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1884 Stock Markings

Posted by OTTO LEINHAUSER on Monday, 9 January 2017, at 12:03 p.m.

The cartouche on my ram rod bayonet rifle is 1992 so I'm aware it is a very late model but the rifling is very good and off hand it shoots black powder cast bullets in a 6 inch group at 100 yards.

I've read many of the post regarding stock markings. The heal is crisply stamped vertically "B8" and on the right side it is stamped "69". Both stampings appear to have been filled in with an orange or red filler, most of which is now gone. However directly below the "69" there well worn are barely readable 'raised' numerals "169". The wood grain is physically raised.

I've never read about anything like this. Why would anyone go to the time and effort to do this and how would this have been performed? Anyone heard of this before?

Thank you everyone for your comments.


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