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1903 Springfield Griffin and Howe 28" target rifle

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1903 Springfield Griffin and Howe 28" target rifle

#1 Post by Calfed » Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:29 pm

I ran across a rifle that looks similar to a 1903 Springfield Heavy Barrel (Style T) target rifle, but purports to have a 28" barrel installed by Griffin and Howe.
The stock is obviously different than a Springfield target stock and kind of looks like it could be a G&H stock, but I'm coming up blank on whether G&H ever made up 1903 Springfield HB target rifles.

Auction description states: "Custom U.S. Springfield, Model 1903, Bolt Action Rifle, with 28" custom heavy barrel by Griffin & Howe, .30-06 caliber, SN 1269532, custom heavy walnut checkered stock, very nice condition."


Anyone able to shed any light on the question?


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Re: 1903 Springfield Griffin and Howe 28" target rifle

#2 Post by roverboy » Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:41 pm

Very nice. I love the grain in the stock.

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Re: 1903 Springfield Griffin and Howe 28" target rifle

#3 Post by Calfed » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:21 pm

roverboy wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:41 pm
Very nice. I love the grain in the stock.
Thanks rv.

I'll post better pictures and information when the rifle arrives.

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Re: 1903 Springfield Griffin and Howe 28" target rifle

#4 Post by Polock » Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:18 pm

Headless cocking piece and all! I really like the classic big bore target rifles. When I was a kid, friend of my dad was an "across the course" shooter. One of his rifles was a 03 Springfield, cherry wood target stock and a Browning 1919 MG bbl. I can only assume he used that bbl because they were dirt cheap (this was late 1950s) and were nice and heavy.
Now that I know more, I wonder how they headspaced the bbl since they had a stellite chamber lining--don't think a reamer would have any effect on the stellite.
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Re: 1903 Springfield Griffin and Howe 28" target rifle

#5 Post by Calfed » Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:21 am

Thanks, Polock

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Re: 1903 Springfield Griffin and Howe 28" target rifle

#6 Post by Calfed » Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:27 pm

My 1903 finally arrived at my FFL. I got a chance to snap a few quick pictures before it went into his safe for the obligatory 10-day "cooling off" period.

The bore is very good...shiny, sharp and the muzzle measures "0" on the CMP muzzle gauge. The bluing is excellent.

The barrel is marked "Griffin and Howe Inc New York"
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And "30.06 Gov"
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Bolt had striker modified and the bolt handle is marked "J5"
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Stock has interesting grain
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Re: 1903 Springfield Griffin and Howe 28" target rifle

#7 Post by Polock » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:24 pm

Admired many G&H sporters thru the years, never saw one of their target rifles. Appears to have a great piece of walnut, and whole gun finished as nice as any custom sporter they made. The tight bbl is a plus--I'd be tempted to take it to a NM shoot, just for old times sake. You would definitely get style points!
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Re: 1903 Springfield Griffin and Howe 28" target rifle

#8 Post by Calfed » Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:20 am

Polock wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:24 pm
Admired many G&H sporters thru the years, never saw one of their target rifles. Appears to have a great piece of walnut, and whole gun finished as nice as any custom sporter they made. The tight bbl is a plus--I'd be tempted to take it to a NM shoot, just for old times sake. You would definitely get style points!
Can't seem to find much about their target rifles. I found this, but it is a decade old...

https://www.morphyauctions.com/jamesdju ... fle-37982/

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Re: 1903 Springfield Griffin and Howe 28" target rifle

#9 Post by Calfed » Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:20 pm

Finally got in and picked up my rifle.

I couldn't find any more markings on it, other than this. Under one of the scope blocks I found "No 1x27". The X digit was drilled through for the scope block.

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Bolt body has the previously referred to "damascene"

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Muzzle is tight..."0"- on the CMP gauge.

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