View Full Version : Savage 219 help

June 5, 2009, 10:40 AM
I have an early (1938?) 219 that apparently needs some internal repair. No one I've talked to wants to touch it, especially after seeing the internal workings. Any thoughts? I can ship the action to anywhere, although I'm in the Pacific NW.

James K
June 5, 2009, 11:34 AM
First, that gun is not that complex, and anyone who has worked on a single or double shotgun should have no probem with it. Most parts are still available from Gun Parts (www.gunpartscorp.com).

The problem is the worth of the gun. In average shape, they only bring around $100, retail. Gunsmiths like to get around $50 an hour (if you think that is high, have you called a plumber lately?), so that any serious repairs would cost more than the gun is worth. All gunsmiths shy away from making repairs that will cost more than the value of the gun because customers will very often simply abandon the gun rather than pay for the repair, leaving the gunsmith out his time and the cost of parts.

If you want to tackle the job yourself, as I said parts are available and it can be an educational experience. If you mess things up, you have not harmed a valuable gun.


June 6, 2009, 07:25 AM
What "internal repair" does your Savage 219 apparently need ?

I've fixed a couple of my own - and well worth spending a few $$$ on - since when they even appear on one of the online auctions for about $350 or so, they disappear in a New York Minute, being considered a very desireable rifle by afficiacondos.


James K
June 6, 2009, 11:34 AM
IMHO, $350 would be a lot too high, but that is what auctions are all about, I guess. Still might be hard to get a gunsmith to work on it.

I have no license, but if PetahW does he might be willing to tackle your gun.


June 13, 2009, 07:02 PM
This is a gun that belonged to my dad, and I'd like to keep it around regardless of thev actual $$$ value or repair cost. The lever moves about halfway over, no longer cocks the action, and it won't open or release.

June 15, 2009, 07:35 AM
That sounds like the action needs to come apart, to see what has either broken or slippped it's retainer.

The sick area should be visible, after removing the buttstock, and looking upward toward the underside of the area where the lever pivot interacts with cocking the striker and withdrawing the barrel locking bolt (with a good light).

If you're not mechanically inclined, try googling "shotgun repairs", for gunsmiths, to see if one will take it on.


I can't have you ship it to me, jokes aside, because I'm retired & am no longer an FFL holder.


June 15, 2009, 09:42 AM
I'll keep after it 'till we gitterdun. Note that I haven't mentioned how well the old Hornet shoots, tough trigger and all, because few would believe me. Thanks again for your attention.

June 16, 2009, 04:46 PM
Good luck. I sure love the mint 30/30 219 I managed to get ahold of last year. They are really nice old rifles, tough to find any more.

June 23, 2009, 11:12 AM
When I saw these couple ads this morning, it reminded me of this posting recently about the Savage 219. Thought some might be interested to see the type interest they bring and the price someone might pay for some good examples::eek:




June 25, 2009, 03:07 PM
You can take the buttplate off and remove the stock, that will give you a look at the action.