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    I bought a decent K98 Mauser today marked dou 44 and is all matching.Tho the numbers match through out the gun... the manufacturers don't. Everything is marked 8388 but the floor plate and mag well/trigger guard is marked byf but again with 8388. There are no signs of grinding of scratching out the old number, assuming it is forced matched. There are two variations of fonts of the "3" in 8388 through out the gun. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

    PS: These are all the numbers I found with the exclusion of the stock which is in the channel where the barrel lays and the number which also matches the rifle

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    Default Matching # Mixed Manufacturer K98

    I bought a decent K98 Mauser today marked dou 44 and is all matching.Tho the numbers match through out the gun... the manufacturers don't. Everything is marked 8388 but the floor plate and mag well/trigger guard is marked byf but again with 8388. There are no signs of grinding of scratching out the old number, assuming it is forced matched. There are two variations of fonts of the "3" in 8388 through out the gun. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

    PS: These are all the numbers I found with the exclusion of the stock which is in the channel where the barrel lays and the number which also matches the rifle

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    It was not unusual for the prime manufacturers of military rifles to have outside vendors supply parts or sub-assemblies and identify them as to source with numeric/alpha codes or symbols. The prime manufacturer would add the rifle serial number to the vendor part in some instances. At least that was the case with BR Enfield rifles. It may also be the case with your Mauser.
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    Wouldn't prime maker apply same font style to all parts...or was it that font stamps simply differed within a factory ? What about official armorer repair applying numbers to repairs made with new stock parts ?
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    "Wouldn't prime maker apply same font style to all parts...or was it that font stamps simply differed within a factory ? What about official armorer repair applying numbers to repairs made with new stock parts?"

    I can only speak to the book I bought on BR Enfields which gave me all I needed to know about primary factory, vendors and full-refurbishment markings and symbols. A look at a similar book on Mausers would be a an inexpensive investment, but browse the paperback books first.

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