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1903 Springfield and Winchester 1917

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by bluesea112, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. bluesea112

    bluesea112 Active Member

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    I am considering buying these two rifles, so I am hoping y'all can give me an idea of what I should offer:
    1) 1903 Springfield (Rock Island Arsenal)
    2) Winchester 1917
    The Rifles have beautiful walnut stocks, and both are chambered in 30-06.
    Not a single scratch on either rifle. Guns are in mint condition. Check out the pics.
    Thanks for your help!
    Bluesea112

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  2. oneshot onekill

    oneshot onekill New Member

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    Well... Sporterized rifles are very hard to value. If they were done by someone well known like R. F. Sedgley, they can be quite valuable. But as a general rule, sporterized rifles are worth far less than the rifles were worth in their original configuration. Without knowing who did the work it's a crap-shoot.
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    Rock Island 1903's I believe should have a serial number higher than 800,000 for most to consider it safe to shoot. After 800,000 a double heat treat process was used. The older method resulted in some recievers being brittle.

    That said nicely done sporters. Maybe $800-$1k for the pair.

    Regards, Kirk
  4. Jim K

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    No, the RIA low-number cutoff was 285500; Springfield Armory was 800,000 (approximately)

    I concur with the comment on sporterized military rifles. While those appear to be very well done, the fact is that they are probably worth less than the unaltered military rifle would have been. But since they can never be feasibly "restored", I would WAG those at about $450 for the M1903 and $400 for the M1917 unless, as noted, the work was done by a noted gunsmith or the rifles belonged to a prominent person.

    Jim
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    Thanks for the info guys. Y'all saved me from a bad deal. He wants $1300 for the pair. I think I will pass.

    Thanks again!
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    Yep charles. since they are sportered they arent worth much more than a modern bolt action rifle. Id say somewhere around 400 each.

    Great rifles though. Next you see them, see if they have the 2 groove barrels. The 2 groove were wartime manufacture and done that way to speed up the barrel making process. The 4 and 6 groove barrels shoot better.
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    actually 4 or 6 grove barrels shoot no better than a 2 grove. some were even used on sniper rifles
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    They sure are beauties though.
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