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R&D 103......One from the skunk works.

WeatherbyWeatherby Senior MemberPosts: 4,953 Senior Member
What were they thinking with this ?
Barrel is 26" long and .900 at the end.
I don't know savage rimfires well anyone recognize the bolt type, safety mag etc. ?
I don't recall seeing anything quite like it.

I do want to test it out though.
I nicknamed it the Beast.

Oh it is only a 22 LR


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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    I don't know, but the way that stock is made you had better round up some ammo and go shooting. It looks serious.
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    I don't know, but the way that stock is made you had better round up some ammo and go shooting. It looks serious.

    I just hopped on the scale with it Mike and got somewhere between 11-12 pounds
    .
    don't think I'll be taking long walks with it. 

  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,546 Senior Member
    Nice!!! Glad you finally have it in hand.

    Sako
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    sakodude said:
    Nice!!! Glad you finally have it in hand.

    Sako
    Thanks Brother.....any ideas on it you know savage some.
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,546 Senior Member
    Stock looks familiar, maybe there military training .22, don't recall the model. Otherwise, not a clue. Got to love a good mystery gun though.

    Sako
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,573 Senior Member
    Looks like a built .22 to me.  The trigger guard looks Mossberg.  Suggest you post this photo on Savageshooters.com

    They know it all about Savages.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    Gene L said:
    Looks like a built .22 to me.  The trigger guard looks Mossberg.  Suggest you post this photo on Savageshooters.com

    They know it all about Savages.
    Ill probably do that Gene.
    The barrel is marked Savage and Westfield,Ma.
  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,767 Senior Member
    Trigger guard, basic bolt design, basic receiver design, and magazine release are really close looking to a Stevens Model 34.  Is this a factory job or someones custom build?
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    edited January 2019 #10
    mitdr774 said:
    Trigger guard, basic bolt design, basic receiver design, and magazine release are really close looking to a Stevens Model 34.  Is this a factory job or someones custom build?
    I don't really know yet.
    With the R&D on the receiver I'm thinking a factory experiment. They did keep a ledger of R&D guns numbered/stamped like this.
  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,767 Senior Member
    Must be my eyes, but when i enlarge the picture it looks like a PD and not a RD stamped infront of the 103.
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    Not a great picture but it is an R
    The right leg is a bit weaker stamped
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    mitdr774 It does look similar to a model 34 thanks
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    I think the shape of the trigger guard and the safety shape/position are a style of time period. I have a 22cal JC Higgins that is of similar style.

    It may be indicative that the rifle has see through mounts but no front sight???
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    yes no front sight
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    I don't think so the front sight is just removed

  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,573 Senior Member
    The trigger guard does look like a JC Higgens from the 60s.  It would be interesting to know the rifle's history.

    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,739 Senior Member
    What's the underside look like?
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  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,739 Senior Member
    That thing looks like a Stevens model 34 got freaky with a Marlin model 80 and a Squires Bingham model 16!

    Stevens model 34


    Marlin model 80


    Squires Bingham model 16 (Armscorp formerly Kasnar)



    This is an interesting statement about the Ranger model 103-2.
    This is a vintage rimfire bolt action rifle made by Marlin for Sears & Roebuck to be sold under their Ranger trade name before they started using the name J.C. Higgins. It's sister, the Marlin Model 80, was made as a promotional rifle for recreational shooting. -- Gun Auction.Com


    Hmm? I'll have to look into it further.


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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    Just for the sake of curiosity, tomorrow I'll check my rifles for any RD stamp at the barrels rear. 
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    Spk said:
    What's the underside look like?
    Not sure exactly where asking about but part of it.


  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,496 Senior Member
    If you got Mad Dogs attention with it, you do have something special! It look's like some sort of Anshutz hybrid!! It's getting difficult to like you anymore !! :)
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    Big Al1 said:
    If you got Mad Dogs attention with it, you do have something special! It look's like some sort of Anshutz hybrid!! It's getting difficult to like you anymore !! :)
    Who told you dat ?.....lol
    I was kind of thinking the same about anschuz with one of their single shots IIRC.
    May be from around the time they started importing them ?
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,496 Senior Member
    I went to the Savage forum to research it and there you were!! :)

    MD is the MAN on that forum!!
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    That sure looks like a dedicated target model rifle from the barrel size and that adjustable hand stop/sling swivel on the forearm. Whatever it is, it looks like you got a .22 with some serious potential for accuracy! I LIKE IT! You also suck.  :p
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    Here's the style on my JC Higgins. No joy on RD. I think its an inpecters mark. My Marlin and the picured rifle have a differen two letter stamp at the same location.


  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    edited January 2019 #28
    tennmike said:
    That sure looks like a dedicated target model rifle from the barrel size and that adjustable hand stop/sling swivel on the forearm. Whatever it is, it looks like you got a .22 with some serious potential for accuracy! I LIKE IT! You also suck.  :p
    Thanks Mike
    Looks to me like something you and CPJ would throw together.
    Btw the trigger is light and crisp with no take up I expect some pretty good results at the range.....even with me behind it.
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    I took the scope off this is where the barrel meets the action.



    The barrel stamp



    A better picture of bolt




  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    Aren't you getting excited to shoot it yet???? :)
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    edited January 2019 #31
    Aren't you getting excited to shoot it yet???? :)
    I am...……. that's why I bought it.

    Trying not to dry fire it is bad enough.

    If it's not a total tack driver I figure it will be easy to get my money back.
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