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Old January 14, 1999, 03:45 AM   #1
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Interested in information on an old Stevens double-barreled shotgun that has been in the family. Age guess is circa 1955. I'll try Gary's friend Harley on this one, but wanted to ask all of you as well:

On the receiver (?): 'Stevens Model 311, Savage Arms Corporation, Chicopee Falls, Mass. U.S.A.' and on the other side, 'Model 311A'.

On the barrels (28"): 'Selected Forged Steel', and on the other 'Proof Tested 12 Gauge, 2 3/4 Inch Chamber'

Underneath the barrels: 'UBAE' (with the 'A' and the 'E' in circles)

Thanks for any assistance.
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Old January 14, 1999, 10:40 AM   #2
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What you have is a variation of Savage/Stevens basic double barrel hammerless shotgun. These are rather plentiful as Stevens produced quite a few 311s in many variations. Stevens' "usually" have a date code behind the hinge pin or ahead of the triggerguard on the bottom of the frame that is represented by a small circle containing a number and letter - A=1949 up to V=1968. The Proof Tested is not an accepted proof as American firearms proof testing is voluntary and therefore not sanctioned or controlled by a governing body. The individual companies set their own criteria for testing so there most likely is little uniformity from mfgr to mfgr.
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Old January 14, 1999, 06:39 PM   #3
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I've got one too in 16ga. It says model 311D. I don't know what that means. I'm glad you posted this thread cus when I took it out to look at it it was all rusted up. Now I gotta clean it. Must have been some moisture in the gun cabinet.

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Old January 15, 1999, 01:03 AM   #4
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fal308 and Andy - Gary's friend Harley ( ) was kind enough to respond via email with the following:

"I have owned this shotgun and repaired and restocked these shotguns for years. In my opinion it is one of the best shotguns for the average hunter. I even shot skeet with it and have had a great time doing it.

According to my records the shotgun was manufactured under Stevens Springfield from 1931-1989, and under Stevens, (311-R) in the 18 1/4" barrel, (law enforcement) from from 1982-1989. The "A" and "E" are the series number.

Depending upon the condition of the shotgun the value is (between)$250.00 (100%) to $120.00 (60%)."

FYI. Thanks to all. Adios.

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Old January 2, 2009, 05:46 PM   #5
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stevens 311 r series j

I have a stevens 311 r series j 12 ga 18 1/4 bbl with a bluge in rt bbl can anybody give me info on replacement bbls?
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Old January 3, 2009, 08:36 PM   #6
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I own many nice shotguns, but my stevens 311 that my dad started me on is still my favorite and go to gun for upland game. Good gun.
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Old January 5, 2009, 08:18 AM   #7
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Hoss, try Numrich or Jack First for new barrels.
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