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Hey guys, new to this site, but in no way a newbie when it comes to rifles. First off, im 28, paid my dues by serving our country with 8 years in the Army Reserves as a communications specialist. Ive recieved a few awards for being an Expert Marksman, and learned a lot from a guy in my company who was a Sniper. To all the real military Snipers here, i salute you, thats a tough job and you have my respect.

So, back to the topic at hand. I have a Rock Island Arsernal 30-06 model 1903. I love this rifle, iv had it since i was 11, and used it to take down a few deer with it. I want to upgrade it, i have a new stock on the way, along with a new scope, but i am looking for a new heavy barrel for it. Where can i find a barrel for this rifle? Also, what is the advantages for a fluted or grooved barrel? Also i am looking to buy a bipod, i have seen some of the Rock bipods on ebay go for about 30-50 bucks, im looking for the 9-13" adjustable spring loaded type. Thanks for all your help guys, this site has a lot of info.

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Mel uses Montana Rifleman barrels for his SC1 the #7 contour barrel is pretty heavy but I would wait for mel to return from vacation and ask him since he would know more.

Welcome to the forums :D
 

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Any major barrel company will make barrels for this rifle. Shilen, lilja or kreiger. Hart, Virgin valley. The advange to barrel fluting is to help dissapate heat during those extended shooting sessions. Ebay is a good place to look for a bipod cheap as long as you know what your buying
 

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Thanks guys, yeah the bipod im looking for is the same one that is on this rifle, but in the 9-13" size. I think they are called Rock bipods? Thanks for the headups on the fluted barrels.

 

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If you mean Rock-mount bipods I have one of those on one of my rifles. It seems to be a cheaper copy of a Harris
 

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I just got a fluted Kriegger barrel for a 300 wsm. After installation it was about 600 bucks. The barrel is 300 and they will install it for another 300. Its kinda expensive so I would find a good gunsmith to do it cheaper for you. So far it is shooting between .25 and .5 moa. and the action has not been trued yet and bolts have not been lapped. That is also with hunting bullets and the barrel has not been fully broken in yet so it is very accurate. I have the #8 contour which is .875 at 26" at the muzzle. I think the gun is about 10 pounds so its not that heavy.

Also I would get stainless steel with 1 in 10 rifling. You will probably find that most people will tell you that. I have a teflon coating on my barrel which I am not satisfied with at all. It chips off very easily. Id just go with a matte paint on the barrel. That way if it gets scratched you can just spray over it with any matte black paint.
 

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If you mean Rock-mount bipods I have one of those on one of my rifles. It seems to be a cheaper copy of a Harris
Yeah its the Rock-mount bipods, i have seen them go for fairly cheap on eBay. How would you rate the quality of these? Are they worth it or a waste of money?
 

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Spoon - $600.00 bucks for a new barrel and it didn't include truing of the action or lapping of the bolt lugs - OUCH

Jered at Patriot Arms charges $650.00 for a new barrel BUT this price INCLUDES truing the action and bolt, and hand lapping the bolt and bolt lugs. The combination of a new Broughton barrel and these other actions done on my 700P converted a 3/4 MOA capable rifle to one that can shoot sustained 1/4 MOA groups if the yahoo (generally me) behind the rifle does his part (I re-direct your attention to Mel's review of the Patriot Genesis - solid 1/4 MOA performance).

http://www.snipercentral.com/genesis.htm

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Yeah I was going to have a gunsmith do it for cheaper but I got screwed around. I couldnt get a hold of him for several months and he finally gave me my gun back with a letter saying he didnt have time. So just to save time, I had Krieger do it. And I also bought a lathe to work on guns now.
 

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Thanks for the info guys, i wish someone would have told me that this is a expensive hobby before i got into it, lol. But much fun none the less, thanks again.
 

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I did my first and own gunsmithing last night, lol. My Ram-Line stock came in, and i had to cut the groove for the bolt handle to fit it. It took me a little while to cut and file it out to make it a perfect fit and finish, but i was very happy with the results, and it makes the rifle look soo much better with the black stock compared to the wood stock. Slightly lighter, and feels better in my hands and shoulder when placed into firing position rapidly, like its a natural fit in my shoulder. Anyways, just thought i would share my experience, lol.
 

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Sounds like you did a really cool job, Jay!

I like my rock-mount, but the screws on the legs need to be checked for looseness oftenly...If you can find a Harris at the same price, buy it :)
 

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Drew said:
post a picture!!!!!
I'll see if my buddy will come over with his digicam, mine recently got stolen. Right now its got a Weaver scope on it that will be replaced very soon. My brother bought me a scope for it that should be here any day, its nothing expensive, never heard of a NcStar scope but that what he got me. 6-24x50 illuminated ranger finder, for free, i aint complaining, if it doesnt work well, i might just put that on a .22 auto i got for plinkin. But definatly i try and get pics up for you guys, thanks.
 

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post a picture!!!!!
Here ya go, lets see if the pics work,
the rifle is a Rock Island Arsenal (Springfield) Model 1903 .30-06, with a Ram-Line fiber composite stock, Buehler scope mount and safety, and Weaver rings and scope. This weekend i will have the Harris 9-13" adjustable bipod to keep it level and true. The other pic is of my Rottie/Huskey named Katana with my HK USP .40 (full size), yeha i know i got big hands, it makes that pistol look like a compact, lol. My dog and my HK are my home protection items as i like to call it.





 

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nice weapons
how does your dog shoot the USP lol ;)
Its not a laughing matter, my dog is a highly trained secret operative for the CIA. Right now she is getting some R&R from a mission she did in Russia. So thats why she isnt in all her gear, just packing the USP. She can jump over a fence, do a barrel role under the bushes and deck, and still manage to get off all 10 rounds into a 5 inch target at 20 yards, run behind the shed for cover, and reload, hit the slide release and she can take down 4 birds while they are flying through the air. And then chase a cat down the street up into a tree, LMAO! Thanks man!

Jay
 
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