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Picked up a nice Remington 1903A3 a few months back. It had a straight stock, but unfortunately, someone had previously sanded it down along with most of the stamps, which while still could be seen, were nothing but a shadow of their former selves.

Decided to put a "C" stock on it. Ordered a 1903 "C" stock from the CMP. Looked good when it arrived. Believe that it was made by Boyds for CMP. However, being that it was a 1903, needed to find a A3 hand guard. Ended up getting one from The Collector Source. Looked great upon arrival. However, this was advertised as NOS and being made during WWII. Hmmm.... didn't look to be nearly 70 years old. But what do I know. Wasn't going for anything period correct, so it really didn't matter.

Installation was rather easy. Not necessarily "drop in" but rather close. The hand guard is just a hair longer than the stock, but not really noticeable.

Put on about 7 or 8 coats of pure tung oil. Have let it cure for about two weeks. Here's the final product.





 

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Very nice! I have a 1903A1 that has a ratty C stock on it. Several cracks and splits. I had a 1903 stock ordered from the CMP but cancelled it when I heard from several people that they were ill fitting. Sounds like I'll need to rethink that one.
 

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Nice looking '03 there! I regret selling the one I used to have. I was shooting it at the range next to one of the police "snipers" one day. When he finished, he came over and showed me the 2 inch group he had just shot with his $8,000 sniper rifle. Then he asked how my rifle shot. I told him to look at the target on the table next to me, he looked and said where is the group. I said, "You have to move the dime.".
 

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Very nice! I have a 1903A1 that has a ratty C stock on it. Several cracks and splits. I had a 1903 stock ordered from the CMP but cancelled it when I heard from several people that they were ill fitting. Sounds like I'll need to rethink that one.
How long ago was that? I recall reading where as little as about three years ago there were problems, but it seems that these problem (similar to the M1 Garand stocks) had been remedied. However, when I first receive it the receiver wouldn't seat very well. I was thinking that I had to do some fitting, and set it aside. Well, one day turned into two or three months, and the next time I tried it, with a little urging, fell right in.
 

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That's probably about the right time frame. I just haven't had that 03A1 out of the safe for awhile.
 

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How long ago was that? I recall reading where as little as about three years ago there were problems, but it seems that these problem (similar to the M1 Garand stocks) had been remedied. However, when I first receive it the receiver wouldn't seat very well. I was thinking that I had to do some fitting, and set it aside. Well, one day turned into two or three months, and the next time I tried it, with a little urging, fell right in.

The Boyds "C" stocks, that the CMP and Dupage Trading sell have been a on and off again love hate relationship... Some stocks fit well and others not so well its been hit and miss for a very long time. If yours dropped in and fits well without any real fitting bless yourself you got lucky.
 

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Duce that turned out great. I prefer the C stock myself. I got the USMC front sight cover, but can't tell from the pic if that's what you have. A real help in the sun.
I enjoy the hell out of my A303, hope you do too. Congrats.
 

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The Boyds "C" stocks, that the CMP and Dupage Trading sell have been a on and off again love hate relationship... Some stocks fit well and others not so well its been hit and miss for a very long time. If yours dropped in and fits well without any real fitting bless yourself you got lucky.
Most things I've heard as of late have been positive. Maybe they finally got their MoJo going. I know another member here that built a 1941 USMC sniper off an 1903 action using a CMP stock, and it was a "drop in" fit as well.
 

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Duce that turned out great. I prefer the C stock myself. I got the USMC front sight cover, but can't tell from the pic if that's what you have. A real help in the sun.
I enjoy the hell out of my A303, hope you do too. Congrats.
Nope, don't have the USMC front sight cover. Will need to remove this when shooting as it sits too low. Would like a USMC though....
 

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Most things I've heard as of late have been positive. Maybe they finally got their MoJo going. I know another member here that built a 1941 USMC sniper off an 1903 action using a CMP stock, and it was a "drop in" fit as well.
Give Boyds some time, they'll dink it up.......

USMC sight covers can be found over at SARCO or from Bill Bentz.
 

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Both are nice rifles, you gotta try a sniper match its a hoot. I think they have one up in MN check the CMP competition tracker website for sure. One little hint tho if ya handload 175grain SMK with about 47.5 grains of IMR 4064 is about perfedt for them. Also duplicates M118LR in 30-06.
 

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Looked great upon arrival. However, this was advertised as NOS and being made during WWII. Hmmm.... didn't look to be nearly 70 years old. But what do I know. Wasn't going for anything period correct, so it really didn't matter.
NOS means New Old Stock, it should look as though it was made yesterday not 70 years ago, they are a good legit company
Good looking rifle
 

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NOS means New Old Stock, it should look as though it was made yesterday not 70 years ago, they are a good legit company
Good looking rifle
I know what NOS means. But the hand guard looked too new, especially for wood. And it needed more fitting than the actual stock. Had to trim about 1/8" off both ends of the semi-circular tab that seats within the ring resting on the forward end of the receiver, otherwise it wouldn't fit.
 

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Both are nice rifles, you gotta try a sniper match its a hoot. I think they have one up in MN check the CMP competition tracker website for sure. One little hint tho if ya handload 175grain SMK with about 47.5 grains of IMR 4064 is about perfedt for them. Also duplicates M118LR in 30-06.
I've done two sniper matches with that rifle here in MN. I use just about that same load of IMR 4064 but with 168 grain bullets. Those matches are fun to shoot.
 
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