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Wingshooter50
PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:37 pm  Reply with quote



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Location: Tennessee

Found one at a gun show this past Saturday in mint condition, 95% or better. Case color is 100%. On the left side of the receiver is "J.C. Higgins Sears, Roebuck, & Co. 101.7". The other side "311A". Has "H" in circle on bottom so it's a 1957 model the best I can tell. Pretty cool find I think. What do you guys think it's worth?

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nj gsp
PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:02 pm  Reply with quote



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Location: WI

It was made by Stevens, itís their 311 model. If itís in perfect/mint shape Iíd guess maybe as much as $500.
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jim18611865
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:11 am  Reply with quote
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Did you buy it?
Remember the date code is a letter and a number in a very small oval.
I paid $450 for mine several years ago in similar condition.
It's a 16 gauge I assume?

Jim
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Wingshooter50
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:55 am  Reply with quote



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I did buy it for $470. I thought that may be a little high but I've never seen one in that good condition. There's the letter H and the number 26 in the circle on the bottom of the receiver. 26" barrels. It appears to be choked cyl and improved cyl which seems kinda odd. The letters "BB" are stamped on the water table. Any idea what that means.

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jim18611865
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:07 pm  Reply with quote
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The "BB" will likely be found on all the assemblies as well as one or more other stamps.
It was a way of making sure the the gun came back together in the factory after going to various places to get work done on it.

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Ted Schefelbein
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:31 pm  Reply with quote



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For what it is worth, a lady on my trap league shot the same gun in 16 gauge, for about a decade and a half. She pheasant hunted with her brothers in South Dakota for two weeks every year. Her Dad bought it used in the early 1960s and gave it to her.
I serviced the gun every year for that entire time.
Bulletproof. Excellent trigger pulls, good regulation, nice weight and balance. A good buy.

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Ted

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hayseed
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:24 pm  Reply with quote



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Cylinder and improved cylinder make what sounds like a great working mans upland shotgun. Great find.
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wahoo
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:23 am  Reply with quote



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What usually clinches the deal for me in purchases such as this, is that I donít believe you can buy anything comparable from todayís available made guns for that low. Keep in mind that it might have some old dried gunk in the locks which gum up the works some and maybe cause weird trigger feel or intermittent light firing pin strikes.

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1948 BRNO 16ga SxS 27.5"
1949 Stevens 530 16ga SxS 28"
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1952 BRNO 12ga SxS 28.25"
1963 Superposed O/U 12ga 27"
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Wingshooter50
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:34 am  Reply with quote



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A pawnshop in town has a new "Stevens" 20 gauge for $300.. It looks cheaply made from across the counter so I didn't even ask to look at it.

I like the gun and the guy had another in 20 gauge. I may call and see if he still has it.

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fin2feather
PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:14 am  Reply with quote
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My first sxs is a pre-1949 Stevens-made 16ga marked 5100. I still have it and shoot it. Best $210.00 I ever spent. I once took a limit of 4 wild prairie roosters with 4 shots the right barrel of that old gun; sometimes I wonder why I ever went looking for anything else. Enjoy it, and shoot it well.

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