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Originally posted by A square 10 A square 10 wrote:

i agree , save i think it 43 , nice rifle - if its original you have a keeper 


I thought is was a 43, but having 'blown up' the picture it now looks (to me) like a 45.

That's the problem with poorly struck markings they can be interpreted in different ways by different eyes.

I think another thing in the favour of it being a 45 it the scrubbed action and the quality of the markings - that is only consistent with the second run of production in 45.

This is what I see



There is 'damage' on the marking and it all looks blurred (like the ShtLE III)
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Originally posted by The Armourer The Armourer wrote:

Originally posted by A square 10 A square 10 wrote:

i agree , save i think it 43 , nice rifle - if its original you have a keeper 


I thought is was a 43, but having 'blown up' the picture it now looks (to me) like a 45.

That's the problem with poorly struck markings they can be interpreted in different ways by different eyes.

I think another thing in the favour of it being a 45 is the scrubbed action and the quality of the markings - that is only consistent with the second run of production in 45.

This is what I see



There is 'damage' on the marking and it all looks blurred (like the ShtLE III)
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Sorry. It's 0515 hrs here and I cannot get back to sleep.
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goosic , thats how i saw it but armorer i could be wrong 

FWIW - my old eyes are less than reliable these days unless i can magnify and really scrutinize , 
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