C Grade Sterlingworth Custom

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C Grade Sterlingworth Custom

Postby Brian » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:58 pm

Just to refresh everyone's memory, this started life as a Utica made, 26" Cyl & IC Sterlingworth "Brush" straight grip (according to Callahan letter) It was returned to factory and a year later sold as a second (according to Callahan letter) but now has C Grade engraving (its factory, laid against 3 other C grades and there is no difference) most likely done by a buddy of the guy who bought it at work.
As it stood, the gun was not shootable with drop of 1 1/2 x 1 1/2. Dan Rossiter did the wood work and converted the short "brush" style guard to graded style.
Wood came from a AHFGCA member (thanks VA T!) . this is not an attempt to create a C Grade. Its a way to rejuvenate a great little gun with some cool character.
The case is from FEI Cases.
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And the final result of this endeavor; my new Springer Mollie (9months) and our first bird killed together, and my first bird killed with the new Fox.
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Re: C Grade Sterlingworth Custom

Postby vaturkey » Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:58 pm

Turned out rather amazing. Dan Rossiter test fired it in my presence last year at the NE SXS in Pa while I was shooting my custom 20 gauge Fox. I fell in love with it then. Just to show that sometimes a great blank turns into a great looking stock, here's a picture of the blank along with another blank that I kept for a straight stock gun down the road that's pretty sweet also. Actually going to talk to Dan about that blank this coming weekend.

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Re: C Grade Sterlingworth Custom

Postby Ithaca1 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:45 pm

Brian,
Beautiful Fox. That is the best looking beaver-tail forearm I have ever seen. Most are clunky and screw up the lines, but the way yours slims down is just elegant.

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Re: C Grade Sterlingworth Custom

Postby simcgunner » Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:50 am

Beautiful job. That came out exceptionally fine.
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Re: C Grade Sterlingworth Custom

Postby bbman3 » Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:20 pm

That is one great Fox!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bobby
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Re: C Grade Sterlingworth Custom

Postby hayslope » Sun Mar 13, 2016 7:53 am

Stunning!!! Great photos by the way!
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Re: C Grade Sterlingworth Custom

Postby MARSHFELLOW » Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:09 am

........nice job Brian.
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Re: C Grade Sterlingworth Custom

Postby Sporrns » Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:17 pm

I shot bunker trap hard for 10 years with a straight out-of-the-box Browning Superposed Pigeon Grade Lightning Trap that came out of the factory stocked 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 with long-tang flat knob stock, Browning pad and the so-nice narrow tapered rib. Took some getting used to but shot straight as an arrow; no "hold above" or "hold below" or any of that 70/30 nonsense. At 65 meters it would turn a clay pigeon into confetti! No good of course for the grouse woods with those dimensions or those killer chokes but what a gun for the bunker!
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Re: C Grade Sterlingworth Custom

Postby Brian » Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:29 pm

Specs for this gun
Weight 5 lb 14 oz. on digital scale
LOP 14 1/4"
Drop 1 3/8" x 2 1/8
Cast 1/8"
Pitch 5deg (2 1/2")

made to my measurements taken by Chris Batha
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Re: C Grade Sterlingworth Custom

Postby Mike of the Mountain » Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:16 pm

Beautiful gun!!!
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Re: C Grade Sterlingworth Custom

Postby birdawg » Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:10 am

That kittle sweet heart can hang in my safe anytime.
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