Browning Sweet 16 (X71317)
I have done a little research on my own, and all I have really figured out is that no one can seem to get a handle on Browning's Serial Number System.
Either way - I have four Browning Sweet Sixteens (they all say "Sweet Sixteen" on the left side and have art stenciling all over the barrel, stock and trigger). Two are in mint condition in a safe, and the other two I still use for pheasant hunting every year. All the serial numbers are within 100 of each other, so I will just put one up here - I would like to know the year and approximate value of the guns if anyone has a clue. I don't intend to part with them, but I have heard everything from $250 to $2250 and have no real clue of their actual value.
St. Louis, Mo (left hand side of barrel)
Serial Number - FN - X71317
Three out of the four (and one of the mint condition guns) have full chokes. The two that are not in mint condition do not have any rust, but the stock has been chipped over the years. I know the guns have been in my family for a minimum of 40 years, as they were the guns my father and his brothers used to hunt pheasant as kids.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.