Re: sporterized 1903 refurb
If its under 800,000...Get your hands off it. really the reciever is brittle. if its a keeper order another stock..I got one I have been working on for the last 2 years and have over 3 grand in to it and thats no BS(bull ****). I have a new barrel that just went on $500.00 and thats not the ending..but when they are finished they are your pride and joy..
I got lots of 03A3s, 03s..I have one being put into service condition with a new Douglas Barrel.
All of my Springfields will shoot better than most new rifles out today (just some pride talking).
any reciever(03,03a3) under 800,000..is not safe..I get warned from every Gunsmith I know they won't touch them.
As for a new stock, you can buy some fantastic stocks for around $200.00 that will suck your eyes out. you can use an epoxy, dig out the pocket for the recoil lug, and when you bed it remove the trigger....if you get bedding into it you will have problems.
all around the barrel use a strip of duck tape to make sure the barrel is floating and use reliece
on the action fill the pocket and lay a coat of tape along the edge of the stock.
do all this at one time and in order. you will do ok just watch how much pressure you apply.
Try to keep the bedding off the screws..do not put any bedding into the channel for the barrel.
I wish you lived next door I would be proud to help in any way when it comes to Springfields.
Don't get bedding on the stock, use duck tape and a rasor trim any exess tape from the area, you will be bedding only the Action..Not the barrel..you should be able to pull a dollar along the area under the Barrel. (when finished)the tape is to keep your barrel strate and true and to protect it from getting bedding on it. I have seen bedding jobs where the Action was below the stock and some above it keep your work even to start with..do it with care and take your time, do a good job make sure the action fits ok and if its high sand a little stock to bring the action as even as you can. If the action sinks into the stock thats why you use the bedding as even as you can. when you tighten the screws the action will squish the exess watch with care not to over tighten the screws you may draw the action below the stock.
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