Emailed the seller and it confirmed my suspicions. The receiver does not have its original oil case black / dark grey...its been reblued. SA did overhaul some krags, including repolishing and blueing the receivers. These guns just dont look right to me for some reason, even if SA did the work. The stock is the only real star of this rifle, and thats questionable, since bubba used a grease pencil to highlight the cartouches. The high condition of the stock makes me wonder if bubba reblued the receiver too. But at least I know what my 1897 one is worth now!