View Full Version : I BOUGHT ONE!!! Savage model 24

June 27, 2012, 04:52 PM
I finally broke down and bought a Savage model 24. I got the model 24c series p campers companion .22lr 20 gauge. I cant wait to get it. It was expensive but it is in great shape. I had to put it on layaway for 30 days but will post pics when i get it. Anyone else have a savage model 24? Do you like it? ive read nothing but good things.

June 27, 2012, 06:19 PM
I hunted with that exact Savage back in the 70s. It was a GREAT hunting setup for tree rats. If you didn't get'em with the .22 all you had to do was thumb the hammer back and switch to the 20 ga. Mine was a tack driver and I was fool to sell it. You'll have fun with yours. Keep an eye on the spring latch for the forearm. They tend to loosen up over time.

June 27, 2012, 06:25 PM
These are a whole bunch of fun. Can't beat huning in the snow for rabbits. ..:)
Just a little advice, don't dry fire it. Instead, get some snap caps if you must.

Be Safe !!!

June 27, 2012, 07:09 PM
I always was fascinated with the combo guns. I have an old Savage 24 22wmr over 20 guage. You could shoot about anything with that gun. Most of them I have handled don't have the greatest trigger , but it's not a sniper rifle. I think I got mine for a low price because the guy thought the forearm spring asssembly was toast. It just needed to be fiddled with . It works fine now. I don't use it a lot. I like to take it rabbit hunting in the snow.Enjoy your new gun.

Al Den
June 27, 2012, 08:28 PM
I have the same .22 Mag/20 ga. Passed up on a Camper at a gun show, case and all, not long ago. I personally don't cotton to a .22 LR. Enjoy!

4570 ruger#1
June 27, 2012, 08:28 PM
I've had several over the years,finally got the one i've been looking for,a 24f in .30/30 over 12ga.
They are great guns, you'll like it.

June 27, 2012, 11:17 PM
Does anyone know if the .22lr is rimfire or center fire?

Mal H
June 28, 2012, 12:34 AM
.22 LR is always rimfire.

June 28, 2012, 10:19 AM
can you put a scope or reddot on those? ive always wanted one for squirrel and small game but i just dont know about open sights out in the woods, i have a hard time seeing without some type of optic

June 28, 2012, 10:35 AM
can you put a scope or reddot on those?
Some combos are better than others for mounting and the .22Lrs do not provide much for doing so. I guess that is why most are left as such. In my opinion, you loose some advantages by scoping them. My eyes have seen too many birthdays as well and I just paint the front blade. ... ;)

Be Safe !!!

June 28, 2012, 12:12 PM
I've had a few over the years, my grandfather had an old 24.22/410, I killed my first squirrel with it. It had some kind of cheap crappy finish that you could scratch off easily with your thumbnail, so I refinished it only to find some of the finest Walnut under that crap, I couldn't believe it,,,, anyway I digress.
The .22 barrel usually is grooved for rimfire mounts, for scope mounting.;)

Al Den
June 28, 2012, 06:06 PM
Mine is, but it also has a warning NOT to use a scope with the 20 ga. shotgun. Gee, I wonder y?

June 28, 2012, 06:28 PM
Congradulations, hope you enjoy it. The old savages are a lot of fun! :cool:

July 1, 2012, 06:21 AM
I had two Savage O/Us. The first was a .22LR/20 gauge. It was heavy to carry and because it had to be cocked before firing, too slow and not enough firepower for grouse and woodcock.

The sights were comparatively crude, so I didn't have much confidence hitting small animals beyond 40 yards. The shotgun barrel had a full-choke that was too tight for small game within 30 yards. I traded the piece after about a year of ownership.

The second o/u was a .357/20 gauge and it was pretty nice because I shot a lot of cast bullet loads in it. The shotgun barrel could take a slug, but again, I sold it because it wasn't particularly effective for hunting or general shooting.

A receiver sight with an improved front sight might make the O/U much more effective, but scopes are a clumsy add-on because stocks aren't designed for that extra height and a scope makes that rifle way too heavy. A mini red-dot might be just the ticket, however.

IMHO, a variable-power scoped .22LR semi-auto, lever, or bolt-action rifle is more effective for hunting, plinking, and general shooting than the O/U. A semi-auto or O/U shotgun will get more flying birds.

Another problem with a rifle/shotgun is that it can't be used for hunting waterfowl because only shotguns may be used.

July 2, 2012, 08:00 PM
Had a 22/410 growing up that was used for squirrel/rabbit hunting. If they were sitting still inside of 40 to 50 yds, ya used the 22. Flip the selector switch up, cock it, aim and fire. If they were moving or in heavy brush, ya left the selector switch down, cocked it, aimed and fired. I could shoulder, cock, aim, and fire without thinking about it. It was great.
Grandfather had a over/under 410 that we used for quail, dove, and duck hunting. It had double hammer/trigger set up, it was the shotgun everyone wanted to use.
Grandfather also had a 22 Hornet/410(only one I have ever seen). It was kept over the back door for shooting at coyotes and crows(coyotes ate the chickens and gramps hated crows). Once again the same thing. if they were sitting still out to 100 to 125yds, ya used the hornet. The old fixed sights were set for 100yds and they were accurate. If they were less than 40yds ya used the 410, very effective.
Wish I had them today, ones in good to great shape are hard to find. Wish Savage would get the new over/under out with a reasonable price. I might actually purchase a new savage, the wife would never believe it...:cool:

July 2, 2012, 09:58 PM
Fond memories...

Learned to shoot frogs with my grandfather and his St. Louis Arms (Mossburg) .22 single shot. But when my dad adopted me he borrowed a .22/.410 OU from a friend for a couple years. That's how I learned to shoot rabbits running in front of beagles. Once I could hit quail the OU was returned and for my birthday I got a very nice (used) Browning Light 12 that is still my favorite gun today. But of all my hunting over the years, I think if I listed all my fondest memories then I suspect the little OU would count up with the highest number of occurrences for any of the guns I've used.

I'm keeping my eye out for one.

NRA Life Member
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July 3, 2012, 11:50 AM
Look on Gunbroker.com, AuctionArms.com, & other gun auction sites. Look under the single-shot, over/under, & other headings. Sometimes I have found them in the regular rifle and/or shotgun sections...Goood Hunting...:cool: