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choupique
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(10/7/02 6:13:19 pm)
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just got a Smith-Corona 1903-A3 from CMP. Seems to have a considerable amount of bolt
play--maybe between 1/64 to 1/32 of an inch. Anyway, is enough to rattle the bolt back and forth
when it is closed. Is this excessive to the point of being unsafe? Should I have this rifle headspaced
by a gunsmith? I had heard that some of these Springfields had not had the final reaming done
because they had been rebuilt and never fired but I thought CMP did a max (no-go) headspacing
measurement (including a test firing) before shipping. Thanks in advance for help here--wt

warpig883
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(10/9/02 8:40:30 am)
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I think I would have it headspaced and checked over by a good gunsmith. If he says it is fine shoot away

It would be cheap insurance to make sure it is fine or not fine.


Xracer
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(10/9/02 8:51:21 am)
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Hi choupique....Welcome to TFF.

Yeah, have a smith check it out.....it may be OK, but why take the chance?

kdub01
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(10/9/02 3:56:48 pm)
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If you mean the play is back and forth, not side to side, yes - this means the lugs aren't in solid contact with the receiver ring. Definately get a 'smith to run some "go - nogo" and field gauges to check the headspacing. This could be a replacement bolt that never got inspected.
"Keep Off The Ridgeline"
 
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