Fox Sterlingworth 12 Gauge – 30” #1 WEIGHT BARRELS, GREAT DIMENSIONS
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Fox Sterlingworth 12 Gauge – 30” #1 WEIGHT BARRELS, GREAT DIMENSIONS

$1,795.00
Ex Tax: $1,795.00
Brand: Fox
Product Code: Fox 12 Gauge sn65214

Overview

General Specs: Fox, Year 1913, 12 Gauge, 7lb 7oz, Chokes .033/ .033  F/F, LOP 14 1/8", DAH 2 5/8", DAC 1 9/16" Serial Number: 65214 THE A.H. FOX STERLINGWORTH---THE BEST VALUE IN THE VINTAGE AMERICAN DOUBLEGUN WORLD, B...

Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase

General Specs: Fox, Year 1913, 12 Gauge, 7lb 7oz, Chokes .033/ .033  F/F, LOP 14 1/8", DAH 2 5/8", DAC 1 9/16"
Serial Number: 65214

THE A.H. FOX STERLINGWORTH---THE BEST VALUE IN THE VINTAGE AMERICAN DOUBLEGUN WORLD, BAR NONE!  Why such a bold claim?  First, the Fox Sterlingworth is the same gun mechanically as all other grades of the A.H. Fox gun, having the fewest parts and smallest action of any of its competitors.  The Fox gun mechanism is utterly reliable, the locking mechanism simple and efficient, the barrels and action made of the finest steels of its time, the wood finely fitted to the action, checkering well cut, and the balance and handling dynamics of the gun was superb.  Second, because they made a lot of them, the price is very affordable.  With so many of them out there, how do you know which one to buy?  Condition is important, and many of Sterlingworth guns were used hard and not well maintained.  IT IS EASY TO BUY THE WRONG GUN WITH COSTLY ISSUES.  At Vintage Firearms, Inc. (VFI) we inspect each gun before purchase, our 4 gunsmiths clean and service each gun as needed, and on THIS gun, we stripped the action to the smallest part, Ultrasonic clean and scrub all parts to shiny metal, inspect all parts for integrity and function, make any replacements or repairs necessary, lubricate and reassemble, providing VFI CERTIFIED GUNS, a $275 service in our shop.  VFI CERTIFIED GUNS have a 90-day mechanical warranty providing confidence you are buying a fine shotgun that will provide years of service in the field.  NONE of the other sellers provide this service.  Additionally, most of the early American doubleguns were short chambered for the older style shells.  PRESENTLY IT IS DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, TO FIND 2 ½” SHELLS TO PURCHASE.  BECAUSE OF THIS, VFI GUNSMITHS HAVE CAREFULLY MEASURED THE BARREL WALL THICKNESS AHEAD OF THE CHAMBER, AND FINDING IT SAFE TO DO, HAVE LENGTHENED THE CHAMBERS TO 2 ¾” AND EXTENDED THE FORCING CONES TO 1 ½” TAPERS SO THAT YOU CAN SHOOT MODERN 2 ¾” LOADS THROUGH THIS GUNThis is a $360 service in our shop.  Modern chambers and long forcing cones makes for safe shooting with softer recoil and better patterns, which benefit the shooter and preserve the integrity of these fine older doubleguns.  Other important factors are condition of the metal, screws, wood, and bores.  We provide the most comprehensive photography and specifications in the marketplace, information that allows you to make a good choice.  Just remember, nowhere is it more apparent than in the gun world…you get what you pay for!  If you want a vintage doublegun you can rely on, buy one that is field ready and can safely shoot modern, available shotgun shells.  This gun, sn65214 built in 1913 during a period of the best Fox guns, is unique and desirable in several ways.  The gun retains all factory original finishes, with most all the original varnish on the wood, 99% strong factory blue on the barrels, and 80% bone and charcoal factory case colors that are turning patina, as well as a mirror shiny, superb bore.  For those looking for a fine Fox Sterlingworth to shoot heavy loads, this gun was shipped with the heaviest #1 weight barrels choked F/F, with factory original bore diameters and 37 thou minimum wall thickness anywhere on the barrels.  She can handle heavy field loads with ease.  The barrels are tight on hinge and action, with the top lever well right of center, the screws are perfect and clocked, and the wood-to-metal fit is superb, with no cracks or splits anywhere.  BEST OF ALL, THE GUN HAS MODERN STOCK DIMENSIONS.  See below for specifications.  This is NOT your run-of-the-mill Sterlingworth.  Thanks for looking!


Barrels

Barrel Length:  30"  #1 weight
Chokes:  .033/ .033  F/F
Bores:  Excellent mirror bores
Bore Diameter:  .725/ .725
Wall Thickness:  .039/ .037
% Blue:  99% Factory
Chambers:  2 3/4"  1 1/2" forcing cones
Ribs:  Tight
Sights:  Front silver bead

Action

Action:  Tight way right of center
Ejectors or Extractors:  Extractors
Receiver Condition:  90% Factory
Screws:  Perfect
Engraving:  Sharp
Trigger Type:  Double-crisp
Trigger Guard Color:  15% going to patina

Stock

Type:  Capped pistol grip/splinter
LOP:  14 1/8"
LOP To End Of Wood:  13 13/16"
DAH:  2 5/8"
DAC:  1 9/16"
Checkering Condition:  Excellent
Butt Treatment:  Factory plate



INQUIRIES

There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details, or to purchase #616-292-6240. If you have any questions please call or email us, at jay@vfiguns.com or sales@vfiguns.com. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc

Payment and Shipping

Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price reflects 3% cash discount. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher.)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Collected in AR, IL, KS, MI, PA, TN
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $75.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK. We ship internationally with additional fees!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes

Other

Please see all of our fine Vintage Firearms on this website. We have many more sxs shotguns, o/u shotguns, rifles and handguns not yet listed, check back or email us for a preview. We are a Wilson Combat dealer! Thanks for looking!

We employ full time gunsmiths on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.