Howdy, Mr. Tut (retired Fed, hey?) Thanks for your service- am going to both a local gun show this coming week-end, also an outdoor and Hunting show in the same general vicinity. If you would like, I'd be happy to "bird-dog" anything in the 20 gauge A.H. Fox (Phila mfg.) I might see, and get to check out- Would like to know a few basi cs, if you would oblige me. Barrel weight stamp and length, chokes and chamber lengths as well. DT? or Kautsky or other SST- ejectors or extractors. PG style and Butt-pad or bakelite plate. Dims- LOP from frnot trigger, etc. OAL condition: cracks, if any, wood finish. blueing and % of casehardening-estimated.. Maybe I can assist in your search- and yes, foxes do rule- RWTF
Well thanks much. I've come across a hard to find graded 20 gauge Philly Fox (s/n circa 202000) with Kautsky trigger that unfortunately has trashed barrels. I want to bring her back as she was and that as she was included 28" barrels. Since I have the original barrels, we can pull the lug off of that set of barrels and after removing the lug on the Sterly barrels we can fit that lug, then micro-tig weld the lettering and reengrave etc etc. I've looked into a set of in the white Fox barrels and frankly there is just too much work there (circa $2,500 counting labor) to get in that deep and also fund the restocking, engraving chasing etc etc.
3 weight barrels are preferred. One of the problems with the original gun was it had 4 weight barrels and those turned into .018 and .020 Minimum wall thickness about 8" from the breech and that's too thin. 3 Weight would give a bit more steel to work with. I'd prefer short chambers if possible.
PS. I've stumbled onto quite a few donor 20 gauge Sterly's with 26" barrels, but 28" has eluded me so far. Did almost buy a Sterly at an internet auction last week, but the auction house had no idea on anything regarding chamber length, chokes, bore condition etc etc and I decided it wasn't worth the risk on an "As Is" situation.
Double PS. I could certainly buy a nicer 20 gauge Sterly with 28" barrels as there are a few out there, but I dont' have much desire to buy a gun with 50 percent case colors etc just to poach the barrels. This would be the first chance I've ever had to obtain a graded small bore fox with the Kautsky trigger and that's a big deal to me as there just aren't that many out there and I've always wanted one for late season bird hunting when a single trigger helps when wearing gloves.
Once again appreciate you keeping an eye out for me. Regards, Tom