Springfield 1903 Need advice

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing & Restoration' started by mdkoh, May 10, 2005.

  1. mdkoh

    mdkoh Guest


    I have acquired a Model 1903 Springfield Rifle. The serial number on the reciever is 849,XXX, this is just above brittle reciever cutoff number but below the # that were nickel treated. As I have researchered these recievers were double heat treated. Will that allow them to withstand modern smokeless powder loads? Any thoughts on how one would start a rebuild project with one of these? I was hoping to turn it into a shooter, some thought about competeing with it. Any thoughts and opinions on this? A friend (no longer close) has suggested its a wall hanger only. To me this is sad!

    Thanks again
  2. Papadoodles

    Papadoodles Super Member


    You don't indicate where you are located.

    However, the best method to find out if your 1903 is safe with modern ammunition is to check with a competent gunsmith.

    There was a great article recently in either the American Rifleman or Guns & Ammo magazine with all of the particulars with serial numbers listed.

    You might check with your local library and see if they have back issues.

    Welcome to the forum