Calhoun: Would you not guess that the "re-struck" and extra proof marks means that the factory re-barreled it?
I am NO expert on savage Rifles but their presence in the form they are in, leans me to thinking that-a-way?
Enjoy your cool Rifle.
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I doubt if the Savage factory did any work on it. The overstamping is probably just a mistake, we saw a 99 with double stamped SP proofs today as well.
The RS is a very uncommon model, it was a lot of money back in the Depression. Available only in 300 Savage and 250-3000, the large majority are 300 Savage.
A quick google shows 7/8” Stith Bear Cub scopes date to early 50’s. Not rebarreled by Savage then, or barrel would say Chicopee Falls. So it’s just an RS that’s been “modernized” a couple times thru it’s life, but used very little. I’m debating putting a Redfield 70LH and front sight back on, though probably won’t.