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My first Fox

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Hello fellow fox people!

I recently won this at an auction here in Canada. It is a Utica 16ga Sterlingworth. Appears to be choked IC/M with 28" barrels. Barrels appear to be 4 weight, bluing is good with with some wear and scuffs and a couple of small pits on that exterior, bores are shiny.
Stock is good except for a slight crack along the grain which appears to be just in the finish. I did remove the recoil pad which had been glued on to check, was not used to seeing a solid butt stock. I had planned to replace the pad with an appropriate style plate anyway, it's on order now. Other than that the only issue I know of is an apparent light primer strike on the right barrel. I'm not sure if there was gunk in the action or wear in the chamber or if the primers are set a little deep in the cheddite hulls I loaded. I have followed the disassembly instructions found here and given the action a cleaning. I've ordered a letter as well, I'm interested in knowing if it is all original.
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Welcome aboard the Fox ship. I hope you’ll post some pictures with a dead bird.
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Thanks Jeff, I will. Grouse opens in Sep, be awhile...
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WOOHOO! Sounds like a great combination! Congrats!
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Thanks Galaxie.
My folks had a 67 Galaxie 500 Convertible, 390. Sweet car! I learned to drive in that...
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One thing that has me wondering about my gun is the forend. It appears to have been replaced at some time. For one thing the colour of the finish has slightly less red tones than the buttstock. And although it has my serial number (376276) stamped on it it appears to have been stamped over top of another number. Finally have taken the time to get some pictures.
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The original number appears to be 378310, less than 200 to the last 16 ga number.

I'm hoping that this was done at the factory and that my letter will reflect this, still waiting for it.
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All I get when I try to open your images is a "Dropbox 401 Error"

On this site one doesn't need a picture hosting service. Link photos directly from your computer with the Attachments tab.

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Thanks Researcher, that was easy!
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A 16 gauge Fox is the best all around gun you can own! Bobby
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Nice late FOX-STERLINGWORTH. I use to own an identical gun 80 digits lower serial number.

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