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Lobo Too Slow

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BAMM - Help me pick one of these 03A3s
« on: August 10, 2018, 04:02:42 PM »
Howdy,

A friend wants to sell me one of his two 03A3s. Can you help me pick one? I'm no gun guru, but here's what I've discerned so far:

1. Both manufactured in 1943 and barrels appear to be match serial.
2. One is Remington (rifle A) made and the other is Smith-Corona (Rifle B)
3. Both bores look OK, but Rifle A appears to have a more distinct rifling and Rifle B's bore looks to have some very minor pitting towards the muzzle end.

Rifle A (Remington -- Top in pictures):
- Stock does not appear to be original -- It has something of a pistol grip (this actually feels better and fits me better)
- Action feels a bit tighter like it has been shot less than Rifle B.
- Bolt has an 'R' on the ring
- No markings on the stock that I can see
- Bore looks excellent
- Rear sight wobbles, but I think this can be fixed by simply drifting it left to right and into place?

Rifle B (Smith-Corona -- bottom in pictures):
- Stock could be orignal -- marked with a 'P' in a circle behind the trigger guard and very faint stamping on the left side. I can't make it out, and I'm pretty sure the pictures don't show it.
- Bore appears to have very minor pitting and rifling is less distinct than rifle A
- action feels nice and smooth but not overly worn.

I really want the Smith-Corona, but the stock on the Remington feels so much better to me, and the pitting in the barrel has me concerned. The only thing holding me up on the Remington is the wobbly rear sight.

Also, is the stock/grip on the Remington legal for BAMM, or does it constitute an illegal external modification?

Thanks for any advice!
« Last Edit: August 10, 2018, 04:04:15 PM by Lobo Too Slow »

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Re: BAMM - Help me pick one of these 03A3s
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2018, 07:55:20 PM »
If it were me making the decision I would select the Remington.  Rear sight can be fixed. The pistol grip is BAMM legal. Personally the pistol grip over the long haul is the way to go. From your description it sounds like a good solid rifle.  Every one has different ideas.  My BAMM Rifles are Remingtons with 2 and 4 grove barrels both with pistol grips which are C stocks.  Good luck making your decision.  Just remember which ever one you buy go out and have a BAMM good time.

Lobo Too Slow

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Re: BAMM - Help me pick one of these 03A3s
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 08:26:37 PM »
Thanks, Goatneck!

This is exactly the kind of advice I was looking for. I like them both, but I agree the Remington seems like a more solid rifle. I've already managed to fix the rear sight (with permission from the owner), so that's no longer a concern. I'm taking them out to test fire tomorrow, so we'll see if one outshines the other.

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Re: BAMM - Help me pick one of these 03A3s
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2018, 09:50:39 AM »
Hey Lobo, when you're shooting cast bullets, ALL copper fouling in the barrel should be removed for best results in accuracy testing.  The 03A3 is one sweet rifle. You're gonna love it!
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Re: BAMM - Help me pick one of these 03A3s
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2018, 11:51:48 AM »
Good luck. 

Lobo Too Slow

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Re: BAMM - Help me pick one of these 03A3s
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2018, 03:15:57 PM »
Thanks for the replies. Both rifles shot very well (I was shooting milspec FMJ ammo), so I think I'll just keep picking up both of them and seeing which fits better. In either case, I think I'll get away with a nice rifle, and I'm excited to find a BAMM.

Now I'm off to find bullets. It seems like there are lots of options, and I keep reading the name Norm Purcella, but I can't seem to find a website. Are gas checked bullets OK at all BAMM matches?

If I'm not a caster, what are my best options for buying bullets online?

Edit: Is Hoodoo Brown still making BAMM ammo?
« Last Edit: August 11, 2018, 03:33:20 PM by Lobo Too Slow »

Hoodoo Brown

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Re: BAMM - Help me pick one of these 03A3s
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2018, 05:06:33 PM »
Hoodoo here. Yes, I still load BAMM ammo for several shooters. Norm makes a coated, gas checked bullet. I cast & load a lubed, gas checked bullet. I size my .30-06 bullets at .310 & have not found an 03 or 03A3 that won't shoot a cast bullet well. Let me know if I can help you...Hoodoo.

Lobo Too Slow

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Re: BAMM - Help me pick one of these 03A3s
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2018, 10:45:51 PM »
Hoodoo here. Yes, I still load BAMM ammo for several shooters. Norm makes a coated, gas checked bullet. I cast & load a lubed, gas checked bullet. I size my .30-06 bullets at .310 & have not found an 03 or 03A3 that won't shoot a cast bullet well. Let me know if I can help you...Hoodoo.

Thanks for reaching out! I sent you a PM and an e-mail (I think) -- please let me know if you don't get it. I'm still getting used to the WB forums.