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    Savage marking's?

    My Savage has some markings on I'd like to know more about. On the receiver is a stamping "BDF". On the butt stock socket there is a "B" and a "J". On the side of the butt stock is "OW", and along the underside of the grip is "M, 9, and W". Any ideas? Thanks for any help!

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    BDF usually stands for Belize Defense Force. Springfield Armory may be an importer's marking.

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    Thanks for the help breakeyp. I was mostly sure on the Springfield. It's stamped Geneseo, IL on the end of the barrel and that's where SA is located. I'll throw a little google-fu at Belize Defense Force and see what I can find.

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    The meaning of the 'B' is presently unknown, but we do know, from the Savage-Stevens operation routing sheets, that it was applied as one of the very last operations before cleaning and packing.

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    As far as I am concerned[alot will disagree].the B on the butt socket means it is a Replacement action. S

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    Thanks for the help S. I was wondering if any of these were FTR stamps. The bolt and magazine #'s don't match the receiver #, but everything else but the ladder sight has the square S stamp. The sight has a B which I think is a BSA replacement sight.
    I also found the Belize Defense Force on Facebook and messaged them but haven't got a reply to if their unit were ever issued Enfields. Doubtful as the unit was formed in 1978.
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    The extensive pitting certainly fits with service in a place like Belize, and a lack of proper storage.

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