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Beater Model 1920 #15974121 04/08/21
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Thought I'd pass along a letter from the seller of this rifle for your reading pleasure:

[Linked Image from i.imgur.com]

So a couple weeks back I purchased this rifle that once resembled a pristine Model 1920. But this firearm was fitted with a sanded, worn stock, and a broken wrist, a partial Lyman 54, a horrible trigger that still spits out a .250 bullet minute of varmint, threaded and capped muzzle, and lastly, metal mostly devoid of bluing. In a word: ROUGH.

And I wished it could talk! I did asked the seller for its history and this was the edited reply. Hope you find it interesting:

“So, the old beater Savage Model 1920 has some interesting history, as you suspected:

My friend worked at (a gun store) in Williams Lake BC approximately 10 years ago. A local rancher brought several old guns in to get cash for them at that time. The owner of the store was a Winchester collector, and the old Savage was considered worthless, so my friend brought it home, and eventually gave it to me. I gave him 50% of what you gave me for the rifle...

The Rancher’s family established several cattle ranches near Williams Lake. The ranches were/are located on the Fraser and Chilcotin Rivers (I’ve hunted some of them, beautiful huge trophy Mule Deer bucks come down in the fall during the rut, I’ve got 2 of them!). It’s spectacular country! The ranches all prospered and nowadays are owned by the XXX Cattle Company, a huge consortium of investors...

So beyond a doubt, the old Savage was a “ranch rifle” and was “rode hard and put up wet” many times. Probably rode in a saddle scabbard, and shot many coyotes, cougars and bears, considered vermin by the cowboys. Most likely brought home venison and occasional moose meat as well!

I hope this increases your enjoyment of the rifle.

Warm regards”

Eager to hear your response!


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Re: Beater Model 1920 [Re: olgrouser] #15974349 04/08/21
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Neat stuff, Bert. Thanks!


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Re: Beater Model 1920 [Re: olgrouser] #15974423 04/08/21
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Perhaps a letter of more value than any letter a factory could give.


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Re: Beater Model 1920 [Re: olgrouser] #15974533 04/08/21
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I love guns with known history.

Re: Beater Model 1920 [Re: olgrouser] #15974588 04/08/21
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Interesting, I have shirttail relatives that homesteaded and ranched for 100+ years in the Williams Lake and Big Creek area.


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Re: Beater Model 1920 [Re: olgrouser] #15984447 04/11/21
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This was the best provenance of a rifle I received since a seller sent me an image of his grandfather who was the original buyer of a Savage 1899 250-3000 rifle, and a big black bear hanging on a game-pole dated 1924.

Additional images of the 1920 and related advertisements:

[Linked Image from i.imgur.com]

[Linked Image from i.imgur.com]

[Linked Image from i.imgur.com]


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