Finding a good gunsmith is a very good thing indeed.

A good m1903 gunsmith is hard to find.

My father-in-law’s sporterized M1903 has been a bit of a problem child for me. When I first got it, it had flip-up buckhorn sights, which may have been good for snap shots on elk at 40 yards but they were lousy for long range shooting.

So I got a rather nice Vortex scope for it, but I never could seem to make the darn thing work. The Leupold mount I tried at first wouldn’t keep the scope in place for more than a dozen rounds, and the mount I got from The Country Shed to replace it was a bust as well.

The problem that I ran into was finding someone who could diagnose the problem and then fix it. I could find a good gunsmiths for AR’s or my CZ’s, but finding someone who knew the older guns like the M1903, and especially one that’s been sporterized, proved to be a challenge. Figuring that a gunsmith who worked on CMP guns would be used to the (ex-military) M1903, I dropped both gun and scope off with Bob Pultz at Mesa Gun Shop.

And it works now.

Bob started with the stock: My father-in-law, rest his soul, was many things but a tinkerer was not one of them. The action wasn’t mounted in the stock correctly, leaving about a 1/4″ of play front/back that was starting to crack the stock. It also wasn’t bedded correctly, and it turns out I bought scope mounts for an M1903A3, when in reality I had an M1903.

Whoops.

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So for a reasonable fee, Bob bedded the action the right way and drilled and tapped the receiver for the proper Leupold scope mounts for my gun, and the results speak for themselves:

Shot Group Analyzer via Robb Allen

Shot Group Analyzer via Robb Allen

1 MOA with 150gr Remington Core-Lokt.

I can dig it. And the results will only get better as I gain more confidence with this gun and myself.

Finding a gunsmith who knew the M1903 took awhile, but the results speak for themselves.