I bought this gun from a private party who had no history on this gun. I know that the "stock" stocks are checkered with a metal butt plate. the stock that is on the gun has a different butt plate( almost like its been cut down to fit someone) ... I have read that not all are checkered some "match guns". Does anyone know how i can check this or maybe shine some light on this? I do know its a 300 H&H . it was manufactured in 1938. the serial number is 141xx . I dont know any winchester experts. There is a gun show this weekend in portland im going to take i too. but it would be great not to be talking out of my ***.