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Has the Winchester "W" "P" overlapping proof mark been the same since it’s inception (?) in 1901 ? Any difference in an original stamp proof on a new gun versus a returned gun stamped during it’s rework at the factory ?

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The superposed "W" "P" proof mark was introduced in the year 1905, not 1901.

No, it has not been changed through the years.

Returned & reworked Winchesters were only stamped with the proof mark when a new or reworked barrel was installed.

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Blueliner

Keep in mind that Winchester did possess more than just one sole stamp. And therefore its easy to understand why two different proof marks on the same gun might appear different. Also the differences in pressures applied per stamp could make a difference in appearance.

Also keep in mind that there are plenty of newly made / faked proof stamps floating out there in the cosmos!

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Blueliner In response to your PM you sent me, as for some reason I’m not sure if my response was sent back as I kept receiving an error message.

No not really as the topic has been discussed in length in the past. Unless your referring to your rifle and believe it to have a faked proof marks. Which I and others see day to day. They are usually easy to spot.

Would help the discussion further along if you would post some pics of your rifle’s markings. Then a better opinion could be offered up by all.

Best of luck with your rifle.

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