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I seem to recall there was a late production Fox shotgun made with flat sides, without the pointed milling. Does anyone know what model that was? If you own one, could you post a picture?
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There are pictures and discussions of that model on the Fox Collectors Association website and forum.
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The gun was called an SPE Skeet & Upland special.
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Savage introduced the flat-sided black gun-metal finished SP-/SPE-Grade in the summer of 1932.

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By 1935 Savage added a Skeet & Upland Game Gun version with some scroll engraving on the frame and barrels --

SP Grade Skeet & Upland Game Gun 1935 retail catalogue.jpg

As things were approaching the end, Savage used up some of the SP frames to make Fox-Sterlingworths --

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Here is one--
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The early SP-/SPE-Grades were absolutely plain. A 12-gauge --

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A 16-gauge --

3033xx Early SP 16.jpg

After a while Savage added a bit of border engraving and flourishes to the SP-/SPE-Grades. A 12-gauge --

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A 16-gauge --

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As things were approaching the end, Savage used up some of the SP frames to make Fox-Sterlingworths --

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These are the ones I was thinking of...the color hardened guns made on the SP frames.
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In 12-gauges the thirteen Fox-Sterlingworths I've recorded from 132649 to 132927 are 30-inch barrel on the flat-sided frame. Three from 137963 to 138010 are 28-inch barrel Fox-Sterlingworths on the flat-sided SP-Frame. I've recorded one 26-inch barrel SP-frame Fox-Sterlingworth 161319.

In 16-gauge the five Fox-Sterlingworths I've recorded from 376996 to 377119 are 28-inch barrel guns on the flat-side SP-frames.

Haven't seen one in 20-gauge yet.

In addition, I've seen one or two very late "executive" guns made on the SP-Frame that were color case hardened.
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Dave, exactly what are the Executive guns made on the SP frame and case colored? How are they different from the flat sided case colored Sterlingworths that you pictured?
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Better wood & checkering and varying amounts of better than Fox-Sterlingworth engraving.
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