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Re: Real or repro
Posted by John (S) on Saturday, 16 August 2014, at 1:50 a.m., in response to Real or repro, posted by Bill on Friday, 15 August 2014, at 4:40 p.m.
My opinion is that the inletting tool marks do not appear to be consistent with SA machining practices, but appear more like pantograph stock duplicating machinery marks mixed with some handwork. I also do not like the shoulder or step in the forend where the band seats. That is usually sharp and precise, which is not what I see here.
The extremely clean screw slots and lack of gunk accumulated between the butt plate and the wood suggests that the butt plate has been off the wood in recent times, yet the seller coyly denies knowledge if there are holes in the butt, one of the really big deals in carbine stocks. When asked what is there he just says he has not checked, when two minutes work would provide an answer. Hiding something or just lazy?
The cartouche looks great, but too great. The assorted dings in the wood just look artificial to me.
Others mileage may vary.
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