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Old 08-10-2017, 08:02 PM   #1
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1903 remington question

I am new to the forum and have some questions about a Remington 1903 that I have. I'm trying to find out exactly what its history is. Its serial number is in the 3120000 range. It has OG EK. On left side of stock and has the straight pinned stock. It is dated 5 of 42 on the barrel and is four grove and unfired with cosmoline still present. All of the parts that I can see are marked with the R. It has an original unused sling. It has other crouches present as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It has the ladder sight on it.
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Welcome to the forum. You have a gem there. I own what should be an identical rifle, #3,140,xxx. They are called "03-Modified".

During the early years of WWII the U.S. couldn't pump out Garands fast enough so Remington was contracted to reopen 1903 production using the Rock Island tooling from WWI. Remington made some slight modifications to expedite and economize, but for the most part the rifles are identical to the originals. The most obvious outward modification was the elimination of the lightening cuts along the sides of the receiver.

I'm envious that you have the original stock. My grandpa bought mine as surplus after WWII and sporterized it; I've restored it with a replacement stock but the original was lost.

If you decide to shoot it make sure you research the ladder sight. It's not complicated but you do need to know how to use it. If you try to shoot .30-06 or M2 Ball with the battle sight you'll be about forty inches high at a hundred yards...it's zeroed at 575!

Pictures would be great...I'd love to see your old girl.
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Thank you for the reply. I will try to get some pictures posted so that you can get a better idea of it. I have thought about shooting it but I just can't get myself to do it since it has not been fired. Maybe someday.
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The OG is a rebuild mark from Ogden Arsenal, the EK stands for Elmer Keith, (yeah that one), who was an inspector.
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The OG is a rebuild mark from Ogden Arsenal, the EK stands for Elmer Keith, (yeah that one), who was an inspector.
This is the cool thing I learned today.
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