Really appreciate the info! I’m curious about the marks on the stock but perhaps we’ll never know.Savage (USA) produced No.4 Mk1* that went to England and went though a FTR (Factory Through Refurbishment) before being sold out of service. British Nitro Proof. BSW 4 53 is something unknown to me. 75C serial is I think 43 production, but I'm not 100% on that.
The furniture seems to be a replacement, minus maybe the handguards. The black peeling paint on the metal is British Suncorite, not something original to Savage. Probably applied in the FTR process. The made in USA stamp is something new to me as well, so maybe an older import, pre 68? Interesting that it retained the simplified milled sight after FTR, as many were replaced with a micrometer sight, or at least the stamped adjustable sight.
FTR= Factory Thorough Repair
(Buttstock)- BW/S4= Base workshops, southern command
53, most likely the overhaul date
My Savage has black paint but no FTR code. What was the finish when a #4 left the Savage factory? Thanks. JeffI'd have bought it , Suncorite alone signals post war FTR since Savage did not use this paint on its rifles. Never seen Made in USA but agree its a pre 68 rifle. FTR on wood has me stumped. All matching # and Suncorite trumps everything for me.
And, do we know where / when that was FTR'd ? (if it was).