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#13804437 - 05/08/19 Should I cut my Savage 24 DL down from 24"?  
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Should I cut my Savage 24 DL down from 24"? I'm a believer in lighter is better; not to mention handier.

It's in .22 mag / 20 ga. It's scoped and I use it for, in this order, grouse, squirrels, rabbits, fall turkey, and yotes. No wingshooting.

Can think of any reason *not* to cut it down to at least 20", other than the cost of doing so (including front sight setback), and the reduction of collector value, which is the biggest concern.

.22 mag maxes out velocity around 18"-19" or so, and 20 ga isn't gaining anything either. It's a cylinder bore I think, and I doubt the shotgun will pattern any differently being cut back, but I could be mistaken about this. ??

I guess the big question is, if I cut it is, which length? 20, 19.5, 19, or 18.5" ?

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#13804720 - 05/08/19 Re: Should I cut my Savage 24 DL down from 24"? [Re: DannyLandrum]  
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I would for sure. I did and it made it much handier.

I had mine cut back to 20". I also had colonial chokes put in the shotgun barrel, The front sight was changed to a firesight and a peep sight installed on the receiver.I st the irons to work with 40 grain .22 WMR. This leaves slugs shooting about 3" left of POA at 50 yards. I just use the left side of the front sight for an aiming point when I use them.

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#13805104 - 05/09/19 Re: Should I cut my Savage 24 DL down from 24"? [Re: DannyLandrum]  
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Originally Posted by DannyLandrum
Should I cut my Savage 24 DL down from 24"? I'm a believer in lighter is better; not to mention handier.

It's in .22 mag / 20 ga. It's scoped and I use it for, in this order, grouse, squirrels, rabbits, fall turkey, and yotes. No wingshooting.

Can think of any reason *not* to cut it down to at least 20", other than the cost of doing so (including front sight setback), and the reduction of collector value, which is the biggest concern.

.22 mag maxes out velocity around 18"-19" or so, and 20 ga isn't gaining anything either. It's a cylinder bore I think, and I doubt the shotgun will pattern any differently being cut back, but I could be mistaken about this. ??

I guess the big question is, if I cut it is, which length? 20, 19.5, 19, or 18.5" ?



If you such a pussey that 4 inches mean a lot to you, go ahead and butcher it.


#13805251 - 05/09/19 Re: Should I cut my Savage 24 DL down from 24"? [Re: DannyLandrum]  
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#13806296 - 05/09/19 Re: Should I cut my Savage 24 DL down from 24"? [Re: DannyLandrum]  
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If you such a pussey that 4 inches mean a lot to you, go ahead and butcher it.


Lol. ok then. What kind of forum is this?

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#13822125 - 05/15/19 Re: Should I cut my Savage 24 DL down from 24"? [Re: DannyLandrum]  
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I've always wanted a combo SBR / SBS... cut a Savge 24 down to 12-14"



But it's a non starter where I live. frown

#13823804 - 05/15/19 Re: Should I cut my Savage 24 DL down from 24"? [Re: DannyLandrum]  
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I've got 11 Savage 24s and have probably owned a dozen more since 1964, but of all that I've owned, the style that I liked the very least was the short 24C Camper's Companion.

That said, it is your firearm, so you should do to it whatever makes you happy.

Have you read Marshall Stanton's 06/10/2000 piece on the Savage 24 in the Tech Note section at www.beartoothbullets.com? Probably the best piece ever written about the Savage 24.

Don't you think that it is rather odd that hardly anyone cared about the Savage 24 until they'd been discontinued?

#13824446 - 05/16/19 Re: Should I cut my Savage 24 DL down from 24"? [Re: DannyLandrum]  
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Hold the hacksaw! I've got the same .22 Mag./3" 20 gauge M24H-DL and if there is a more practical walking around rambling rifle, I've yet to find it. First off, unless your M24 is different than mine, there is some choke construction in the end of the barrel likely around modified. I had a 20 gauge pump cut down once and that straight cylinder bore made the thing nearly useless until I fixed it with a Polychoke. I think that I remember that the camper specials didn't have much choke in them and were shorter, but I sure wouldn't trade or try to make my DL into one. I had a scope on mine for a time and it made the shotgun barrel nearly worthless. The .22 Magnum isn't a long range cartridge in the first place, so if you want the gun to lose some weight here is what you do: Remove the scope and the rear iron sight. Get a Williams peep sight on it and gain 6.5" in the sighting radius. That makes it lighter than it was with the scope, better balanced, usable with both barrels, increased sighting radius, retain the choke in the shotgun barrel and don't screw up the resale value with a barrel butcher, save the money to make a sows ear out of an existing silk purse. The Savage factory made it right to start with.


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#13824550 - 05/16/19 Re: Should I cut my Savage 24 DL down from 24"? [Re: Windfall]  
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One of my favorite woods loafing rifles is a Savage 24 in 22M/410. Slimmer and lighter than the 20 gauge version, but the 410 bore isn't quite as versatile/useful as those with the 20 gauge barrel.

My most unusual Savage 24 is a 22/20 that appears to have been a wedding gift, as it is engraved with their names and wedding date. I bought in Missouri.

#13825990 - 05/16/19 Re: Should I cut my Savage 24 DL down from 24"? [Re: DannyLandrum]  
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I wouldn't but it's your gun . I've got a few 24s and they're a pretty handy size the way they are.

Bravo


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