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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Who View Post
    This is the picture that I wanted you to see. The bolt on Retiredsmilin's gun that you can see in his picture, looks like the 82-86 342 (and I assume earlier models).
    Yep. You are right on about the bolt. The knob on the end is larger than the earlier models. That changed when they went to the 340 series (340, 342, 347).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjaminO View Post
    There were several subtle changes made along with some obvious ones.
    The trigger guard changed a few times as well as many other parts.
    One thing you can't see in the pictures is the different thickness of the old stocks. They were much thinner on the old models.
    I did read that the Racine models are heavier than the St. Louis models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjaminO View Post
    Yep. You are right on about the bolt. The knob on the end is larger than the earlier models. That changed when they went to the 340 series (340, 342, 347).
    But the 1990 model looks like it's smaller, plus it has a silver or zinc finish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Who View Post
    I did read that the Racine models are heavier than the St. Louis models.
    There is a very noticeable difference in the thickness of the stocks as the models get newer. The older ones were much thinner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Who View Post
    But the 1990 model looks like it's smaller, plus it has a silver or zinc finish.
    I'll be honest here. The newest 340 series I own is 1985.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjaminO View Post
    I'll be honest here. The newest 340 series I own is 1985.
    There is fellow called Kelvinator on this website that seems to have a very similar 342. There also seem to be quite a few 342 owners on the site. Perhaps if photos of the rifle were posted there, someone might recognize it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Who View Post
    There is fellow called Kelvinator on this website that seems to have a very similar 342. There also seem to be quite a few 342 owners on the site. Perhaps if photos of the rifle were posted there, someone might recognize it.
    I have no doubt it's a Benjamin 342.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjaminO View Post
    I have no doubt it's a Benjamin 342.
    No, I mean which year it might be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retirednsmilin308 View Post
    hat is exactly what I will do if I can find one.
    I have searched and the parts kits also vary by VERSION of the 342.
    Yet i do not have any idea as to what my version is.
    That is why I think I will send it out once I find someone that knows what they are doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thom Paine View Post
    From the Cheap Seats:
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    https://www.gatewaytoairguns.org/GTA...p?action=forum
    Yup, that's the same website that I linked. They seem to have a lot of 342 owners.
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