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Flatlander
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Reading German Proof Marks
Jan 21st, 2007 at 3:43pm
 
As it is snowing here for the fifth straight weekend, I was just trying to stay warm and thinking of things I need to finish. One is to find out what cartridge the JP Sauer Patent stocking rifle I aquired awhile back was origionally chambered for. It is currrently a 38-55 and due to the light weight is a handfull to control with a case full of Goex Ctg.  Does anyone know what these proof marks mean? Thanks.
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Reply #1 - Jan 21st, 2007 at 3:44pm
 
Here is the complete rifle for reference. Thanks again.
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Reply #2 - Jan 21st, 2007 at 6:38pm
 
Flatlander,

Neat gun!

Had I not loaned out my proofmark book, I'd try to help. In leiu of that, you might log on to www.germanguns.com, then find their technical department. There's a breif primer on proof marks, that may be of help. While there, you can also purchase a copy of a good book on proof marks.

Stay warm,

Jeff
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Reply #3 - Jan 22nd, 2007 at 4:10pm
 
Flatlander,

According to my book of Gunmarks, I can offer the following information.

Hubertus - Tradename of Inman, Meffert Gewehrfabrik, Suhl, Germany on sporting arms, c. 1839 - 1945.

The crown with the B under it represents - German proof using Mauser M-71 powder, c. 1891.

The crown with the G under it represents - German rifle proof, c. 1891 - 1939.

the crown with the U under it represents - German definitive proof, c. 1891 - 1939.

I'm unable to provide any information about the numbers stamped on the metal.

I hope this helps.

feather

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Reply #4 - Jan 22nd, 2007 at 5:20pm
 
Flatlander, in the 1975 gun digest there is a article on German proof marks.  Page 185.   Joe.
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Reply #5 - Jan 22nd, 2007 at 6:36pm
 
Thanks all. I now have an idea of what some of them mean and will look up a copy of the Gun Digest. I knew this was the place to ask.
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