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What's The Big Deal With Matching Serial Numbers???

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OK, I can see if you spent $2500 or more on a fresh out of the dead soldiers cold hands a WW2 something, you'd like to know it wasn't altered by some bubba in his basement. But in reality, I'm sure there are/were plenty firearms used throughout that went back to the armory to get repaired and went out with mis-matching serial numbers.

As long as the parts were made for a particular type of firearm, say a 1911, and it shoots with said replacement parts, are mis-matched P/Ns that bad? I'm sure matching P/Ns command a higher price, but what's wrong with a part or 3 that don't match with the rest of the gun? If you know beforehand they don't match and what you're looking for is THE gun you've always wanted at a price you can afford, are non-matching numbers so bad?
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The Swedish Mauser Armorers usually stamped the serial number on their new parts if they had them. Or, if they had good parts from scrapped rifles, they would refit and headspace bolts. Then stamp over with the correct rifle number. They were super serious about rifles at all times. hoot incredible groups even today. And are 6.5 X 55 caliber. Pleasant to shoot for an old guy like me. Never a sore shoulder if I shoot some of mine all day long.
The 6.5 X 55 is pretty much the Granddaddy of all 6 mm type of cartridges. Popular caliber even today.

In NRA Vintage Bolt Matches, you see quite a few and they do very well!
Easy to be super serious about this when you wisely avoid fighting any wars.
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