So this just happened.
One more 1903 Springfield comes onto the armory.
Older one, too. Serial number puts it at 1907 manufacture.
Has a newer barrel though. Barrel dates to February, 1933.
No hatcher hole on the left side.
New barrel and old parkerized finish suggests a World War Two-era rebuild, not uncommon to 1903 rifles. It also unfortunately saw a scope mount courtesy of some bubba at some time, but it's been repaired pretty decently and it's not nearly as obvious as this photo makes it out to be.
The barrel rifling is strong and sharp, and I bought this one to be a shooter--a 1903 that I can take to the range and enjoy without worrying about putting more wear on it. So those repaired scope holes won't bother me a bit.
Walnut stock has the faint remains of an FJA (Frank J. Atwood) acceptance stamp and a Springfield Armory rebuild stamp.
I contacted the seller and we went back and forth a bit He swears it wasn't like that when he sent it and he struck me as a decent sort so I tend to believe him and lean towards blaming UPS. I suggested that he initiate a claim with UPS but in the end, the seller just refunded enough of the purchase price to make me feel ok about the stock. On the plus side, stay tuned for a future blog post on how to do vintage rifle stock repairs. I'll try it. And if all else fails, I think I've located an adequate replacement stock and it's on order already, as a spare if nothing else.