1903 a4 cloneOn 30.10.2020 by Torn
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Results 1 to 7 of 7. Thread: a4 clone. I think I did ok, this is my first Was wondering if anybody might have an idea of if this was a company build like Rock Ridge, JRA, Gibbs or a gunsmith build. Was told the receiver is Smith Corona.
Can take pictures of whatever if needed. Would appreciate any information I can get. Attached Thumbnails. Join Date Jan Posts Pretty clearly a Gibbs, given the scope markings.
I saw the Gibbs marking on the scope. I didn't think another builder would use a Gibbs marked one but I've heard Gibbs marked the base too. I was not sure if they sold them by themselves or if they only came on their rifles. I have not found a picture of a Gibbs with the serial number on the base either. Sponsored Links Remove Advertisements. Been looking over this thing this afternoon. I'm thinking that it was probably put together by a individual.
Different features aren't lining up with the company built clones I'm finding pictures of. Figured out the bolt is a Springfield has HO 26 on top. Also confirmed what I thought that the barrel is a Criterion. Has a lot of Remington marked parts on it too. It will be a little while before I can shot it while but can't wait to see how it does.
Join Date Dec Posts 16,I have the money and the desire to buy one of the A4 clones out there. I'm thinking my M1D isn't going to be competitive enough for sniper competition since some were shooting them and none placed. I have the feeling both the Creedmoor and Gibbs rifles are made in the same place same scope, same appearance, same accessories, same rings, same finish, blah, blah. So, I assume there isn't really any difference between them besides the price.
How good are these scopes the so called new generation ones on them now? Are these rifles really worth the money? Who has one and what's your take on them and your actual opinion and review of what you have?
Crud, in CA I'd have to pay sales tax to Creedmoor too. Any thoughts and insight on this would be much appreciated. I went back and forth myself.
Took the plunge and ordered from Creedmoor Monday. Picked them because of sellers reputation. I'll let you know how it looks when it comes in. Now to find a range over yd to see how it will do Larry, I have one and my buddy and I won the sniper match at Camp Perry with it. My rifle is a Gibbs that I purchased around this time last year. I did see a couple of the new replacement Leatherwood M73G2 at Camp Perry this year and they looked pretty good. As far as the rifle, all of the stock metal was reproductions.
I also replaced the reproduction trigger guard with a Remington padded guard. The bolt was actually pretty nice, but the bolt guts were very rough so I replaced them with nice blued ones. The stock fit the action very well, but I had to relieve some side barrel pressure. Not a big deal.
The color of the stock was very light, so a little stain and a whole lot of linseed oil made it look good. The scope base fit the action nicely. I did end up shimming the base in the rear to keep the crosshairs centered at yards.
The receiver looks good color wise and the cutoff was repaired nicely. The receiver ring shows a very tiny spot on the bottom from some stainless weld. If you didn't know what it was, you'd think the parkerizing didn't take in a small spot. The shank is stamped, "Rock Ridge PA. The same people building the Creedmoor rifles. I was also told my barrel is made by Shaw. I think some of the rifles being marketed by Creedmoor have this barrel and some have Criterion. At the yard line at Perry, 7 of my shots went through the 3" shot spotter.
The other two were nines, just off the spotter in the nine ring. The limiting factor on the rifle is the 2. My buddy and I shot the rifle at both yard lines and we saw no evidence of heating up issues. If I were going to buy one now, I'd buy from Creedmoor. Even with the addition of California sales tax. Purchasing from them would ensure you receive one built by Rock Ridge. You can decide which barrel you want, but I know which one I'd want.In one sense, it took me 51 years or so to complete this project.
1903a4 Clone by Rock Ridge
My friends gently — sometimes not so gently — rag me about taking so long with my work, but even they might be a bit shocked by that. I certainly didn't plan it that way. It all started when I was 16 years old.Original WW2 1903A4 Sniper Rifle Description and Firing
I'd been reading gun magazines like Shooting Times and American Rifleman. It didn't take me long to convince my dad that we needed one, and since I was gainfully employed at the local grocery, I would pay for it. Dad concurred, and the order was placed.
Months later an unissued, mint A3 rifle arrived at my home. I loved that rifle. It was the first "new" gun I'd ever owned. I learned to shoot with it, and to make that possible, I also learned to handload and cast bullets. The more I used the rifle and was exposed to other gun people, the more I became aware of the importance of having spare parts. Fortunately, DCM also offered parts at very reasonable prices. Milled trigger guards were about 35 cents each, and I ordered several of them as well.
Over the years I've used many of those parts. At least four of those barrels have been used on my original '03A3, which I still have. By the way, even with all that shooting, my '03A3 would still be considered as virtually mint. You definitely can do a lot of shooting with a gun without damaging it. Not too long ago, I picked up an '03A3 drill rifle.
The barrel had been welded up, the boltstop welded to the receiver, and the face of the bolt welded to close the firing pin hole. In addition, the rifle was severely rusted and in terrible condition.
I initially thought I might just break it up for parts or perhaps convert it to. But as I examined this rifle, I realized the receiver had not been damaged.
In fact, with just finger pressure alone I was able to break the weld on the boltstop! For years I'd wanted an '03A4 sniper rifle to go with my original '03A3, but I'd waited too long. The prices of originals are now far too much for my budget.
With this drill rifle, however, I could finally afford to have at least a replica of that unique rifle. I would just build it. The A4 was the first mass-produced sniper rifle fielded by the United States military.
Admittedly, it was not the best sniper rifle of World War II, but it was what we had, and it was available in large numbers. There's a lot of history associated with it, and since the release of the film Saving Private Ryan, where the '03A4 was used extensively, it's become very popular.
My first task was to remove the barrel, which had been spot welded to the bottom of the front of the receiver. I cut the weld down to the surface of the receiver and then applied just a bit of pressure to turn the receiver off the barrel. Again, the weld easily broke as there was virtually no penetration or depth to the weld. If there had been any significant weld penetration, the safety of the receiver would have been questionable. The receivers on my earlier '03 Springfield.
From what I've seen, every one of these drill rifles is unique. Some are safe for conversion, some are not.This is a discussion on a4 Clone by Rock Ridge within the Steel and Wood forums, part of the Rifle Forum category; have had this rifle for a while.
I have other loads that shoot better but had some fun Today. Was given several boxes of Brass Was given several boxes of Brass and goodies. Which included some M1 ball grain projectiles. I really wanted to shoot prone supported and really see how they would do. Time and weather was not on my side so bench and block had to do. It did not help that my spot scope fogged up and I could not see my impacts in the black.
So I just rattled off the last of the shots. Thanks from Tommostokyluigi and 3 others. What distance did you shoot? What is your load recipe? I own a Gibbs A4 and am always interested in other shooter's load development. I wish I would have snatched one of those clones up when they were still affordable. Thanks from Doc.
It's a. I don't remember the load, it's been 35 years or more, but IMR, Federal match primers, commercial brass mostly Remington and the grain Sierra match boat tails would let me hit 3 out of 5 gallon milk jugs filled with water, so you could see the hits at yds.
Good shooting load. No where near "hot" but still a compressed load due to the slow burning powder and the grain bullet.
Thanks from stoky. I have always like the 03A3s - but by the time I really convinced myself to get one their prices had passed me by I have a RR 04 clone and it has proven to be a very good rifle. I have been loading the Hornady match bullet with RL The combination is very good.Previous Thread Next Thread.
Oct 17, 1. I've been in the market for a a4 reproduction but I can seem to find anything worth buying. My original plan was to find a sporter 03 on GB and convert it to a 03a4 clone. Most of the reproduction rifle are all made from drill receivers and I dont want to shell out bucks for a potential dangerous rifle.
Col WilliamsonOct 17, Mesquite likes this. Oct 17, 2. I think your plan is good, you just have to be patient. Actually, when you finally give up and move on to something else one will show up.
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I probably will here soon. I've got a few on gunbroker I'm bidding on currently. Col WilliamsonOct 18, Oct 19, 5. Definitely find a sportered 03 as that will be probably the best option moneywise.
“No Drill” 1903A4 Sniper Rifle – 1903 Springfield
Lord knows how many of them I've come across at shows locally but thankfully I already have my Remington 03 so I'm good in that department. I did own an original 03A4 that one of my great uncles brought back from Alaska during the war but it was really rusty and the scope mount holes were stripped so I had them redrilled and put all the metal through an electrolysis bath to help with the rust and it turned out great.
I gave that rifle to my great uncle's son because he didn't have anything of his dad's service and he's a fellow collector like me so I wanted to do the right thing by him. Oct 19, 6. I've searched the internet the past couple days found a few decent guns to bid on. I've weighed my options and I'm pretty sure I can put together a good clone for right about a bucks. Col WilliamsonOct 19, Remember Me? What's New? Results 1 to 7 of 7. Thread: A4 Clone Project. Thread Tools Show Printable Version.
Tony G found me a beautiful A3 muzzle 0, throat 1 that was drilled and tapped for a Redfield Jr. Tim media blasted the bolt and then blackened-not parked-it. Next the scope was a freebie from Dogboysdad Eric. The "C" stock came from the Louisville roadtrip.
The upper handguard is raw wood. I'm not so sure it's walnut so I ordered a new one from the Collectors Source, but it's not here yet.
I should have sanded it-maybe it is walnut? Anyway, here is where I'm at so far. The Allen head screws are in the base temporarily until I get the shimming right-then they'll be replaced with Fillister's. The flash brings out the "Patina" but in regular light the receiver is a nice green, and the scope base and rings are darker.
Everything is Remington, with the exception-I think-of the striker. When dealing with liberals, always attribute to malice what would ordinarily be attributed to incompetence. That is why I have always failed where others have succeeded.
Stu That is real purty. I am thinking about doing this to my sporterized 03A3. I have two upper hand guards you could check out. I do have one question though. Is that scope mounted correctly? The sword of time will pierce our skins It doesn't hurt when it begins But as it works its way on in The pain grows stronger Eye relief is perfect.
I tried to imitate the Lyman Alaskan.
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