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I was at the club last week when a friend of mine came in the door and told me about a business owner in town who has a couple of minty guns for sale. He said that one was a Remington semi auto rifle and the other was a Savage SxS and both were in unbelievable condition. In 2 seconds flat, my friend Don and I were on our way over there to see what he had. Don grabbed the Remington (WITH Leupold scope) and I got the Savage Stevens 311E 16ga SxS. When I got it home and cleaned it up, I was simply amazed at the condition. I highly doubt that this gun has even run a box of ammo through it. He wanted $300 for it, so I figured it would be a no-brainer.

Does anyone have an information about pro-dates and such about this gun??

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What you have is a variation of Savage/Stevens basic double barrel hammerless shotgun. These are rather plentiful as Stevens produced quite a few 311s in many variations. Stevens' "usually" have a date code behind the hinge pin or ahead of the triggerguard on the bottom of the frame that is represented by a small circle containing a number and letter - A=1949 up to V=1968. The Proof Tested is not an accepted proof as American firearms proof testing is voluntary and therefore not sanctioned or controlled by a governing body. The individual companies set their own criteria for testing so there most likely is little uniformity from mfgr to mfgr.
This is what I have so far.
 

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I just a aquired a 311h in 12g and 311c in 20g, plain jane clean guns, The 20g definatly has seen its days of service. Barrels are case worn to a nice semi polished look.
 

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Also if anyone is interisted I know a Guy that has a ( Stevens Model 235 20 Ga.) that was made between 1910 and 1920 and is in very good condition, it looks much like the 311 but has the exposed Hammers and is NOT Damacus, and He is looking for offers, I can probaly get pics in a few days. Tony
 

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Here is a Pic of a 235 that I got off of the Net ( just to give you an Idea of what one looks like ) it is not the one that I mentioned above, The one that I mentioned above is in Very Good Cond, I just posted this Pics for a reference
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311s made up til 1989, latest book shows 275 for 12 ga in your condition with a 20% bump for 16 ga.
I picked up a 5100 Stevens in 20 ga a couple years ago in Exc shape--forerunner to yours and they were made with gauge specific frame sizes.

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had a 311 in 12 ga. about 25 yrs ago, shot trap loads ok, when I went to #4 mags, the first shot both barrels went off, like a dumb a$$ I loaded it up again, like to broke my shoulder.....traded it the next day for an 870.



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