Interarms Whitworth Proof Marks

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So, I have a Whitworth .375 with express sights manufactured 5/88. I’ve recently acquired a Whitworth .458WM manufactured 5/85. The barrels are the same contour and length (24”). They have the same scrolling of caliber on the barrel. The proof marks look similar, except the WM has a “N” at the end. BUT, the WM has no sights AND no screw holes for sights? In my limited research of the larger bored (.375, .458) Whitworths, I’ve never come across one that has no holes in the barrel for sights? I guess the WM has a factory installed barrel, but now I’m not sure. Any input from the Whitworth experts here would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Well, it’s been as slow here as BobNelson35Whelen’s .35 Whelen cartridge ballistics, so I thought I would take this Whitworth .458 apart today. I believe the previous owner bought a factory barreled action and put his own stock on it. It looks like he tried to glass bed it and there are holes in the end of the stock from a duplicator? The stock was dull and dry, so I put some oil on it. There was a lot of black grease on the bottom of the action. But, once I cleaned everything up, I can see so evidence of any useage marks on the rails, chamber, feed ramp, trigger, magazine box (which looks aftermarket?) or bolt. The barrel looks new. I need to figure out how to fix the stock and where to get some barrel sights. That’s it!

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