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    My First Ross. What are the numbers on the bolt? Serial number?

    I picked up a sporterized MKII 3* in .303 Brit at a local gun show this last weekend. No serial number is visible on the rifle. Stock has been sanded to the point nothing readable is visible. There what look like acceptance stamps here and there on the metal bits. No markings under or on the butt plate.
    The only thing that I've found that looks like serial number(s) were on the bolt body and on the bolt itself, both 4 digit numbers.
    Other info:
    Original sights are intact and in fine working order.
    Barrel cut to 22" with good, sharp rifling.
    No extra holes drilled in it.
    The magazine cutoff dingus part that hangs into the trigger guard has been hacked off, but the rest is there. Might be repairable with some welding.
    Small wood section behind the rear sight is marked/scratched 3* underneath.
    Shoots fine, bulges the brass at the neck something fierce.
    Trigger breaks at ~3lb on my digital gauge
    All the sling loops are gone
    This is the first Ross I can recall ever seeing in person, and I bought it on the spot since I love straight pull guns. Already have a K31icon & Steyr. One more gun and I'll fill a row in my rifle rack with straight pulls.
    I'll post some pictures later if anyone wants to see it.

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    Now for a Lee Navy... Sure, let's have a look at it.
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    Congratulations spencerhut, welcome to the "Ross crack heads" fraternity. Is the knox form of the barrel of your rifle stamped E or LC? This would indicate the chamber has been modified. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures.
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    Military Ross rifles have serial numbers stamped in the buttstock wood and not in the metal. One exception would be the Chileanicon DA marked M10 Rosses.

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    Nice rifle . But be warned these old rifles are very addictive . Drugs , booze ain't got nothing compared to these you will be wanting another one , then want a 1910 , then a K31icon straight pull to go with it then a Steyr M95 . It will never stop .

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    Yeah, I already have a bunch. Including a K31icon and a Steyr . . . among others.

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    Congrats on the purchase. A piece of history there.

    Yup, the Mk II Ross rifles tend to really blow out the shoulders on brass.

    The remains of a C-broad arrow Canadianicon military ownership mark is just visible just ahead of the buttplate on the right side, and the ghosts of the serial number are also visible on the buttstock. Try shining a 'black light' (UV-A lamp) on it. You might raise the contrast enough to read the serial. Markings will be in the format of

    ###
    ------- AA
    ####

    Any remains of a U.S.-stamped 'flaming bomb' and serial # on the underside of the butt behind the trigger guard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RangeRover View Post
    Any remains of a U.S.-stamped 'flaming bomb' and serial # on the underside of the butt behind the trigger guard?
    I see nothing. Bubba sanded it REAL GOOOOD

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    Ol' Bubba sure done a fine job there; think how proud he must 'a bin!

    I can see an 8 or 9 that would be the end of 1908 or 1909, that an a C Broad Arrow.

    The Quebec inspection stamp: crown over I over Q is associated with target rifles, either military or civilian or both, at least that is my impression over the years.

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