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1895 .30 US MOD 1903
December 31, 2019
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Hello again, Fellow Winchester folks,

 I have an 1895 that is stamped on top of the barrel  .30 US MOD 1903. Is this a 30:40 Krag, or is this a .303 calibre very different from the British .303 ?

I have never fired this gun, and it is in good shape. The s/n is 60612, and it has a schnabel fore arm with an ebony insert.

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Ray Stark

December 31, 2019
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Hello Ray,

It is neither a 30-40 Krag, or a 303 British.  Instead, it is the 30-03 Government, which was the predecessor to the 30-06 Government.  The 30-03 is identical to the 30-06 except it has a slightly longer neck (for the 220-grain bullet it was made for).  A 30-06 cartridge will interchange with a 30-03, but a 30-03 will not fully seat in a 30-06 chambered rifle due to its slightly longer neck length.

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December 31, 2019
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Thanks again Bert !

 Will a 30-06 fire safely from this gun ?

 

Ray

December 31, 2019
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raystark@outlook.com said 
Will a 30-06 fire safely from this gun ?
 

Sure... if you first attach a slip-on recoil pad over the crescent butt-plate it probably has! 

December 31, 2019
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Bert H. said
Hello Ray,

It is neither a 30-40 Krag, or a 303 British.  Instead, it is the 30-03 Government, which was the predecessor to the 30-06 Government.  The 30-03 is identical to the 30-06 except it has a slightly longer neck (for the 220-grain bullet it was made for).  A 30-06 cartridge will interchange with a 30-03, but a 30-03 will not fully seat in a 30-06 chambered rifle due to its slightly longer neck length.

Bert  

That's right. I have one. I thought everyone knew about these. I guess that's what this site is all about. So we can learn something new to us.

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December 31, 2019
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raystark@outlook.com said
Thanks again Bert !

 Will a 30-06 fire safely from this gun ?

 

Ray  

Yes it will.  Best accuracy will result if you shoot 175-grain or heavier 30-06 loads though.

 Bert

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