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Old 07-20-2021, 9:10 AM
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Default Fox B Side by Side 20ga

I used to have a Savage Model 311 in 20 gauge, and loved it for rabbit hunting. Not knowing that I would be moving out of state in the future, I sold it when CA went to steel. A few years later, the wife pressed me to move out of state, and I've been looking to replace that little 20 gauge ever since.

I happened to be up in the Seattle area for work, and over the weekend attended a small gun show. I wandered around for a bit, and there it was..... only better. An "upgraded" Savage 311, in the form of a pretty little Fox B. After a brief negotiation, I handed over the cash and brought it home with me.

I know it is a "working man's gun", and not a highly prized example of the shotgun maker's art. But it is exactly what I was looking for, but prettier.













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When I was young, I always wanted a Fox Model B, but couldn't afford it, so I bought a 311 instead. Still have it, but never use it. Because as you said, Kali went steel shot only.

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The best part is that it has 26" barrels, so choked Mod/IC. It's going to perfect for bunny-busting!!
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My first gun was given to me when I turned 11. It was the 20 ga. Model 311. I have taken rabbits to deer with that gun and it will never leave my collection.
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Had one a long time ago, wish I still had it.
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I believe that Cali is non lead only not steep only. There is bithmus shells unless something changed recently.
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I believe that Cali is non lead only not steep only. There is bithmus shells unless something changed recently.
Technically true, and Bismuth would work fine in older tightly choked shotguns..... but shooting Bismuth at bunnies would be a bit of a budget-buster.
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My first gun was given to me when I turned 11. It was the 20 ga. Model 311. I have taken rabbits to deer with that gun and it will never leave my collection.
Yeah - I wish I still had that 311 I sold, too. I found it in an Oklahoma pawn shop for $150, and really liked shooting it.
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A very nice looking gun!!
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What's the barrel length?
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See post #3. 26 inches.
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I’ve had a Steven’s 311 for more than 65 years. Used it a lot as a kid to hunt doves in Imperial Valley and but haven’t shot it in decades. Great guns for the money. One of my grandsons will wind up with it.
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I'm a sucker for case hardened...nice
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Great gun.

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Nice buy.

Have always thought there is something traditional or nostalgic about side by side shotguns.
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Nice buy.

Have always thought there is something traditional or nostalgic about side by side shotguns.
Thanks.

When I was 16, I bought my first gun ever, a Savage 311 12ga. J.C. Penney's had them, for $65. I walked into the Northridge Mall, paid the clerk, maybe filled out a 4473 (don't remember), and walked out. I even remember the clerk's name, Karen Young. That was sometime in the 1970s.

Couldn't hit much of anything with it...... but the 20ga I pulled out of an OKC pawn shop several years later was a different story. That thing was pretty effective for reducing the bunny population at O'Neil Forebay.
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My dad had a that gun in 16 Gauge. My brother owns it now. Such a beauty. Single trigger as I remember.
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My dad had a that gun in 16 Gauge. My brother owns it now. Such a beauty. Single trigger as I remember.
Yes - later versions were single trigger.
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You got a good 'un made while they kept the classic--and very functional--stock shape with a relatively low comb and slim half pistol grip and splinter forend.

And before they added an ill-fitted ventilated rib and often-non-working single trigger and selective ejectors.

Basically the later "Bs" were loaded with non-essential features that more expensive doubles had. But Savage didn't put the time and fitting into these entry-level guns to ensure that they actually worked well.

Classic example of an excellent product made crap by marketeers.

Be thankful you got the real deal--a plain Jane bird killer! I used a 16 just like it all over the country for my "rainy day" double. Never let me down.
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