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Hey All - a friend of mine is thinning his collection and is giving me first dibs on some rifles. I've always wanted a WWI-WWII era 1903. From my research so far I've determined that it was originally made in 1918, and refurbished at least once at the Raritan Arsenal. It now has a super nice High Standard 2/44 barrell, a Remington bolt and what I think is a Type 18 Field Replacement stock. It also has a capital P in a circle on the pistol grip and and H on the bayonet lug which I understand to mean "hardened". What I cannot figure out is from what time period Raritan refurbished 1903s. If it was before the end of WWII then I'll probably buy it. If there is evidence that this was put together post WWII it may not fit what I'm after at this time. Does anyone have any insight if Raritan would have refurbished this with the above referenced parts before the end of WWII? Let me know if you would like more pics or info on any additonal parts, etc. Thanks!!!!!!
 

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Thanks for the responses guys. I've gone over the stock (without disassembling it) and the only markings on it are RA-P and the stylized circled P on the pistol grip. Nothing else.
 

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Upon closer inspection I did find 1 additional marking on the stock in the bayonet lug cut out. It appears to be a 0. Here are more pics.
 

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