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hey guys,
i was wondering what kind of scope is suitable for a springfield m1903a3 rifle?
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Unless it has been bubba'ed, none.  Those are collectors items.  Then you get into needing a gunsmith that has both the skill and desire to take on the work of tapping it.  
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even though it is in perfect condition for a hunting rifle?
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 There's no reason you can't mount a scope on that rifle without doing any permanent harm to it. S&K makes a very nice mount for the A3-03 which clamps on without alteration of the firearm, available with or without rings. Any scope suitable for deer hunting in your area can then be mounted to it. There are other companies that  make similar mounts, as well.
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Originally posted by jimatrix jimatrix wrote:

even though it is in perfect condition for a hunting rifle?
 
If it is stock/ as issued, it will being a premiun as is, anything else starts droping value.  They bring 600 to 900 around as issued when you can find one. "Perfect" for a hunting rifle is subjective... Here that means it has been rebarreled,  because they are so hard to find. They don't make them any more.  These guns are a GREAT hunting rifle, after all they were made to hunt humans.  That I do not despute. It is also like hacking up a 64 1/2 Mustang.  If somebody else has beat you to it then fine, that's what I ment by bubba'ed.  Otherwise you can get a surplus mauser and have at it. Same gun expect for the cocking knob and cut out (Mauser brothers won the patent infringement).  
 
To mount a scope RIGHT, you need to drill and tap the action.  That means you have to remove off the rear sight.  These don't have the ladder sight that you could take off.  These actions are heat treated and hardened.  That's why they are hard to drill and tap. That's why nobody like to do them, because they break taps.  Gettin' a tap unstuck is not fun anytime, getting un stuck in a customers gun is a lot worst.
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I checked out the mounts Ronk suggested, the notes in Brownells #58 (pg #342) say you need to grind the bolt to make things work.  If the bolt you have numbers match I would not grind on it.  How is the head space?
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 The notes on the S&k website page says to use high rings to avoid grinding the bolt handle.  I'm sure you'll want to add a lace-on cheekpiece to the stock to get your head up to it properly. I must dispute Silvers' claim that drilling and tapping is the only correct way to mount a scope. You can put together a very servicable rifle without altering it using said S&K mounts. Don't go cheap and crappy on the scope though.  Get a GOOD scope worthy of a GREAT rifle.
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