Need 1903 Springfield stock

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by Lorancen, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Lorancen

    Lorancen New Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    I need a 1903 stock with a single stock bolt. It must be in pristine condition. I have had a 1903 Springfield dated 5-11 for nearly 40 years that is in near mint condition but, a long time ago, someone cut the handguard and forearm off 4" forward of the front sling swivel band, modified the bayonet band by milling it off to be about 1/2" wide and installed it to hold the ends of the forearm and handguard in place. It was very professionally done. It is a shame because the stock was near mint condition and the receiver has at least 98% of the original case colors. I'd like to restore the rifle if possible because it could turn it into a $3500+ rifle. I have considered replacing the missing wood, starting under the swing swivel band but that offends my sensitivities. Otherwise, I may have to sell the rifle as is.

    Does anyone out there know of someone who might have such a stock? I appreciate your help with this.

    Former Springfield Collector
  2. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia

  3. Lorancen

    Lorancen New Member

    Feb 1, 2011

    Thanks very much for your response. I have tried both Sarco and Numrich but their quality is not anywhere near what I need. I need a stock that is as near mint condition as I can get. Too many of these stocks were reconditioned and the original finish removed. I need one that looks like they did when they came out of the arsenal - like a hand-rubbed oil finish complete with cartouche. I have seen one-bolt '03 stocks at the Tulsa gun show but they wanted more for the stock than I cared to pay.

    I will follow up on your suggestion of doing a Google search, but I think the only source for such a stock will be a collector who is hoarding one waiting for the right rifle to come along. Perhaps, if such a collector has a stock and wants this rifle, I am willing to talk.
  4. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Awhile back, was advertising NEW condition US surplus furniture kits for the 03. They may still have some - give them a try - you'll probably have to call customer service, I just tried searching for them on their on-line catalogue web site, but couldn't come up with a hit.
  5. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I vaguely remember seeing those. It may be a near impossibility to find a 110 year old pristine stock, though.
  6. CDonald

    CDonald New Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Keep an eye on the available items at You never know what'll show up there, but they do have other '03 parts, so wood might show up.
  7. gun-nut

    gun-nut Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    You could try the CMP in Port Clinton Ohio Its at Camp Perry. I will try to find the phone #.
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