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    Default Depot Rifle w/ byf 41 & WaA359 Stock

    Interesting Rifle, and curious your thoughts.

    First, parts orig to the byf41
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    Next, the stock w/ WaA 359 (someone X it out), and is
    numbered inside and out.

    Of note:
    Handguard is E/214 and walnut and numbered inside.
    Buttplate was used before (E/623), and cancelled and renumbered.
    Stock has a small E/280 in the RS wood
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    Barrel: Geco w/ 0,2 and 7,9 on the shank
    SN font is different on the barrel v. rec'r.
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    Wondering about the '9' or '6' used...

    1. See bottom of receiver
    2. On the trigger guard peaking out under the bolt in the pic
    3. Used to cancel the old sn on buttplate?
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    Default Great Find Bob!

    I luv these Depot or Werkzug guns. They break alot paradigms and often throw alot folks off their scent resulting in them often being bargains for a truly righteous 98K.

    You do find some sweet stuff!!

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    Bob,

    The picture byfdepot_01 - what is this marking? Doesn't really look e/280 to me? Where is it located?

    I agree with M22, these are the coolest of the rifle variations and can be gotten for a fraction of their value!


    Quote Originally Posted by Bob in OHIO View Post
    Next, the stock w/ WaA 359 (someone X it out), and is

    numbered inside and out.

    Of note:
    Handguard is E/214 and walnut and numbered inside.
    Buttplate was used before (E/623), and cancelled and renumbered.

    Stock has a small E/280 in the RS wood

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    I have seen them use other than "x" before, in both eras, and this was probably just the same used for the "9" in the serial on the buttplate- better than using a "2" or "3"?

    One of the things that make these interesting is the individuality of the armorer, circumstances, period involved. They were not in the formal setting of a factory, following the strictest practices (needed for mass production), and you see little variations to each rifle.

    Usually you can tell this was just expedience, with less concern for neatness or formality, - get it in and out quickly and efficiently. Something that humpers haven't grasped yet- they didn't do a lot of extra markings, or especially neat work that would have taken time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob in OHIO View Post
    Wondering about the '9' or '6' used...


    1. See bottom of receiver
    2. On the trigger guard peaking out under the bolt in the pic

    3. Used to cancel the old sn on buttplate?

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    BiO, looks to me like a "classic" depot rework/repair, rebarreled, refinished (period to the rework) with a cannibalized stock from another weapon, and mostly the original parts placed back on the rifle. I agree completely with the above comments. Neat piece BiO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimsonSuhl View Post
    Bob,

    The picture byfdepot_01 - what is this marking? Doesn't really look e/280 to me? Where is it located?

    I agree with M22, these are the coolest of the rifle variations and can be gotten for a fraction of their value!
    Thx gents...

    SS- The E/280?? ... it's on the right side below the TDD , small and where I have seen Su marked before on Wayne's marked trainer.... just can't really make it out very well. Will look again.

    This was a train wreck when I bought it. Someone had taken it ALL apart and they had trouble getting the recoil lug + bayo lug back together. For how it was and where it was and the condition it is, plus the turds in the barrel... it wasn't the blue light special you'd think. The unsanded wood, the proof in the RS, matched bolt helped make the wallet snap open.

    The spring for the rear sight is early .... like E/132 and the recoil lug has a box proof. A real mix of parts... the used (Steyr) buttplate was slapped on a new armors stock IMO. Odd how the Geco blue took a hit while the receiver stayed decent through two barrels.

    Any signficance to both the 0,2 + 7,9 on the barrel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob in OHIO View Post
    Any signficance to both the 0,2 + 7,9 on the barrel?
    0,2 = rebarrel. cool rifle BiO

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