Now is not the smartest time to ask this question BUT I feel I must.
After reading a few post's other sites. I bought a 03-A3 drill rifle mainly for the stock, to convert my old reliable 50's hunting rifle back to military stock!
After reading up on drill rifles, I decided to rebuild the rifle's action, back to firing condition. I'm a retired Tool & Die maker - needing a project.
My question to all of you is, do you know of any rebuilds that failed? I can't find one instance on the net. A employee at the CMP store seemed to feel the action will coming apart!
All reports I have seen are POSITIVE!
I removed the old barrel, with my gunsmith help & proper tools, bought & fitted a new CMP barrel, fitted & installed a NOS bolt & other required parts. It head-spaced perfectly with the required reamer & gauges!
My plan to to strap the rifle down & fire one shot at a time with a good cleaning each time to break in the barrel & wrap the action in carpet as a safety. My thought is it should be ready to go after ten rounds to be fired normally. YOUR THOUGHTS?
Thanks for your interest,