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The only way to know for sure when your gun was made/shipped is to get a letter on it from the Savage historian --

http://www.foxcollectors.com/factory_letters.htm

I have some real problems with the published Fox serial number list, which was originally put out in 1976 by R.W. Lightner of the Lightner Library. In the 12-gauge Fox-Sterlingworths they list ending serial number for 1937 as 145,000, for 1938 as 150,000 and 1939 as 155,000. From my 18 or so years of recording serial numbers of observed Sterlingworths, something I started when helping Mike McIntosh with the Fox book, there seems to be a big gap from 143,802 to 160,195. My speculation is there were about 16,000 12-gauge Fox-Sterlingworths never made.

For 16-gauge Fox-Sterlingworths they are showing 500 (1931), 600 (1932), 600 (1933), 700 (1934), 1100 (1935), 1500 (1936), 700 (1937) and then 1600 for 1938. Then the serial numbers from 374800 to 378481 are given for 1939 up to the last gun made 8/9/1939. I don't believe there is anyway they all of a sudden pumped out 3681 16-gauge Fox-Sterlingworths in eight or nine months!!! From my 18 or so years of recording serial numbers of observed Sterlingworths, guns in the 375,xxx, 376,xxx, 377,xxx and 378,xxx range certainly exist.
 
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