Started me a 03a3 fund today.

Discussion in 'Mil-Surp/C&R/Black Powder' started by Brother_Love, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. Brother_Love

    Brother_Love Distinguished Poster

    ive been wanting a good 03a3 shooter. It does not have to be a pristine collectors rifle but neither do I want a piece of junk. I want one that is stock, with a nice bore. I’m figuring 5-900 dollar window ought to get what I want.
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  2. Xd357

    Xd357 Moderator Staff Member

    That’s one that I want to add to mine also.

  3. 22lrfan

    22lrfan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Nowdays it probably going to be closer to the $900 end of your range. Prices have really gone up on them.:(
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  4. shoeshooter

    shoeshooter Distinguished Poster

    Yep. $750 if you're lucky...and not too picky.
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  5. HerrZnk

    HerrZnk Distinguished Poster

    Troll every pawn shop you pass. Seriously, you will find that acorn...
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  6. usmc-nav

    usmc-nav Distinguished Poster

    I had a nice one and sold it to buy my jeep about three years ago and I miss it every day. I will have another one someday
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  7. Col Williamson

    Col Williamson Distinguished Poster

    I've been on the hunt as well all I ever find is plain 03's
  8. Brother_Love

    Brother_Love Distinguished Poster

    I have been and will keep looking. I got 2 from the CMP forum a couple of years ago and both of them were junk. Supposedly, two of the “best” sellers on there sold them to me and refused to make it right. I want to see the next one I purchase.
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  9. burb1989

    burb1989 Distinguished Poster

    03A3's are tough to get a hold of nowadays. I personally haven't seen any decent ones for sale at a show in a few years, mostly just old $150 sporter jobs. Most are going to be up in the $750-$900 price range for a really good one. Under that might be a crap shoot as far as barrel condition and completeness goes. I already have a Remington 1903 which is just as good as a 03A3 and made around the same time as the first 03A3s made so I have my bases covered there. I ended up with it for far under what it was worth ($350) only because the seller didn't reassemble the back end of the bolt correctly (it wasn't screwed in all the way) and thus he thought the safety was broken. Here's mine for example. It's an amazing shooter and so far is the only rifle I have that has made bull's eyes consistently every time I've shot it.
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  10. shoeshooter

    shoeshooter Distinguished Poster

    I'd like an 03 to fill a little gap in my collection, but as far as shooting it I can barely handle the sights on my 03A3's. Getting old has it's drawbacks.
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  11. Brother_Love

    Brother_Love Distinguished Poster

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  12. Brother_Love

    Brother_Love Distinguished Poster

    Found this one on GB, I’ve purchased from this guy and it was a good experience.
    Item 763995163
  13. stewbaby

    stewbaby Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    None of the pics show the areas that would help prove it’s not a recovered drill rifle.
  14. Brother_Love

    Brother_Love Distinguished Poster

    I’ve written him about that but have not heard back yet.
  15. HerrZnk

    HerrZnk Distinguished Poster

    As far as the fund goes:
    about 3 years ago we started putting our pocket change in a 5 gallon glass jar at the end of every day. This to fund our trip to NYC (Long Island) to attend our son's commencement at the USMMA. Much to our surprise, with the jar about 3/5 full, we had accumulated > $700 in less than 2 1/2 years.
    Good savings plan, we didn't miss any of the change we were dropping in there every day, the worst part was going to Regions and having them bag it up to courier to Jackson; they just deposited it into our account.
    Point is, we "made" more in that time in our change jar than we earned in interest on our savings accounts.
    So, just a suggestion for saving up for a 1903A3, or anything else.
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  16. phillipd

    phillipd Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Mr. Malcolm if you pm your address and full name I have something for you