Proof Mark Forensics

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    I have been chasing this 218 BEE for some time now and have decided to let it go based on the information I believe to be true. Fore end has been added as well.The proof marks appear to be forged, not the proof marks on the receiver but the barrel. . Regardless there are a number of issues with barrel proof marks namely the:
    The barrel profile looks a lot like a sako .
    Regardless of the proof marks it could still be an early 218 sako barrel that has been proof marked by a
    1. Stamping indentation depth is varied (noticeable when magnified)
    2. The marks look like they may have been engraved.
    3. The lettering has double imagery
    4. The lettering is uneven.
    5. The lettering has different sizes.
    6. The lettering is distorted and what appears to be a Lions head is also distorted.
    7. Arrangements and spacing, alignment, formatting differs to first picture provide which is a confirmed original.
    Regardless of what I think< What do you guys think? I have had many send PM's and thankyou as you all agreed with each other. Here are the pics.
    8. The numbers on the barrel have shorter end lines.
    1. Correct proof style

    sako 218 barrel markins 34.jpg


    2. Possible forgery
    L46 stamps 2.JPG
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    It would have fooled me!!
     
  4. paulsonconstruction

    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    I'm not sure, from the pictures, that you can say this is a forgery. I have several Sakos that show the same "hand done" type stamping. Some have later serial numbers (by 5000) than the ones that are "perfectly" roll stamped, so I don't think it is a result of when they were built. Nothing in the pics, at least, that would make me believe they are not factory originals. The short shank & barrel profile are exactly like an early 50's L46 I have that has the "perfect" stampings.. I also have a mid 50's L46 with a straight taper barrel that is hand stamped similar the one in the pics. Nothing is surprising with Sakos, so don't assume they are "forgeries" just because they don't fit what you think they should look like. Just my two cents worth.
     
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    misako50 Sako-addicted

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    The stock on the rifle is of course a custom or customized. The metal stamping on the barrel doesn't look "Sako" to me and it isn't where it needs to be. Even tho Sako has had some surprises over the years I am still uncomfortable with the authenticity of this one. It would take a forensic scientist to examine it and give any kind of a reasonable opinion. I couldn't come close to taking a chance on it. It is a nice looking custom as far as I am concerned and that's all.-Misako
     

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