[/IMG]I have a Springfield 1903 I'm interested in knowing the ballpark value of, and have some questions about it.
The serial #(630XXX) indicates the receiver was made in late 1916, but the barrel is stamped 10-17. Is it possible the receiver was not fitted with a barrel for a year, or was the barrel most likely replaced. Cartouches on the left side of stock are RA, FJA in box, and cross cannons. I've been told the "RA" indicates the stock was reworked or replaced during WWII or later at Raritan Arsenal, and that the "FJA" indicates it was inspected by a Col. Attwood. It also has a single "P" in circle behind the triggerguard, and 4 stampings ahead of the floorplate--"22" and "28" in circles, "w" in square, and "o" in triangle. The rifle has gray/green parkerization, which I'm told was not used before WWI, and was most likely refinished the same time the stock was replaced or reworked.
Also, when my bolt is pulled rearward to max and the magazine cutoff switch is on "on" position, the bolt will close without the need for me to depress the follower. The rear corner of the follower is rounded and shiny. Are 1903's supposed to operate this way, or does it sound like someone has rounded the edge to make it so.
The parkerizing is 90-95% overall, and the wood is nice, but has dents and dings. The receiver has also been drilled and tapped for a peep sight. I appreciate any info you might have on its value, or if you can verify or correct any of the info I've already been given.