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I'm trying to date my 20 ga 147E SxS. I can't find anything on the web that gives the date of manufacture. Serial # is 64xx0. Any help would be appreciated. Dave

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Dave,
Post a photo of the proof markings and we can likely give you the month and year it was proofed.
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I took the photos requested by Der Ami but cannot post them, probably because I do not use a web hosting site for photos and cannot figure out out to post them on this board. However, upon further examination, I note the the number I posted above is only on the forend iron. Another number shows up on the watertable and the side of the rear locking lug. THAT number is 46xx50.

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Dave,
My Merkels exhibit the serial # as well as choke markings and bore diameter in millimeters on the barrel flats. Adjacent to the proof marks on the barrel flats will be a number and a two letter date code.
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Karl, there is nothing resembling a serial# on the barrel flats. Starting from the muzzle end of the barrel flats are the following marks: Under the right barrel, 16.0 (0.630", 20 gauge?), then a mark that resembles the top view of a bird in flight, then the # 294, then a mark that looks like a flat top shield with (I kid you not) a shoe sole with a hammer handle through the middle of it, then 20/76 (20 gauge, 3" chamber?), and lastly the mark VZ. The left barrel has 16.0 up front, then no more marks until back to 20/76 and under that is the mark 1/2. I take the VZ and 1/2 as choke markings. There are no letters anywhere in what might be the serial #. Dave

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[quote=Dave Schiller]Karl, there is nothing resembling a serial# on the barrel flats. Starting from the muzzle end of the barrel flats are the following marks: Under the right barrel, 16.0 (0.630", 20 gauge?), then a mark that resembles the top view of a bird in flight, then the # 294, then a mark that looks like a flat top shield with (I kid you not) a shoe sole with a hammer handle through the middle of it quote]

Proof date 294 (Feb 1994) Followed by the Suhl proof mark

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Thanks to all for the information. The date seems reasonable (Feb, 1994) as I received the gun (very slightly used) as a retirement gift from the last company I worked for (Dec, 2010). The only confusion now is that the "eagle" proof mark on my gun and the one on the site skeettx provided are nowhere near alike.

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Nope, skeettx, close but no cigar. I'm going to try to post the photo on another forum and then provide the link so you can look at it.

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