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is there any way to ascertain if the stock is original to the rifle or not , i do not see a S/N in the trough , it has a 1936 JP Sauer S/147 residing in it , i was just curious if the rifle was purchased as a sporting rifle or was later fitted to the rifle , its not ornate , no checkering , just the cheek weld on the butt , butt plate says Bishop , thank you
 

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Many k98k's got turned into sporting rifles by previous owners over the last 76 years since the end of the war. Original stocks would have the s/n inside the barrel channel until late in 1944 till the end of the war. Many of those original stocks later got sporterized, and many rifles got aftermarket supplied sporting stocks. A photo of the stock will normally confirm if it was originally a K98k stock, or a commercial stock. As noted though, your stock in question sounds like a commercial stock. Photos needed to confirm.
 

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E.C. Bishop was a postwar American stockmaker located in Warsaw, Missouri who sold many types of inexpensive stocks.
Some were "pre-fitted", or 98% completed - almost a "drop-in, tighten it up" arrangement for many different makes of rifles. The plain lumber you've described is likely 1 of this type.
 
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