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Thread: Hard To Read Proof Code, Any Experts?

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    Hard To Read Proof Code, Any Experts?

    Hi All,

    Yes I have seen the Proof Code Thread that's stickied here, but I can't see anything that looks like the stamps on this barrel.

    I've attached a couple of photos, they're not great but to honest nor are the stamps.

    They're off a Parker Hale 1200, it's got a varnished finish (unfortunately) if that helps anyone date it.

    Many thanks as always,

    Jim
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails .270 Proof #1.jpg   .270 Proof #2.jpg  

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    Birmingham proof marks (which you would expect on a PH). The Circular mark denotes the year and the inspector's ID. If I had time (and the photo was a bit clearer) I culd try to date it for you.

    -JMS

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    Thanks JMS,

    It's the year that I was after.

    The stamp isn't clear at all. It looks like a circle divided into 3 equal segments. Two of them, top left and top right in the photo look to have the same symbol in them, possibly an S or a 5. The third segment is different but is imposable to make out.

    If the top marks were S's then that would be 1991 I believe which must be in the ball park but I don't know if they'd have printed it twice.

    Thanks again,

    Jim

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    The circular stamp was used from 1975 to 1984. The letters at the top will be from A to K, I was not used, followed by a B. A variation is that CB could be written BC.
    Looks as though it is EB, 1979 but difficult to tell.

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    Hi All,

    Having looked again it's BB which is 1976 apparently, so older than I thought and pretty amazing that by the looks of the barrel and action it's had no more than a handful of rounds through it if any.

    thanks for the help and advice,

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim xyz View Post
    Hi All,

    Yes I have seen the Proof Code Thread that's stickied here, but I can't see anything that looks like the stamps on this barrel.

    I've attached a couple of photos, they're not great but to honest nor are the stamps.

    They're off a Parker Hale 1200, it's got a varnished finish (unfortunately) if that helps anyone date it.

    Many thanks as always,

    Jim
    Parker-Hale offered the high Gloss poly finish and traditional Oiled finish. The High Gloss was seen as more popular in the US which also explained the California styling.

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