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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:11 pm • #  
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I just completed the disassembly, cleaning, lubing and assembly of my 308 Garcia Mitchell but could not locate a serial number. Where is it located and how do I determine when it was made. Also , I used your excellent video to help, made the job very easy !!!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:53 pm • #  
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Hello Mate,

The serial number will be on the bottom of the foot. Some are extremely hard to see and may require a jeweler's scope. With a serial number we can get you close to a date...

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:57 pm • #  
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8811C or 8871C Very hard to see


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:36 pm • #  
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Hello try a little bit of talcum powder or flour and wipe it across the numbers not allot just a little bit . Cheers.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:23 am • #  
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Tried to read the numbers with the powder trick and under my magnifying glass with little luck. 8811C or maybe 8871C. I have owned the reel since the late 1970's so it is probably in that time frame. How many numbers are in the serial number on the foot?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:30 am • #  
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If you bought it new in the late 1970's, it should have a S/N beginning with an letter and then six numerical digits. 1975 should be "E", 1976 would begin with "F", and so on. "I" was not used for 1979 because it looked too much like a "1", so it was skipped and letter "J" was used for that year.

The stamping could be very fine and sometimes faint in that era...I've always wondered how the did it, with an impact stamp or a rotary die. I have a few reels where everything is lined up perfectly, but, for example the 2nd and 4th spots are blank.

Even in the past, S/N clarity could be a bit spotty though.

I suspect that what looks like a "C" is actually a zero on your reel. Picture would be nice because whether it's housing was engraved or had the later badge would help in dating it.


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I think I will just let it be, Thanks for all the help !


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