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#573518 06/08/20 05:18 PM
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I was looking on proxibid over the weekend and saw this replica of Theodore Roosevelt's first 1903 sporter

Roosevelt 1903

then I found this video

Kermit's 1903


It would be nice if someone did a run of stocks like on these rifles.

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Would love to purchase a stock like this. This would be a neat rifle to replicate for sure.

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Originally Posted By: PhysDoc

It would be nice if someone did a run of stocks like on these rifles.

Curious Fred, why?

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Originally Posted By: LRF
Originally Posted By: PhysDoc

It would be nice if someone did a run of stocks like on these rifles.

Curious Fred, why?


I would like to have a sporter, like what Roosevelt and his son carried. The nice thing about this stock, is that it isn't particularly fancy, sights and butt plate are readily available.

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Having a sporter like Roosevelt carries would be cool.

On a different level though, one must take into account that his sporter was likely the FIRST 1903 Sporter. Pretty dang close to it at least.

As a collector of 1903 sporters, this is basically a must have!

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I feel the same way. The Great American Gun Stock company used to make stocks imitating Wundhammer, Griffin Howe, and other classic styles. The stock, that Roosevelt had, wasn't particularly fancy. No elaborate checkering patterns, relatively straight grained walnut, a fairly common butt plate, kind of a long forend though.

How many members of the forum think similarly?

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I don't like barrel bands or long forends on most any sport configured rifle, but a few seem to pull it off. The proportions strike me as pleasing, easily making me want a closer look. I'm not an '03 fan in particular, but if I stumbled on the right project barreled action, this style of stock would interest me more than to end up with an American style classic sporter.

I like this example rifle. The wood grain, checkering, level of metal prep, good apparent fit and finish all say good stuff to me, not plain. For me, the whole package pulls it off, not just the stock, and they don't make 'em like that any more. I fairly recently saw an old timey group picture where one of the fellows was holding a Winchester single shot with that same forend, barrel band treatment, makes me want to dig around and see if I can find it again.

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https://www.doublegunshop.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=37974&page=2

I would have to agree with the late Michael Petrov. Stuart Edward White's Springfield is/was the classic "African Springfield".

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White's Springfield was built by Ludwig Wundhammer, who was the master at converting Springfields in the early days. I was lucky enough to have been the owner of one of Wundhammer's Springfields, and the design and workmanship were impeccable, surpassed only by Griffin and Howe in the 1930's.

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Although I appreciate history, and would enjoy owning an original done like Roosevelt's; I have no desire to build a replica myself. A barrel band doesn't interest me at all beyond the historical provenance those guns have.

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