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I just aquired (very cheaply) a Remington made 03A3, serial number 327XXXX, the reason this rifle was so cheap is that it needs a bolt. If you have a local smith who specializes in springfields he may have some lying around for a good price. I need help finding a bolt for this weapon.
It has been sporterized and I would like to change calibers. It is currently a 3006 and since I already own a 3006 Remington I am thinking a smaller caliber. As always accuracy is key, and a good selection of bullets is a must. I do wish it was a short action but the price was so good that I couldn't resist.
I am looking at 6mm to 6.5mm and looking seriously at 25 caliber. Does anyone have expertise with these rounds - The barrel will be the same Douglas #7 target barrel that I used on my 358.

If you can help with ideas or in finding parts let me know.

PaulS
 

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Paul,

My friend has several M1903 bolts and parts for sale. Let me put you in touch with him for details. Send me your email address or phone number.

My email is: [email protected]

If you want to re-barrel to .25-06, .270, of 7mm-06, that would be the easiest and cheapest way to go. Both need no action work to feed properly.

All other shorter rounds would need some minor action work.

What's wrong with keeping it in the original caliber? If the receiver hasn't been drilled or tapped, and the barrel is good, your restoration would be a money-maker!

John
 

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Paul: two excellent calibers for both target and hunting are the 7mm-06 and the 6.5mm-06. The 6.5mm-06 is known for it's long range accuracy and packs the power of the old 6.5mm Magnum. Just something to consider. Good luck and have fun. Mikey.
 

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Mikey,
I'm getting close to a decision and bouncing back and forth between a "wildcat" based on the 257 roberts (fabricated from 3006 cases) and necked down to 6mm or an "improved" 6mm Remington. Either way the case would be 2.23" long and made to handle bullets in the 85 grain range. I should easily get 3000 fps from a 24 inch barrel and less powder used than the '06 variations. The choice has been made easier because I want a cartridge that won't easily chamber in the 308 or 3006 that I already shoot. I can get or make a set of forming dies and the fired cases will only be neck sized in a carbide neck sizing die. Thanks for the input!

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All the local coyote shooters have just discovered the 6mm-06. Gives 240 Weatherby velocities with easy to find brass. Coyotes get dead a lOOOng ways off. Even better might be the 240 Gibbs. A bit more velocity and long case life. If you already looking at wildcats go with a great one. The 6.5-05 has the same relationship to the 264 as the 280 does the 7mm Rem Mag. Does depend on what your looking to do with the rifle. For a Pdog town the 6mm-06 may be a bit too much but for coyotes out to where ever you can hit them it's very close to perfect. It'l also kill deer with authority although I'd opt for premium bullets at these velocities. I'm even thinking of building a Gibbs for myself....
 

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Well everyone,
I found the round I want to use:

Are you ready? I hope so, because I may need some help locating reamers and dies for this one.


ok, here goes - - - - 6.35mm x 59mm improved (30 degree soulder)

It is a 257 diameter bullet so bullets won't be a problem but I am wondering if I will have to have dies specially built.

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Well I've never even heard af that one!! So I suppose I won't be much help,, but if I find anything I'll bring it to your attention... A little question though if you would,,, Why? I do suppose you'd never have to worry about someone else saying 'OH yea, I've got one of those...'
 

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I took a long look at that wildcat and the difference between it and a 257 Roberts and have decided that the difference is too small to offset the added expence. I am going to build a "plain jane" 257 Roberts or maybe an improved version. I expect to get over 3000 fps from a 24 inch barrel with bullets on the light side of medium weight.

So now I have taken a bunch of money off the cost of this project and need to think about it a bit more.

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jeeper123_2000,

I did find a bolt (a bit cheaper than the one listed) but the project is on hold right now. Money is tight when you are unemployed and I am in the process of finding a job.

PaulS
 
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