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I have a Stevens model 311A and would like to know an approximate year of manufacture and value. I was reading a similar post and there was a series of letters and numbers for dating, but mine only has letters.

Top of one barrel it says; proof tested 12 gauge
2 ¾” Chamber

Top of right barrel it says; Selected Forged Steel

Left side of gun: Stevens 311
Savage Arms Corporation
Chicago, Ill.

On the other side it says; Stevens 311 A

Open the breach and on the left it has stamped the letters

K S ( A in a circle) then (G in a circle) then the letter A

On the right side it is stamped the Greek symbol “Omega” (fancy looking U)
not the actual word Omega, just the symbol.

The wood is in Very Mint condition, I refinished the wood when I was 13 (1963). It was handed down to me from my grandfather, but I don't know how long he had it prior to 1963. He was a horse trader, I know he didn't get it new.
 

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Top Gun,

I'm not sure which of the letters you mention in your thread is the date code. You mention four: "K S ( A in a circle) then (G in a circle) then the letter A".
Savage/Stevens date codes: A = 1949, K = 1959, S = 1965 and G = 1955.

"The wood is in Very Mint condition, I refinished the wood when I was 13 (1963)." Not everyone will agree that the wood is in "Very Mint Condition". Most would say the wood is refinished but poorly done because of the sanding done to the wood at the edges, etc. that results in a very poor fit of wood to metal. Caution should be maintained when sanding to keep those edges sharp and not rounded. But at age 13, you did very well.

Enjoy shooting it with at the most, field or target loads. Best not to use steel shot or 2 3/4 inch magnum loads.

Keep it in the family.

Hope this helps.

Jolly
 

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You go by the letter. M is 1961.

A 1949 B 1950 C 1951 D 1952 E 1953 F 1954 G 1955 H 1956 I 1957


J 1958 K 1959 L 1960 M 1961 N 1962 P 1963 R 1964 S 1965 T 1966


U 1967 V 1968 W 1969 X1970
 
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