Another Spiegel rifle? Last weeks pick up..
Ran across this one in Cabela's in Maine last weekend which I had commented on in another thread here on M.O. When I first looked at it I was in a bit of a rush as I had family with me and my 4 grandkids in tow, ages 2-6 yrs old. That is a handful. My first impression was it's a bit rough and at that time I couldn't remember what the deal was with the deer head carved stocks. It looked like it had rust on the barrel and receiver so I just stuck it back in the rack and we moved on. Then TomRay replied to my earlier comment that it may be a Spiegel rifle, so after sleeping on it Saturday and Sunday night, I decided on Monday to take a ride back "up there" to check it out closer. I'm glad I did. What I thought was rust turned out to be dried BLO which I was able to scrape off a few spots with my fingernail right there in the store. It still had the round sight hood, internally looked barely used, and had some bluing wear and was missing the rear sight elevator. I decided to buy it. They came down enough on the price to make the sales tax a wash so off I went. Got home and stripped it, washed off all the slobbered BLO, gave the metal a good cleaning, touched up a few spots with cold blue, dug a sight elevator out of my parts bin and the darn thing looks great! I read that some of these stocks were carved into the wood and later ones had a pre-carved disc inserted into a hole to make them cheaper to build. I'm wondering if this one is an earlier one carved into the wood. If you look at my picture below of the deer head, you can see at the bottom that the "hole" is not rounded, it has a flat spot at the bottom. I would think if this was an insert pressed into a pre-drilled hole, then it would be a perfect circle all around? It is a 1966 AB serial number and it's the original stock as the serial is stamped in the stock and on the top tang. Thoughts?
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