View Full Version : Savage 340B .222 - Scope ?'s

February 3, 2010, 09:22 PM
Call me crazy for even considering putting any money into this but that is all it is at this point, just thinking out loud.

This Savage was the first centerfire rifle I ever owned and has always been fun to plink with but I'm thinking about mounting a scope on it and I have no idea at all where to start. For those who aren't familiar with this rifle, it has 4 holes pre-tapped on the left hand side and will take some kind of angled scope mount. I have no experience with this as all of my other scoped rifles are the standard type that are tapped on the top of the receiver to receive bases.

Doing some digging around on the Internet I'm seeing some folks mention that you can't really mount a "typical" scope that has the objective bell that is significantly larger than the tube of the scope because of clearance issues.

I don't really want to put a lot of money into this, if I go through with it, but I also don't want to put a cheap, tinny mount on the rifle then top it off with a cheap scope.

Let's say an overall budget of $200 (ballpark) as a starting point and no intention of ever shooting past 300 yards.

If anyone has a recommendation that goes over the $200, please feel free to post it here. I'm just using that as an imaginary goal post since I have no idea what to expect.

What type/make/model of side mount base should I be looking for?

Will I still need standard scope ring bases or are these built into the side mount base?

Will I use standard scope rings for this?

Any recommended scopes for this rifle that would be good out to 300 yards?

February 3, 2010, 10:13 PM
I have one of those Savage 340s(actually a Springfield in my case) in 30-30. Mine came to me with the scope mount but I believe it is a Weaver. A 32mm bell works fine with the irons in place.....I can even use the open sights with the scope in place (just barely) I think that you could mount a 40mm without problem.

February 6, 2010, 08:06 PM
Check out the EEEEVVVVVIIIIILLLLLL feebay and find a nice old used Weaver K4.

February 6, 2010, 08:09 PM
You need a 2-piece weaver side mount. The first piece is the base. The 2nd is the top piece with the rings. They make 2 styles - you really need the "tall" mount. For a very short time, I had hold of a Savage 340 that a widow in my office asked me to sell for her. The scope mount was broken so I found a new one and I put on a cheap scope that I had laying around so that I could sell it for her.

February 6, 2010, 10:15 PM
i have my dads 340. it already had the side base. there are two set ups available, a short one and a long one. dad had a k4 but it went yellow inside. so i have a older scopechief on it. a compact 4x or a 1 to 4 variable fits nice. only a straight tube body without the swelled area around the adjustment area will work....hope that helps some, bobn

February 6, 2010, 10:23 PM

February 7, 2010, 08:43 AM
looks like another option, thanks Abel. it does kinda worry me though. it might be like a see thru mount and that would make using the cheek piece of the stock hard. bobn

February 7, 2010, 09:34 AM
it might be like a see thru mount and that would make using the cheek piece of the stock hard

I don't think it sits the scope that high. You could put a scout scope on it.



February 7, 2010, 01:56 PM
Thanks for all of the suggestions offered here!

I was looking at the Weaver but I've never mounted this type of base so I didn't have the first clue as to what I am after.

Abel, I really like that B-Square mount and ring setup that you posted.
The price is pretty tolerable as well. I think I may go that route.

Any suggestions on scopes?

I am running Leupold and Nikons right now and for this rifle, I would like something in the $100 range, not over $200, and with some pretty clear glass.
As mentioned before, I'll probably never try to reach out past 300 yds. with this rifle and standard range shooting will most likely be at 100, 150 and 200 yds.

February 7, 2010, 02:53 PM
I would like something in the $100 range, not over $200, and with some pretty clear glass

I'm a huge fan of Burris optics. I also love Nikon & Leupold, but this 6x Burris is on sale for $105.99 & free shipping:


These new Redfields are made by Leupold:


This Nikon ProStaff 3-9x 40mm is on sale for $135 & free shipping:


February 12, 2010, 05:29 AM
i have one in 30-30, Im very happy with my simmons 4x32 with the B-Square mount from midway, the weaver mount was junk in my opinion. They are good beater rifles that you can throw on the ground when you miss and not damage.

Fat White Boy
February 12, 2010, 11:27 PM
+1 on the 340 in .30-30. It has a side mounted 4X Tasco on it for now. I will be putting a higher quality scope on it soon. I have been loading for it using 120gr bullets and have it up to around 2500 fps.