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January 19, 2023 - 6:46 pm
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Does anyone know when Winchester or Aguila makes those special runs of ammo for the .22 win auto ammo for the 1903 ????? Or does anyone know of a reasonable place to pick up any?  I know when Target Sports has it, it is somewhat reasonable for today’s prices. I have a few boxes left that I had to pay $18 a box for. Better than not having any at all.

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The value fluctuates with the amount of time that passes between the infrequent production runs, and in the current environment, I would expect the time intervals to get longer versus shorter.  Those of us that have a supply of it will only sell at an obscene profit.

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The value fluctuates with the amount of time that passes between the infrequent production runs, and in the current environment, I would expect the time intervals to get longer versus shorter.  Those of us that have a supply of it will only sell at an obscene profit.

  

Understood for sure. I only have 5 boxes left, which is not a lot, but I can shoot it. I do know when I see it again I will buy a case. Luckily I do have a 63 that does LR…. 

 

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The value fluctuates with the amount of time that passes between the infrequent production runs, and in the current environment, I would expect the time intervals to get longer versus shorter.  Those of us that have a supply of it will only sell at an obscene profit.

  

Understood for sure. I only have 5 boxes left, which is not a lot, but I can shoot it. I do know when I see it again I will buy a case. Luckily I do have a 63 that does LR…. 

 

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I bought some Aquila ammo for my M03 a few years ago, then I was advised not to shoot it since it is a 2nd year rifle with the bronze firing pin. So I bought a box of 1915 collector ammo, close as I could get to 1904, and never shot it. It’s a 95%+ rifle. I have 2 M63’s and they are pretty much the same. Big Larry

 

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Can you let me know if this one has a bronze firing pin ? Serial#113493 I use to know what year it was but forgot….Think it was 27

 

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Can you let me know if this one has a bronze firing pin ? Serial#113493 I use to know what year it was but forgot….Think it was 27

 

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Steve, my rifle is # 8493 with a PR of 1-1904. Our own Mr. Hartman may be able to give you a PR date.

JWA can tell you if yours is steel or not. Yours is a pretty high number for a bronze firing pin.   Big Larry

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Can you let me know if this one has a bronze firing pin ? Serial#113493 I use to know what year it was but forgot….Think it was 27

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February 1924, and No, it does not have a bronze firing pin.

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Does anyone know when Winchester or Aguila makes those special runs of ammo for the .22 win auto ammo for the 1903 ????? Or does anyone know of a reasonable place to pick up any?  I know when Target Sports has it, it is somewhat reasonable for today’s prices. I have a few boxes left that I had to pay $18 a box for. Better than not having any at all.

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My friend just sold 2 boxes of 22 auto at the Vegas gun show for $30 each and was told that was too cheap.  He may have some more and I could ask. No promises.

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Does anyone know when Winchester or Aguila makes those special runs of ammo for the .22 win auto ammo for the 1903 ????? Or does anyone know of a reasonable place to pick up any?  I know when Target Sports has it, it is somewhat reasonable for today’s prices. I have a few boxes left that I had to pay $18 a box for. Better than not having any at all.

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My friend just sold 2 boxes of 22 auto at the Vegas gun show for $30 each and was told that was too cheap.  He may have some more and I could ask. No promises.

  

As a collector, I paid $150 for a minty box of 1915 dated Winchester ammo in a sealed box. Could not find a 1904 dated box to match my M1903. Big Larry

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Based on the above posts my 1903 probably won’t be fired while I own it. If I wanted to pay silly prices for rimfire ammo I’d buy an 1866 and blow ALL my retirement funds.

 

 

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Can you let me know if this one has a bronze firing pin ? Serial#113493 I use to know what year it was but forgot….Think it was 27

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Steve,

February 1924, and No, it does not have a bronze firing pin.

Bert

  

So my rifle must have been made at the tail end of production for the 1903’s… I suppose I should go pick up some more of the ones I found for $18 a box. They were Winchester brand..

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Steve,

I would not classify it as being at the “tail end” of the production run. Per the Winchester PR records, the last Model 03 was S/N 126211 on September 8th, 1932 (8.5 years after your rifle).

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Steve,

I would not classify it as being at the “tail end” of the production run. Per the Winchester PR records, the last Model 03 was S/N 126211 on September 8th, 1932 (8.5 years after your rifle).

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