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    Posted: 02 September 2019 at 22:34
So I have that 03-A3 and it needs some work, too much work for what it really is. So I kinda have this iideer pop into mu noggin and it's gonna make some scream. The action needs the slop removed anyway so I may as well get a new bolt, face, pin, spring, trigger, safety, buff and polished , nickle-boron coated innards and a cerekote exterior. Barrel is a war relic/tomato stake, so then there is the choice of a new caliber....26 Nosler keeps coming to mind. Something like a 26" fluted barrel in a heavy contour. Well after all that the stock is scratched up and well worn, so after all that, why not throw that firewood away and slap that rocket into a chassis and stick some big lenses on it? Then I realize, somewhere a purist is about to have a coronary....maybe it's just there time to go anyhow....might very well be my gunsmith that does. Good idea or not?
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I think that sounds like a great way to bring an 03-A3 back to life. 

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My question is why? If you're going to all that, why start with 03 receiver, there's better ones available?

If it was me, I'd sell the 03 and put sale's money towards a rifle like this and have about same $ invested.
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That ridgeline is 2k! I already own the 03-A3 and it's not worth much in the shape it's in. About 500 in the action and bolt work including the coatings, 3-4 in a barrel, around a K in the chassis. Little less but it's then a chassis setup that I like more then any synthetic stock. Money saved would go towards the glass and another TSOB set. It's kinda one of those things....you hate to get rid of, but you can't justify the resto. Hate to throw out a usable action though, so if it comes to whether or not to throw the money out to make it a usable, should I go the modernized route or restore it and just hope for the best? A restored 03 still isn't worth much, but the chassis rigs have a following that would at least if I had to part with it, I'd get some return.
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Sell it as is, to someone who wants, one to build off of, for vintage sniper game and get a rifle from this millennial. You try to sell a used chassis rifle, with 03-A3 action, chambered in 26 Nosler and other than the laughter, you won't get much interest.

To me, unless the rifle has a personal connection, move on. It's your rifle, do what makes you happy.
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Your right....only connection I really have is it's here and I hate to see an action sitting still. Move it along time and grab an action a bit tighter to start with. I do know of a certain European rifle laying around in a safe nearby....I wonder if my B-I-L will notice it's missing?
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I have to agree with Robert. 

Another suggestion that my gunsmith recommended was to go to Walmart and buy a 700 Remington for around $350. That's cheaper than buying an action from Remington. Use that to build on. You could possibly sell the stock, barrel, and trigger and recoup a little of what you have in the gun. Triggers and chassis are plentiful for the 700 Remington. And probably cheaper than an 03 A3

Just a thought. 

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