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Old 04-01-2009, 9:36 PM
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Default Tell me about this rifle: Savage Arms 24V

What was the purpose behind this rifle?

Quick breakdown for those who don't know:
- Hinge action over-under rifle
- Top barrel chambered in .30-30
- Bottom barrel chambered in 20 gauge

I only ask because I've never heard of it. I saw it recently and it looked kinda cool. I'm guessing it was made to hunt different types of game at different ranges. Anyone else have an idea?

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The barrel is selected by a spur on the top of the hammer. Here's a picture with the action open:

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A buddy of mine has a 357 over a 410 gauge which is pretty cool to have. The 410 is good for snakes while the 357 can be used to take CA. sized dear.
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The 24 has been a Savage staple for a very long time. I've owned two myself; .22/.410 and a .30-30/12ga.

I still kick myself for trading away the .22/.410. Not only was the .22 barrel so very accurate, the .410 patterned perfectly centered.

I have...HAD...a bad habit of losing good guns in trade or sales
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Thanks for the response guys. I wasn't sure what I'd use it for, but I really wanted to pick one up. Savage Arms didn't carry it anymore, at least from what I could see on their website.

The different rifle/shotgun combos available was new to me also. Greaaat. I think I'm going to hunt for one now
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The Savage Model 24 combo gun actually began life as the Stevens Model 22-410 in 1939. Savage bought out Stevens in 1920, but the combo gun was introduced as a Stevens and continued in production as the Stevens Model 22-410 through 1950. After that time, the gun was renamed the Savage Model 24 with various letter suffixes over the years. Many pre-68 guns have no serial number.

I have a 24C Camper - a .22/20gauge takedown version in a case, with storage in the buttstock for ammo - http://maxicon.com/guns/savage_24c.htm. It's a neat piece, but has a few flaws, though I believe some of them were fixed in later models. Owners of the other models can chime in on this.

Mine's sensitive to primer seating depth on the 20g barrel. Many types of ammo won't fire in it. This is common in the older 24C models - I don't know about other 24s.

The barrels generally shoot to a different point of aim, which isn't surprising - how are you going to sight in one set of sights for 2 calibers? Not a big deal with the shotshells, as you can sight it in on the other barrel and hope the shotgun spread covers the target, but if you use slugs, you have to compromise at your chosen sighting range.

If your barrel selector is at the top position, you can accidentally switch the selector if you reach too far when you're cocking the hammer.

Mine has extractors, not ejectors, so it's not as fast a reload, especially if you've got clumsy fingers, but this isn't a speedy shooting gun anyway.

The D model was prone to breaking the shotgun firing pin spring - always good to check in a used gun.

Some later models have plastic trigger guards.
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