I just bought for $725? Serial # 8741, bbl date, 6-07. It's just missing the front sight blade and middle barrel band, (correct replacement parts are on the way), otherwise it's in nice condition and has an excellent bore.
The rifle has not been up-graded or modified since the original arsenal change over from the Rod bayonet 30-03 cal. configuration. The RB pattern was recalled and no longer authorized and before Rock Island made any RB rifles, the parts that were already manufactured that were to be to be used for the RB rifle along with a new 30-06 barrel and stock were assembled into this rifle. It has all the correct early parts, the no bolt, high wood stock, still has the split rear sight base, also a early no sight groove hand guard, the small rear sight wheel and the Platinum rear sight line on the slider. The only negative is that the stock has been cleaned or boned which removed any visible date on the cartouche but the Rectangle box is still visible. Over all a pretty good bargain for a fairly scarce early Rock Island rifle. Bought it from a nice gentleman who said he bought a better one. Ray