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    Default 1903A3 bolt

    Don't know much about the 03 series of rifles, but I'm looking at a 03A3, the bolt has no markings anywhere. Is this a Sportsman Guide type bolt for want of a better phrase?
    Thanks in advance
    Steve

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    I am not aware of any aftermarket bolts for an 03 or A3. The markings are found on at least one of the following places..the top and/or bottom of the bolt handle root, and/or on the safety lug. Some of the marks are very lightly struck and can be worn off with use (especially the safety lug). Many many many bolts were modifed to make a sporting rifles and the markings were removed or obliterated in the process.

    Other folks here might (do) have more insight. Hope this helps.

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    I'm not certain what you mean by a "Sportsman Guide type bolt". Is it an 03 bolt or an 03A3 bolt? On another current thread, Rick the Librarian states that some of the early Smith-Corona 1903A3 bolts were unmarked.
    Last edited by IditarodJoe; 02-14-2012 at 12:39.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IditarodJoe View Post
    I'm not certain what you mean by a "Sportsman Guide type bolt". Is it an 03 bolt or an 03A3 bolt? On another current thread, Rick the Librarian states that some of the early Smith-Corona 1903A3 bolts were unmarked.
    From what I read of the reviews on the SG bolts they were NOS Remington complete bolts. Buyers seemed to be very happy with them.

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    If they were the ones I remember, they weren't NOS but were overhauls. A Remington would have an R on the underside of the bolt handle. If they had no markings on the top (and, of course, had a "bent" handle) they were Smith Corona bolt bodies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick the Librarian View Post
    If they were the ones I remember, they weren't NOS but were overhauls. A Remington would have an R on the underside of the bolt handle. If they had no markings on the top (and, of course, had a "bent" handle) they were Smith Corona bolt bodies.
    I just reviewed the ad. says Condition: Brand new, never issued. Now whether that was actually the case I can't say, but the people that bought them seemed to think that what they got was dellivered as advertised.

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