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I was looking with interest at an unnamed hammer Drilling last weekend.
Its chambers were 16g, and 6.5x58R with a recommendation for an 8.2gram copper-jacketed bullet on the rifle barrel but no charge weight. Unfortunately (inexplicably?) the 6.5x58R is not an officially obsolete cartridge in the UK.
The engraving was comprehensive and attractive, in a style seemingly influenced by the Art Nouveau movement.
I was surprised, however, to see a proof date of "5.37". Were German makers really producing hammer/Lefaucheux guns that late, or was this an older gun (pre.1890) that had dodged the proof house for several decades?
Regrettably, I couldn't make out a mark that would let me identify where it was proofed.
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[img]https://www.dropbox.com/s/4erg7atxydtqft0/Proof%20marks.jpg?dl=0[/img]

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Zella - Mehlis in 1937. Now considering the platform, all the chicken scratching, etc. I was hazard a guess that it was an early, possibly pre-1893, longarm and the platform was alterered in some way and passed thru the Z-M Proof Facility in the late 1930s. But then again, times were most difficult & these components that compose the platform may have been al the mechanic had on hand. I would like to see the marks in person.


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I could not find a repair proof, but that doesn't mean there isn't one. It is possible that it was new in 1937, but unlikely. You could have a similar gun made today, if you want one badly enough. I agree with Raimey that a close "hands on" inspection of the markings might reveal something. I'm sure you will find that the bullet is 8.2 grams rather than 82 grams.
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Originally Posted by Der Ami
I'm sure you will find that the bullet is 8.2 grams rather than 82 grams.

Those pesky decimal points!
(Original post duly amended)

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Originally Posted by ellenbr
Now considering the platform, all the chicken scratching, etc.

Many thanks for your most helpful reply. Could you explain what "chicken scratching" is, please?

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JulesW,
It is also sometimes confusing because instead of a decimal point, they usually used a comma.
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Originally Posted by ellenbr
I would hazard a guess that it was an early, possibly pre-1893, long arm and the platform was altered in some way and passed thru the Z-M Proof Facility in the late 1930s.

Thanks. The gun does have a replacement hammer on the left-hand lock. Is it possible that when it was taken to a gun maker to have this fitted, was found to be un-proofed, and duly sent to the proof house? I imagine re-proof would not have been required on an already-proofed gun, but perhaps that was the point where legislation caught up with this one?

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Regarding the >>Chicken Scratching<<, just a reference to all the overstamps?, errand marks?, scratches, maybe blurred foto, all that prevent one from seeing just what has occurred. The Chaos is akin to a Mother Chicken scratching the ground in an adhoc fashion trying to teach her bitties to hunt for food. Just a lot of noise & such that obscures what the marks actually are...

That lower >>J<< is more than likely for a Jäger mechanic.

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It could be that the custodian wanted the >>Nitro<< Stamp, but outside of that I am just not sure unless there was some alteration on the platform. Possibly a whole new tubeset was added replacing the pattern welded tubes with which it was originally equipped. But an image of the water-table just might shed some light.

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Thanks, I wish it were a better photo. Believe it or not, this de-saturated, slightly-sharpened and contrast-boosted version is a lot more readable than the original.

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