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Found this Savage Fox Model B for sale, originally confused it with an AH Fox and jumped at the price tag. I still think it would be a nice gun to own, however, after reading that the Fox Model B is essentially just a Savage 311 with a better fit and finish, I'm inclined to get other opinions on the value of this firearm














 

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That is a Model B from the 1947 to 1958 time frame when Savage Arms Corp. was at their old J. Stevens Arms Co. factories in Chicopee Falls, Mass.

Fox Model B - The Fox Model B was introduced by a flyer inserted in some of Savage's 1939 Fox catalogues --



and was included in the 1940 Fox catalogue put out by Savage.



The 1940 retail price was $25. The Model B was offered in 12-, 16-, and 20-gauges and .410-bore. The pre-Ww-II guns had frames with a black gun-metal finish, while after WW-II they were color case-hardened. The Fox Model B shared many parts with Savage's Stevens-built 5100 action doubles, Stevens No. 530 and several Springfield models. Essentially the internal parts of a Stevens No. 530 put in a somewhat nicer profiled and decorated frame, with a bit nicer stock and forearm. By January 22, 1945, the retail price of the Model B was up to $34.50. Between 1946 and 1947, Savage consolidated their gun making operations at their old J. Stevens factories in Chicopee Falls, Mass.

Through the 1954 catalogue the Model B remained a double trigger, plain extractor, slim forearm utility gun. In the 1955 catalogue Savage added a Model BST which got a non-selective single trigger and a beavertail forearm. The offerings were the same for 1956 thru 1958.

By the 1960 catalogue the B and the BST got ventilated ribs. Between the 1960 and 1961 catalogues, Savage/Stevens/Fox moved from Chicopee Falls to the new factory at Westfield, Mass. There were no changes in the 1961 catalogue.

For 1962 a B De Luxe in 12-gauge was added with a satin chrome receiver, white-line grip cap and butt plate, checkered side panels, beavertail, ventilated rib, and gold plated non-selective single trigger. They also gold plated the trigger on the BST. There were no changes for 1963.

For 1964 the De Luxe became the BDE, and included automatic ejectors, and also was available in 20-gauge chambered for 3-inch shells. The B and BST remained unchanged.

For 1965 the B and BST 20-gauges got 3-inch chambers.

For 1966 the satin chrome BDE was gone. There was a BSE with ejectors, non-selective single trigger, satin black finish, white-line butt plate and grip cap, beavertail and ventilated rib. The Model B had double triggers, was case hardened, had a ventilated rib, and now a beavertail. Both guns now featured impressed stamped checkering. For 1967, 8, 9 and 1970 the offerings were the same. The gun control act of 1968 required Savage to start putting serial numbers on these guns.

By 1971 there was a gun called the Savage 550 which was just like the BSE but had a case hardened receiver, and was offered in 12- and 20-gauges. The text said it had precisely engineered barrels resulting in perfect balance. In the picture it appears to be a mono-bloc design?!? Also grip caps are gone from the B and BSE. Offerings for 1972 were the same - the 550 listed at $174.95, the B-SE listed at $164.95, and the B listed at $139.95.

By 1973, the BSE and 16-gauges are gone, but there is a 24-inch barrel B in 12-gauge and 20-gauge, both with 3-inch chambers.

For 1974 the Savage 550 is gone and the B-SE is back. The B-SE 12-gauge has 2 ¾ inch chambers and the 12-gauge B and 24" Fox B have 3-inch chambers. All the 20-gauge and .410-bore are 3-inch chambered. No changes for 1975, 6, 7, or 8. For 1979 the grip caps are back and the double triggered B is offered with ejectors as the BE.

For 1980, cut checkering is back, but the 24-inch barrel offerings are gone - B, BE and B-SE. In 1981 the BE was gone, but the FA-1 and the FP-1 Fox autoloader and pump appeared. For 1982 the Fox offerings were B, B-SE, FA-1 and FP-1.

For 1983 the only Fox offering was the B-SE. The B-SE remained through the 1987 catalogue when its list price was $525. By the 1988 catalogue the Fox name was gone.

From the mid-1950s on, the Stevens Model 311 was essentially a "dressed down" Fox Model B.
 

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I would love to know where people are finding B's for $400.
I have been shopping all summer for a B in 20 gauge. The only ones I have seen in the $400-450 range are beat to heck.
My local Cabalas has four B's 2-12's and 2-20's, the cheapest one is $659 and the highest one is $899.
On Gun Broker they are going for $600+ in nice shape.
Heck, 311's are selling for over $400 now.
I think people are realizing that a nice B or 311 are much better guns than the new Turkish guns on the market now.
 

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I bought a model 550 in 20 ***** and restocked to a straight grip semi beaver tail forend. with a single trigger and auto ejectors it is a sweet 20 ***** and swings perfect. I think they are a nice gun for the money and a sleeper at that.
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peeweemike said:
I own a fox stevens model b single trigger model. I need to buy the extractor. Can anyone point me to a good source?
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Try Numrich Gun Parts, www.gunpartscorp.com

To the OP: like Researcher said its from 1947-1958. You can pin it to the year, look on the bottom of the receiver near the front hinge. There will be a small oval with a letter and a number. The letter is the year of manufacture. 1949= A, 1950= B, and so on. There is no I,O, or Q. Not sure about the number in the oval's significance, if any. I have a 1950 Fox B 20 gauge, looks just like that one, but not in as good condition. That's a nice shotgun; maybe it's not up there with AH Fox or Parker, but it's a solid shooter. FWIW, I gave $500 for mine. I also have a 16 ga. Fox B made in 1962 and a 12 ga. Fox B made in 1972, both are about the same condition as the one you show. I shoot trap and skeet with my 12 gauge, have put well over 2000 rounds through it in the past year without a hiccup.

Someone mentioned they didn't know why the .410's were so much more $$$; there weren't nearly as many of them made.
 

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I think people are realizing that a nice B or 311 are much better guns than the new Turkish guns on the market now.
Not really; I own a Fox BSE in 20 - the trigger sucks compared to my AKUS- made S&W Elite Gold; If I can get 6-800 for it (according to what I see), it would be gone.
 

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I was given a 12 gauge side by side about 20 years ago. I was told it was a savage fox. I am trying to get more info on when it was manufactured and a rough value because I have stripped and refinished the stock and was going to DuraBlue the barrel and receiver. It has a double trigger and the following markings.

thanks in advance for all the help.
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