time. When the house was wrecked in Irene we were off for 6 months while the house was elevated and rebuilt.
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