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Bob, the rounded feature on the Fox is a characteristic Burt Becker touch. If I'm not mistaken, the Philadelphia Arms Company guns have a similar treatment.

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The toplever most likely will come back some to the right when the barrels are in place.


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In regards to the arrowheads...it is really a matter of personal preference, whether they be pointed or rounded is probably done to accomodate the planned engraving.

Eightbore and Stan are correct regarding the top lever of most Foxes will be slightly left of center when the barrels are not on the action.

Dan, did you file off the "Sterlingworth" or tig weld, then file the letters in on the sides of the action?

The decision to scallop and rebate the action may also be dependant on whether or not one would like to incorporate a border to the engraving. Here's a couple of pics of an upgraded custom 16-ga. Parker VHE that was engraved by Bob Strosin with such a border...scalloping and rebating may have detracted from the overall look.



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Great job on the metalwork Mr. Dan. I hope Jakaroo will see this post so he can see what knid of work you'll do on his three Sterly's besides the stocking yall will be doing. I'm certainly looking forward to engraving them. ken



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Great job on the metalwork Mr. Dan. I hope Jakaroo will see this post so he can see what knid of work you'll do on his three Sterly's besides the stocking yall will be doing. I'm certainly looking forward to engraving them. ken



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To answer a few questions; personally I would love to see this action rebated if not scalloped and also have the opportunity to stock it. However, This gun was previously stocked some years back with a nice stick of wood. Thus, rebates and or scallops where out of the question as this gun already sports a custom stock. In a perfect world the metal work would be done first but it will come together nicely in the end.

The Sterlingworth was filed off as was the original engraving it was not very deep.

The top lever is to the left of center in the photos because there are absolutely no internal parts in the gun at the time the photos where taken. Thus, the top lever is not connected to anything. However as part of this job we preformed a full rejoin refitting hook to hingepin, barrel breech to breech face (back on face), and rotary bolt to rib extension. When fully assembled with barrels in place the top lever is well to the right.

Thanks again for all the kind feedback.

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Thosw steps behind the fences really fire my rocket. I reciently got two Foxes in 20 and 16 but my job stability is not very secure right now. Hopefully it will improve and I can get going on one of them at least.

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Very nice work, and a nice "design" or maybe "redesign" Nice work. And I would only worry about the position of the lever with the barrels mounted and closed.


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I suspect the lever might be centered or right-of-center if the bolt had a barrel lug to contact, no?

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Very nice. I understand there's to be no restock, but if there were, those shadow lines could have been planned to continue around the cheek panels. Shadow-line panels were/are popular on Ruger #1's and somewhere out there is a custom, DeMunck-engraved NID with shadow-line cheeks.


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