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Old 12-29-2007, 08:47 AM   #1
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Info on my 1903...Please!

Hi All
I just made a trade, can you guys help ID

Remington 31196xx
Barrel RA 5-42
Bolt, R under handle and on left side of saftey housing
S Stock Grooved/ P, Circle P, and I think the # 18, under the wrist
JR under the Cut Out.
R on left side of FSB.
R on left side of upper band above bayo lug.
R and U on left side middle band.
RR on left side of trigger gaurd ( second R is rotated 90deg CW and just under first R ).

Good green park, bolt looks darker.
Stock is in great shape,
How did I do?

Rob.
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Old 12-29-2007, 03:47 PM   #2
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Hi, RMB,

You did pretty well, based on your description. Most of the parts sound original or correct. The TG and the lower band is a good sign, as those parts aren't too common, these days. The receiver and barrel are original or correct.

Any possibility of pictures? I'd especially like one of the "JR" you mention - that doesn't match up. Also the "double-stamped" TG!
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:29 PM   #3
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Thanks Rick,

No pics yet, Im working on it.
Finger grooves on a Rem 3119xxx, Not correct ?
How do I ID the stock.

Rob.
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Old 12-30-2007, 05:44 AM   #4
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Finger grooves? I missed that! No, not correct on a later Remington M1903. Remingtons used FG stocks, but only until about 3,025,000 or so. Things to look at:

1) Look again at the left side of the stock above the trigger guard. Sometimes a thin spot of oil on the faint marking will reveal more. Possibly a faint JFC?

2) Is the "P" just aft of the TG a block P, a script P or a "bare" P (no circle).

3) Look at the forward tip of the stock (the part you see when looking down the muzzle). Any sign of an "S" or "RI"? If an S, how big - 1/8" or 1/4"?

4) Stock bolts - two, one or zero?

The stock is not original - a correct stock would have ben a non-FG stock with "RLB" on the left side of the stock.
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:41 AM   #5
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1. left, inside cutout area: two letters in a forward slash configuration,* lower left is J or T. upper right is R.

2. Aft of TG: 1/2" circle block P, below that a smaller script P.

3. Forward tip is blank.

4. Two stock bolts.

I looked it over, those are the only markings.

Thanks, Rob
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:09 AM   #6
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About all I can tell is that your stock is probably a WWI or later stock. The small script P may either indicate it was a Rock Island stock or it was sent to Augusta Arsenal at some point before WWII.

If you can post a picture of the left side from the small to the rear sight I might be able to tell more.

In any case, it isn't original to your rifle.
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Old 12-31-2007, 06:59 AM   #7
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Hi Rick,

Thanks for all your help.
I will continue my search.
BTW I traded for a 2001 Mini-14..... I feel like I mugged the guy.

The '03 is in better hands now

Rob
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Old 01-01-2008, 05:59 AM   #8
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Post some pictures, when you get the chance. Might be able to tell you morem, if you do.
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