View Full Version : Age of a Savage model 220?

October 19, 2011, 09:18 PM
No serial number, so probably before 1968, but how can I tell when it was made?

October 20, 2011, 03:31 AM
I don't know how to tell offhand. It could have been made any time between 1938 and 1968.

Does it have a flaming bomb stamp anywhere?

October 20, 2011, 08:08 AM
There were letters added to the model number :220; 220a; 220b; 220c. If your reciever just says 220 on it then it is one of the very early ones.

The last ones made used a side lever for opening the action, the earler models had the top lever. Numrich Arms still has parts for them.

October 20, 2011, 10:37 AM
The left side of the barrel is stamped with "model 220" (no letters). "Chicopee Falls, MA" is also stamped. If that helps date the thing.
I haven't found any stampings on the receiver.
Primarily curious about the gun. The value is less important than the answers.
I've attached a couple of pictures if that is any help.

Needs a good cleaning and oiling. Just trying to figure out how to break it down. The fore piece has no latch (like is on a Citori), so trying to figure out how to take that off without damaging the gun...any ideas?

October 20, 2011, 12:32 PM
trying to figure out how to take that off without damaging the gun...any ideas?
Many forearms on those shotguns are held on by an S-shaped spring latch. To remove the forearm, just grab it near the tip and pull it away from the barrel, it should just pivot and come off.

October 20, 2011, 12:44 PM
The forearm is removed by pulling downward, just grab the front of it and pull away from the barrel. There is a flat spring inside of the forearm that holds it in place. The barrel will come out when you open the action.

The pictures show that you have the diecast trigger guard, I believe that came somewhat later in manufacture. But the gun is still a early production piece.

I have the brother to that model, a Model 219 in 30-30 rifle. Savage made both as a utility type of firearm. Farmers used them for chicken coop fox's and general hunting. It was a behind the door gun or one that was kept in the barn.
The rifle has a smaller firing pin, it came in 22 Hornet, 30-30, 25-20, 32-20, and 25-35. Some models could be bought with extra barrels, rifle/shotgun combo's.
The stock set is the same as the Savage Model 94 shotgun and the Model 24 O/U. Boyd's has replacement stock sets that require only minor fitting.

I have just found a 16 gauge barrel for my 219, Snapped right into place and locked up tight as a vault.

Having a shotgun/rifle combination is nothing new, it's just the gun makers want you to think they come up with a new idea.

My 1957 Gun Digest lists the Savage 220 comming in 12ga., 16ga., 20ga., 28ga., and 410-3" . The MSRP at that time was $29.50

October 20, 2011, 10:45 PM
Jaguar and Scorch, thanks for the info. Broke it down and cleaned it up nicely tonight. Next stop...gunsmith to make sure it's safe to fire. Still trying to figure out a way to date it. Since it has "Chicopee Falls, Mass" stamped, the latest I've come up with is somewhere between 1946 (when it looks like Savage moved from Utica, NY to Stevens works in C.F, and "late 1950's" when they moved again.

Anyone got any other ideas?

October 21, 2011, 08:31 AM
By the way my 219 has a stamped steel trigger guard. And the barrels (30-30and 16 ga.) are marked Utica, Ny.

November 8, 2011, 11:29 PM
Gunsmith gave it a clean bill of health, so it's out to the field to add some of my memories to this old gun. Thanks for the input!