Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge - MODERN DIMENSIONS, 85% FACTORY ORIGINAL, VFI CERTIFIED
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Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge - MODERN DIMENSIONS, 85% FACTORY ORIGINAL, VFI CERTIFIED

$2,850.00
Ex Tax: $2,850.00
Brand: Fox
Product Code: Fox 16 Gauge sn367598

Overview

General Specs: Fox, Year 1931, 16 Gauge, 6lb 2oz, Chokes .003/ .035  C/F, LOP 14 3/16", DAH 2 9/16", DAC 1 9/16" Serial Number: 367598 THE A.H. FOX 16 GAUGE STERLINGWORTH---THE BEST VALUE IN THE VINTAGE AMERICAN DOUBLEG...

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General Specs: Fox, Year 1931, 16 Gauge, 6lb 2oz, Chokes .003/ .035  C/F, LOP 14 3/16", DAH 2 9/16", DAC 1 9/16"
Serial Number: 367598

THE A.H. FOX 16 GAUGE STERLINGWORTH---THE BEST VALUE IN THE VINTAGE AMERICAN DOUBLEGUN WORLD, BAR NONE!  Why such a bold claim?  First, all A.H. Fox 16-gauge guns are built on the 20-gauge frame, providing lightweight, superbly balanced guns that outshine the other American makers.  The Fox 16ga. gun typically weighs from 5 ¾ lbs. to 6 1/4lbs.  If you examine Parker, L.C. Smith, Ithaca, Lefever, or Winchester Model 21 guns in 16ga. they typically weigh at least a 1/2lb. heavier.  Second, 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 of the gun was superb.  Third, 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 the 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 most guns, we strip the actions to the smallest parts, 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 16ga. guns were short chambered for 2 9/16” shells.  PRESENTLY IT IS DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, TO FIND 2 ½” 16GA. SHELLS TO PURCHASE.  BECAUSE OF THIS, VFI GUNSMITHS HAVE CAREFULLY MEASURED THE BARREL WALL THICKNESS AHEAD OF THE CHAMBER, AND WHENEVER IT IS SAFE, HAVE LENGTHENED THE CHAMBERS TO 2 ¾” AND EXTENDED THE FORCING CONES TO 1 ½” TAPERS SO THAT YOU CAN SHOOT MODERN 2 ¾” FIELD LOADS THROUGH OUR GUNS.  This 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 an upland gun you can rely on, buy one that is field ready and can safely shoot modern, available field loads.  

This Sterlingworth, sn367598 is Savage built with original Philly gun parts. It has about 85% factory original case color, fantastic stock dimensions of a very modern 14 3/16"x 2 9/16"x 1 9/16" with a neutral cast, original Sterlingworth splinter forend, capped pistol grip and factory buttplate. Wood to metal is excellent overall with a small gap evident at the bottom tang. The furniture is standard straight grain Walnut with hand cut flat diamond checkering at wrist and splinter and is in excellent condition. The Barrels have been cleaned and professionally reblued by Vintage Firearms Inc and show 100% cover all the way to the crowns. The 28" barrels have extended cones and are choked cylinder/ full which along with its stock dimensions would make this gun an ideal choice for just about any upland hunt ready for quick shots at close birds with a chance for a longer shot for those at distance (the double triggers break cleanly at 3.5 and 4.75 pounds). Weighing 6lb 2oz, the gun carries beautifully even for long treks through upland country, yet by virtue of its 16-gauge bores it punches well above its weight class. Why carry a twelve gauge when a sixteen that weighs the same as a twenty will do the work equally well! 

A Sterlingworth double with such great features and VFI certified for 90 days will not be on our racks for long, act fast! Thanks for looking.



Barrels

Barrel Length:  28" #3wt
Chokes:  .003/ .035  C/F
Bores:  Excellent
Bore Diameter:  .657/ .658
Wall Thickness:  .036/ .036
% Blue:  100%
Chambers:  2 1/2"
Ribs:  Tight
Sights:  Front silver bead

Action

Action:  Tight way right of center
Ejectors or Extractors:  Extractor
Receiver Condition:  75% Factory vivid
Screws:  Excellent
Engraving:  Clear, sharp in areas
Trigger Type:  Double-crisp
Trigger Guard Color:  70% Factory

Stock

Type:  Capped pistol grip/splinter;  straight grain
LOP:  14 3/16"
LOP To End Of Wood:  13 7/8"
DAH:  2 9/16"
DAC:  1 9/16"
Cast:  Neutral
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 $90.00 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.