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Old 10-17-2019, 09:38 PM
fourbore fourbore is offline
 
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Default Helpand information Smith Corona 1903A3

I found a rifle for sale and I need to act fast or let it go. This is my best recollection with no notes or photos. Smith Corona 4 million serial number. The stock looks unissued and correct for WWII SC build. It has an OG stamp on the butt. The metal parts all look right and mint. The odd thing to me is the barrel SC 64 and flaming bomb. The rifling has 4 grooves.

I dont get the 1964 barrel. That seems very late. Can anyone explain what is up with a 1964 barrel? Is this expected, normal, odd or rare? That is a very darn recent date.
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Old 10-17-2019, 11:53 PM
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I would guess a 1944 date. Maybe the stamp has been damaged.
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Old 10-18-2019, 05:43 AM
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So; you think, no such thing as a 1964 SC barrel? The '6' is sharp and clear. Is it a reasonable guess the tool for barrel stamping(rolling) was setup wrong? The marking and bomb were closer to 1 o'clock than 12 o'clock. That barrel machining and parkerizing looked correct and consistant. Maybe I can sneak a photo. I am 99% sure, the month was missing. Only "64" dated.

Month 6, partial year 4 ?

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Old 10-18-2019, 07:11 AM
Rick the Librarian Rick the Librarian is offline
 
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No "64"-dated SC barrels - either it was misstamped damaged or changed by a former owner.
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Old 10-18-2019, 08:02 AM
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Thanks guys. I may take another look. I was secretly hoping I found a holy grail SC. Not today then.
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Old 10-18-2019, 08:10 PM
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My guesstimate is that the worker at High Standard (Smith-Corona's barrel supplier) failed to rotate the stamping die the full revolution. So the barrel date is 6 4x where "x" is the missing digit which, in this case, would be a "3".


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