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Proof marks on 1894 trapper
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These proof marks look fishy to me–see photo #10.  Shouldn’t they match since they should have been applied at the same time?  The proof mark on the receiver looks completely wrong (missing the “P” completely, the “W” looks way off, and the overall stamp is the wrong size) and a gun with a 41805 serial number shouldn’t even have proof marks unless it was sent back to the factory for rework after 1905, right?  Every Winchester I have with proof marks match each other.  Also, in the same photo it looks like the original caliber marking on the top of the barrel behind the rear sight has been ground off with the caliber stamping moved to the side by bubba.  Maybe this one of those made-up trappers with a non-original barrel, etc???  I’m not interested in this rifle, but just looking to test my skills at identifying a fake.  What do the experts think?

http://www.gunsinternational.com/guns-for-sale-online/rifles/winchester-rifles-model-1894-pre-64/antique-winchester-1894-trapper-with-15-quot-bbl.cfm?gun_id=100807106

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The text in the last pic notes that the gun has an 1895 receiver fitted with a post 1906 barrel….

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Tedk said
The text in the last pic notes that the gun has an 1895 receiver fitted with a post 1906 barrel….  

Thanks Ted.  I missed that part of the listing.  It still looks to me that someone attempted to fake the proof mark on the receiver.

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