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Re: Barrel Markings
Posted by D Miller on Thursday, 3 August 2017, at 10:40 a.m., in response to Barrel Markings, posted by THOMAS E BORDERS on Thursday, 3 August 2017, at 12:32 a.m.
Hello Tom. The cartouche (SWP 1882) on the stock designates a final inspection and stands for Samuel W. Porter and was applied in 1882 when the rifle was assembled. If your rifle is all correct the serial number should fall somewhere between 170,000 and 195,000. The V is a viewing proof of acceptance. The P after it designates the barrel assembly has been gauged and inspected. The eagle head is applied after final polishing but before finishing. The next P designates the assembled barrel and action are proof fired with a special proof cartridge. This P may show raised or rolled edges since it was applied after final finishing. A circled P rear of the trigger plate on the stock designates a final firing proof of the assembled rifle. On the bottom of the barrel there should be a P designating the barrel blank had been proof fired. Below it should be a tilde (~) designating a second proof of the blank. A second P was used on earlier barrels instead of the tilde. Below that may be a number designating the inspector that performed the proof. I hope this helps.
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