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 Post subject: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:27 pm 
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I just bought a nice Stevens Model 311 20ga. According to the Blue book, I did okay. I paid $225 for it. It is chambered to 2 3/4. Looking in the book ,it says it is a 3" chamber. It doesn't have serial numbers, so I guess it was made before 1968. Still looking for the letter to see if I can date it. Can anyone tell me is it supposed to be 2 3/4, or 3" chamber?




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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:04 pm 
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I haven't researched the Stevens 311, but the various versions of the Fox Model B 20-gauges began being catalogued as being chambered for 3-inch shells in the 1964 - 1965 time frame.


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:30 pm 
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The letter is in a tiny oval that contains the letter AND a number, in front of the trigger guard or on the bottom very front of the receiver. Starting in 1949 to 67.

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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:28 pm 
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It will say on top of the left barrel 2 3/4 or 3" witch ever it says that would be what it is unless the barrels have been changed .if it says 2 3/4 thats all you can put in it ,the older ones were 2 3/4 only.If you'll post the letter and number in the little circle on the bottom front of the receiver I can give the year it was made.


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:15 pm 
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I wouldn't fire 3" anyway; no need.

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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:07 am 
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AGREED ON THE NO NEED FOR THREE'


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:27 pm 
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my 311/5100 20ga/28" only shoots 2-3/4" shells. All I really need...

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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:48 pm 
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Paid $195 for the above gun...

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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:22 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:55 pm 
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WOW :!: nice buy and SXS I just paid 400 for a 1956 311C .410 it has maple wood --it really looks like blond walnut you see on some of the older Browning autos.Why no need for 3 inch :?:older.410's bring a lot more in the south 600 to 1000 dollars :arrow: I live in Alabama. Just thought I got a good buy :)


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:45 am 
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Stevens 410's are fetching high bucks everywhere! Really nice little guns and loads of fun to shoot...

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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:23 pm 
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I thought that I got a good deal on my 20 gauge 311. I paid $289 for it.

Those old guns are like gold now.

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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:44 am 
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bought my 20 ga for 150.oo, love them double triggers great for selecting shots in trees.


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:56 am 
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4-5 years ago, I bought and later sold a "minty" early 311 20g for $400. I always have wondered why the case colors on those guns hold up so well.


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:19 am 
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mine says on the barrel, stevens model 311 , series h , 2.3/4 and 3 inch,savage arms ,westfield mass,usa. when was this gun made? 1980? what would be an average value? thanks. this gun seems to be very well built. solid. every easy to clean. i need to put a sling on it without any swivels drilled in ,any suggestions? thanks guys


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 5:19 pm 
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jamesbond wrote:
mine says on the barrel, stevens model 311 , series h , 2.3/4 and 3 inch,savage arms ,westfield mass,usa. when was this gun made? 1980? what would be an average value? thanks. this gun seems to be very well built. solid. every easy to clean. i need to put a sling on it without any swivels drilled in ,any suggestions? thanks guys



If your gun has no SN, it was made between 1960 (when Savage moved to Westfield) & 1968 (when SN's became mandatory), and should have a circled Savage Date Code Letter stamped into the bottom of the bbls and/or frame, starting with "L" in 1960 & progressing through "M', "N", "P","R", "S", "T", "U", to "V" in 1968.

If it has a SN, it was made after 1968, and you can contact the Savage historian for a DOM ($$).

Cabela's & others carry various types of "tie-on" slings for shotguns.

20ga Steven's values are based on remaining original condition, and the absense/presence of any issues like rust, scratches, cracks, dents & bulges; and can run anywhere from $150 for a tomato stake to $450-up.


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 5:39 pm 
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Wrap around slings are handy for doubles. They wrap around the barrels in front of the forearm and around the wrist of the stock. Very handy.

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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 10:42 am 
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My 311 20 gauge was made in 1966 and left in a shed for over forty years. It had a good coating of orange rust all over it, with a couple of places on the barrel with orange scabs of rust, but I paid the old man $200 for it anyway. He said he bought it new and didn't fire a box of shells through it.

Frontier scouring pads are amazing. I was able to get the gun looking almost new, and Oxpho Blue touched up the few little bald spots that remained. The gun is so "new" that it's still stiff to open, and all case colors are still vibrant.

But you want a 311 to say 5100 on it and look like Slugos!!! Those are the older ones, made before 1960 and preferably before World War Two. I have a 1949 16 gauge 311 that has real walnut stocks and was made with a lot more attention to detail than the 1966 model, and it's a mere 311. The 5100 was the top of the Savage line, and may have cost more than the Fox Model B. My neighbor has an old 5100 12 gauge and it's light as a feather, with great walnut stocks, and someday he'll sell it to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:02 am 
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I have a 311 20ga as well and would like to put a Limbsaver type recoil pad on it for the wife...I can't seem to find any precision fit recoil pads for this stock anywhere...You guys know where to find such a thing or do I have to grind a generic size one down to fit?


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens Model 311 20 ga.
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:01 pm 
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Hi guys, just getting on this board, but i see this thread is for the Stevens 311.

I have just uncovered my grandfathers old 311 for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. (it went through the storm, and after the water fell the local authorities went through all houses in the community to obtain all weapons so that looters would not get to them. I am just now finding it from the local authorities.)

Anyway, to make a long story short, everything is in fair condition, nothing I can't work with, but it is missing the entire stock! They claim they have no idea what happened, but regardless I am without a stock.

I would love to get this beauty back up and running so I can teach my son on the same shotgun I learned on.

Thanks for any help!




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