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What makes you think the forend is original? I’m not challenging , I’m really curious , because I agonized over a correct forend on my 2c serial Savage project. I had a thread on that.

Here I’m seeing high wood and what looks like a multi character manufacturers mark at the wrist. It’s unreadable , but it’s not the single character squared S of a savage stock. That’s why I don’t think it’s original . The wood itself, I can’t tell what it is , but I would expect walnut for early rifles , then birch.
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For comparison purposes would you like to see a couple of less than great photos of a Savage No. 4 Mk 1 that remains in its original as-manufactured and as issued condition?

About fifteen years ago I purchased a very nice early Savage and I remember taking good, well lit photos. But, having just searched, I can't find them. :mad:

The only photos I did find were the quick shots I took immediately upon coming home from the gun show. My practice has always been to document my gun show finds and these photos were taken inside with a flash just to help me remember the day. Simple full length shots of the four rifles I purchased without any closeups of markings or small details. The images of the Savage stock and forearm are good, but not great.

I'll be glad to post them if you feel it would assist you in resolving your questions. Please post if you want to see the photos.
 
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I always get embarrassed when I post low resolution, poorly lit photos, so I'll apologize ahead of time. Here are the four rifles I got at a show circa 2004, back when nice things could be easily found. The Mosins and the Savage were all in the $125 to $175 range. You new guys don't want to know what I paid for the last piece. 😉





 
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I have another, early, 1942 No. 4 Mk 1, but unfortunately the previous owner felt the need to strip it down to it's lowest part, and "freshen" it. Nasty. I feel nasty that I bought it. Patina is history.,

I'll post pics of it later tonight.
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And sorry that a fool got his hands on that rifle before you did.
 
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