Yes, some of my early internet research indicated the rifle was made in 1897. I later found more information discussing the incorrect Madis DOM data and that obtaining a Cody letter would be best.... that's when I found your thread and asked you for more info. Also glad to see that the Blue Book now lists the polishing room dates too... I had held off on buying a copy for that reason... guess I should finally get one!
Thanks again Trap!