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Hey, guys.. new member, very pleased to be here! Just a few lines about one of favorite rifles, and an invite for opinions. I have a very nice late war CE 44 98, J.P. Sauer and Sohn, with almost all matching numbers from stem to stern except for one exception. The number on the bolt handle/bolt body doesn't, but the gas shield and safety on the bolt DO match! bolt number is only a few digits off the rest of the rifle, like the bolt body came fairly close when it was assembled. I suspect an armorer's repair, as thought the original bolt may have had a flaw of sort, the gas shield and saftey were pulled off, and added to the next bolt body in line. It's a vet bring back, and like the orange juice, is simply unfooled around with! Close to all matching, but no cigar!
 

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Misstamps happen. I have a C96 Broomhandle from 1916 which has serial numbers ending in 996 on EVERY numbered part except the sear, which was numbered 896.

I figure the mismatch is far more likely the fault of Fritz with the stamps at the factory having a bad day rather than a mismatch part that arrived later.
 

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Post pictures please.
I'll get some pics as soon as I can. The rifle came from another collector club member selling it at a gun show, and he got it from anotherbgun show, so any history on this gun is pretty much nonexistent. I'msatisfied that the original bolt no longer exists, especially since two of it's major parts are on the bolt I have already. Should be able to provide pics in about two weeks. Thanks
 
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