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Re: skeleton buttplates
That is about the only way short of a factory letter "does it look right"? I would also carefully inspect the butt for plugged butt plate screw holes that have been checkered over. You may also want to make sure the butt stock is original to the gun; things such as precise inletting, accurate checkering, and the factory number and grade stamps under the trigger guard strap. If everything else looks "right" then the skeleton butt is most likely correct to the gun.