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Old July 24, 2010, 07:45 PM   #1
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Scope mount conceals serial number

I'm preparing to mount a leupold 1-piece (std) base on a 1903 A3 action. When I place the base on the action to check the fit, the serial number is almost totally concealed. I have considered the following:

Alter the mount by beveling the right side, thus exposing the serial number. This would result in the loss of approximately 1/3 of the mounting surface. Since the serial number is long (326XXXX) and the characters are about 3/16" in height (typical military fashion) any "window" would have to be quite large.

Go ahead and mount the base and then just engrave a second set of numbers below the original in order to have a visible number.

Mount the base and just cover the number, realizing that anytime someone wanted to see the serial number I would have to remover the base.

Any comments or suggestions (short of suggesting a different base)?
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Old July 24, 2010, 08:09 PM   #2
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This;Mount the base and just cover the number, realizing that anytime someone wanted to see the serial number I would have to remover the base.
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Old July 24, 2010, 08:19 PM   #3
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As long as the serial number is not obliterated, altered, or removed you are legal. Of course we do have to consider the intelligence of the average BATFE agent.
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Old July 24, 2010, 08:37 PM   #4
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If they ever arrest folks for serial numbers covered by scope mounts, you will have plenty of company in jail.

Seriously, don't worry about it; the law prohibits removing, obliterating, or altering the serial number. You are not doing any of those things; the serial number is there and visible simply by removing the mount.

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Old July 24, 2010, 08:39 PM   #5
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What Jim says.
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Old July 24, 2010, 09:45 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. I had a hunch I would be ok by just mounting. The only time I would anticipate anyone needing to see the serial number will be when my heirs sell it as part of my estate. In the meanwhile, I intend to shoot this rifle regularly until then.
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Old July 27, 2010, 11:55 AM   #7
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when my heirs sell it as part of my estate
You have the wrong heirs! Put me in the will I won't sell them!
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