The good news is, it is what it is, and all matched. The bad news, Bubba did a number on it. Stock looks like it was scraped with a piece of glass. Poorly. Glass works very well for stripping paint/varnish, and is very non invasive, if you know what you're doing. Rope hole was filled with wood filler. Metal parts show evidence of black paint. Wood butt plate is painted black, so the whole rifle may have been painted? Serial number is higher than the highest recorded, for having a plum knob. (according to MROJ 5th). Two-piece forend.
39124 was the latest with the plum knob bolt handle, but yes with 2000 rifles from the end it is one scarce version to locate. Mine looks like it was lightly varnished, but at less than 90 bucks who was i to complain.Vicasoto
Thanks or all the info guys. No DC grooves on this one. Don, you know me well... I am a hopeless cheapskate. I'm afraid Vic has me beat. I had to pay the full $90.00 for this one.:thumbsup: Could someone post a picture or two of what the stock should look like? I remember hearing of a production varnish/stain, thats a close match. What mfg. and number?
Don, that's a clear-cut case of DUH! Simplest solution first. Thanks. Pulled the handguard. Color inside, is just a tad darker, than outside. Looks like they added very little color, to the varnish. Should be an easy fix.
Should they all have chatter marks on the wrist? Wish I woulda paid closer attention to the ones at Roys! This one looks like it may have had them, and maybe not? Hard to tell. If so, putting them back will be an interesting challenge.