Thanks for reading!
I bought a low serial number Springfield 1903 knowing the risk of failure warnings due to faulty metalurical methods back in the early 1900s.
Question: Does anyone know if these same metalurical practices were used in the fabrication of other Springfield chambers, such as Krag or Trap Door rifles? It would seem if the procedures were the same that failures in those rifles would also be noted. It causes me to wonder if the 1903 failures were the result of a perfect storm between the fabrication techniques and perhaps inconsistent ammo QA creating over pressures.
Failure rate for the low serial number rifles is 4.13%, or a total of 33 failures for 800,000 rifles.
I enjoy my great old rifle but will not fire anything but Rememington Managed Recoil ammo. Any thoughts?