01-28-2009 10:12 PM
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kjohn, Really, this site can determine the year of manufacture. I read where there are two digits blacked out. 0CXXXX would be a Mk.I. I don't see a bolthead release behind the charger guide so yours is a Mk.I*. 99C9999 is the last of the first block. After 99C9999 S-S restarted with a 0 block, but with five digits, 0C00001.
Some S-S action bodies were dated even tho' the practice was generally discontinued and rifles with 90CXXXX have had a 1944 date. S-S stopped manufacture around mid 1944. Your rifle was manufactured in 1944.
Last edited by bradtx; 01-29-2009 at 08:49 PM.