Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge Bolt

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by Sniper03, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

    I have my grandfather's Fox Sterlingworth 20g. Double F&F It is a fine double I have hunted with it since I was 12.
    While thoroughly cleaning it inside and out. And lubricating all the parts. I noticed that the Bolt seems to have been improperly heat treated if they did. And it has quite a bit of wear and damage to it from years of operation. It still works OK but I would like to get another bolt for it. I checked with Numrich who does not have one. Does anyone know who might have one or could make one to spec.

  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    Do you have any pics?

  3. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

    What would be wrong with building the original bolt back to specs and heat treating it after you build it back & dress it? That's the easiest way to get it done if you can't find a bolt. Barring that you could take the bolt & use it as the pattern to make another.
  4. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

    I will probably need to disassemble the shotgun to get a good picture of it. To get the correct cuts and dimensions from it building it from a picture would be a lot of luck and a masterpiece it has all sorts of directional cuts, angles that act as camming surfaces. And I could send it out to a tool maker. The only thing I am afraid of is, being the airloom that it is. If it were to get lost WOW! I would be devastated. Obviously because who knows where there is another one.
    If you have any feedback on this information please advise. Would sure like to locate one somewhere!

  5. rifleman55

    rifleman55 New Member

    Find a good gunsmith. If you cannot find one, Scott Null at S&S Sporting is a Master Gunsmith, has a heat treating oven, is a master machinest and could make one for you that would work 100%.
    His prices are reasonable and he will not loose or damage your shotgun.
    He can have it picked up at your house by Fed-X. Just package the gun in a good case, double wrap it with cardboard. He has had thousands of guns shipped to him over the years and Fed-X has yet to loose one. A couple have been misplaced by Fed-X, but they have always found them. It's rare for them to misplace one.
    Properly packaged, it will not get damaged either.
    His phone # is 208-313-1570.

    I'm a retired gunsmith, was a darn good smith, Scott is the best I've ever seen. Expect at least 3 month wait, good smiths are always backed up. If you find a smith that will have it back in a week, he is most likely not a great smith unless he is doing you a favor and putting yours ahead of other guns.

    John K
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2011
  6. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter


    Thank you very much for the information! I will be in contact with Mike.