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mikeinindy
June 27, 2006, 09:01 PM
I have a steves shotgun 16 gage double barrell my great grandfather gave it to me about 20 yrs ago is this gun of value or any good at all

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Bob F.
June 27, 2006, 09:34 PM
I'll give ya' 50 bucks for it! Would go $75 for a 20 ga. 16ga ammo getting scarce! Oh, yeah; I'll pay shipping!

Seriously, first ringneck I killed was witha 16ga SxS, Crescent Arms, IRRC. Not a beauty contest winner, but VERY servicable! Still have "Poppy's" 12 ga SxS, trade gun, 32" tubes. Won't part with it.

Stay safe.
Bob

Ala Dan
June 27, 2006, 09:49 PM
Greeting's All-

Well, the 25th edition of Gun Traders Guide list a Stevens 311
Springfield hammerless double barrel in two production runs:

Pre WW-II: NIB $419, EX $335, and GOOD $228

Post WW-II: NIB $369, EX $295, and GOOD $201

Also, they made a compact hammerless double barrel for law enforcement,
Model # 311-R:

NIB $319, EX $255, and GOOD $173

Hope this answers your question, as its the only info I could find on the
Stevens model 311.

1911Tuner
June 27, 2006, 10:02 PM
I loved those shotguns! Very good bargain for the money that they commanded. I've had several...starting with a 311A that I bought used for 50 bucks from a dealer. Killed a truckload of game with that thing. It patterned well with anything except buckshot, and both barrels converged
spot on and slightly high at 40 yards. Wish I had it back.

Others that I've had performed in like fashion. Heard a few complaints about barrels point of impact not being level, but I never saw it in any of mine.

If that 16 gauge is for sale, I WILL buy it....and I'll give a bit more than 20 bucks.:p

kentucky_smith
June 27, 2006, 10:31 PM
worth every penny

Sharpdogs
June 28, 2006, 07:19 PM
"worth every penny," 100% correct. I have a 12 guage model and I love it. I don't think I would ever sell even though I got it for next to nothing.

COK
June 28, 2006, 08:06 PM
Value , yes, as they get older the good ones are going up in value , a few years ago I was seeing them for $$225 - $300 , today it's more like $300 - $425. And they are a good shotgun for the price.

ball3006
June 29, 2006, 12:09 PM
and they are good shotguns that don't cost an arm and a leg. The only one I have now is a Stevens 530, the predecessor to the 311 that I bought for cowboy action and cut to coach length. HD gun now...chris3

1911Tuner
June 29, 2006, 12:13 PM
Aught-six ball wrote:

>and they are good shotguns that don't cost an arm and a leg. The only one I have now is a Stevens 530, the predecessor to the 311 that I bought for cowboy action and cut to coach length. HD gun now...chris3<
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Toon makes a note: Stevens 530, and wonders if it has exposed hammers... :)

Okiecruffler
June 29, 2006, 06:26 PM
One of the best of the American Utility SXS's. I've had 1 or 2 in my life, down to just 5 now but always looking for more. The 16's I've been seeing lately are averaging around $350 and don't sit on the rack long at that price.

halvey
June 30, 2006, 11:45 AM
Nice guns, but after owning nearly 20 of them, here's some observations:

The older guns (pre serial number) have a thinner stock and forearm and feel more sleek than the newer ones. Generally, the newer guns are made of a cheaper hardwood (beech or birch), but have better bluing. That said, I've had newer ones with some nice oil stained wood. These were most liketly the wood used on the "Fox model B", which was simply a 311 with nicer features. The bluing on some the older ones though had more of a "painted on" bluing and I've seen this flake off.

The case color on the older guns tend to get spotty rust pretty easily. Fixing the case color is fairly easy with cold blue and a torch if you know how to do it. The later newer guns had a blued receiver, more of like a duracoat. I have a 410 like that.

All the 311's tend to crack in the wrist area. These were guns meant to be used and many were put away wet, then left to dry in the corner of the closet.

The 410's go for quite a bit of money, I've seen them for $600+ for nice ones. I sold my 311R awhile back for I think $550. I could have sold that gun many times over for that price. The 26" barrels in 12 and 20 gauge seem to be a bit more uncommon. all the 311's tended to be choked real tight, and with todays modern ammo they tend to pattern very tight. Handloading or opening up the chokes solve this problem. I have an older 20 gauge that is a bit more open than I/M, and I've been told this is quite uncommon. The gunsmith says it does not look like the chokes have been opened either.

That's pretty much what I know about these off the top of my head, but Okie seems to know quite a bit too. :D

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