I got it from a man who received it from a friend 40 years ago as a gift. At that time he was told by his friend that the lack of most of the markings on the butt plate were not there (see photo) because of the first run forging and they had to readjust the stamping. Also on the first ones they used more plating and subsequently on latter batches they lowered the amount of plating used. Please notice the plating on this rifle in the photos is almost complete and heavy.
This rifle is 100% factory! There are no replacements on it. Not even a screw!
The plating looks to be 90% or more?. (photos)
This has not had any work done to it at all.
In the 40 years he had it he never fired it and I haven't either. With that said, this is probably the only #7 that a person would ask you to notice the bore.
Any idea what this maybe worth