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Old 02-27-2016, 09:38 PM
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I've never owned one of these versatile rifle / shotgun combos but always thought it would be nice to try one out someday. Well, yesterday at my local gun shop I found this nice example and somehow it followed me home This model 24 is in great shape; looking to be used very little. Someone has added the Williams Peep sight & sling.
It is a 22lr over a 410 & If I've researched it correctly this one was made in 1961.
If anyone has any info or advice/warning on these models please let me know. Also please post any pictures of yours, I realize there are several different combos of Model 24's so what combos do you guys have.

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That Williams peep is interesting. Haven't seen that on one. That should improve targeting as I find the original leaf sight a little challenging. Mine is a 22 lr over 20 gauge. It makes a fun rabbit and blue grouse gun. Lightweight and maneuverable. Have fun!
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Mine is a 24V, which is a .222 over a 20 ga. The stock is premium and checkered. I mounted a 3-9 scope, with a see-thru mount so you can use the shotgun without the scope.

Awesome gun. I haven't shot it in a few years - now that you reminded me I'll get it out this Summer.
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I wrote an article on the Savage Model 24, which appeared in the August, 2015 issue of Dillon's Blue Press catalog/magazine. You might try calling Dillon at 1-800-223-4570 and ask them if they could send you a copy of that back issue. If there would be a problem, tell them that it would be a personal favor to me (John Marshall) if they could do that for you. Hope this helps.

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In 1939, my granddaddy bought a Stevens .22/.410 to keep the wabbits out of his garden. His has the Tenite stock and forearm. The buttstock is hollow and has a large threaded metal plug.

I received it from my grandmother when I turned 15 and hunted squirrels and rabbits with it. I was walking across a frozen pond, slipped and fell, knocking off the rear sight. Never have replaced it. It's in the safe now. Need to take it out and shoot it.
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I received a Savage Model 24DL .22/.410 for Christmas 1962. To a fourteen-year old kid, it was a veritable work of art. Checkered walnut stock with white spacers, satin, chrome-finished receiver with wildlife scenes engraved on the receiver, and gold-plated trigger.

I took that little gun everywhere with me as I tramped through farm fields looking for cottontails.

That gun went to college with me, too, and eventually was passed on to one of my sons for his 13th Christmas.

He still has it. It's still in immaculate shape and as accurate as ever. I wish I had a picture to post.

Bottom line...they're great little guns.
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I wrote an article on the Savage Model 24, which appeared in the August, 2015 issue of Dillon's Blue Press catalog/magazine. You might try calling Dillon at 1-800-223-4570 and ask them if they could send you a copy of that back issue. If there would be a problem, tell them that it would be a personal favor to me (John Marshall) if they could do that for you. Hope this helps.

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Never had one, but always wanted one in .22 Magnum over 20 gauge. I'm not sure if they even made that combo.

I've shot a .22LR over .410 and it was a very nice little gun.
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I have two both in 22/20ga.My favorite is the 24c 18in barrel with a area in butt that holds extra shells.
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I picked up a 30-30 over 20ga. just for our overlapping white tail and turkey season.
Got caught flat footed by some turkeys with a .308 in hand.
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A friend has had a .22 Mag/.410 for years.
I finally got to shoot it three years ago.
Fun time.

Good thing I asked then. He left the U.S. shortly afterward and
may not be back for a long while.
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I've had several: .22lr/20gauge, .222/20, 30-30/20, .22mag/20, and one .410/.410 (believe it was called the model 242). Only have the .22lr/20 c now, with the original roll up soft case.

The 30-30/20 was great, with a rifled slug it actually shot both barrels to poa out around 60 yds. Sold it to a buddy of mine.

The only real issue I've seen with them is its common to get light strikes but there is a ton of info available about dealing with it.
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I always liked the look and idea of the Mod 24 and when I saw one at a very low price(ugly paint job, camo over the wood) I got it. It is .223 over 20ga, which I had not seen before.
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The OP's 24 has the barrel selector on the side of the receiver.
The good news is they are somewhat scarce.
The bad news is so are parts.
If it goes out, the conventional fix is to fit a newer hammer with the selector built in to the hammer.
That is a beautiful gun & I very much like the Williams FP sight on it.
I'd seen the "FP-24" listing for years as being for a Savage 24, but never seen a photo of one mounted.

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That's a fine looking example, bengal fan, love the rear sight. The 24s were great guns, my dad gave me a 24J .22/.410 for Christmas when I was 11 back in 1973. It was the fancy version with checkering on the stock and forearm and white spacers, and engraving on the receiver. I put a ton of ammo through it over the years, though it stays in the safe most of the time these days. It'll go to my oldest someday soon.

A couple of years ago I picked up one of the new Model 42s in .22 mag/.410. They're smaller and quite a bit lighter due to being mostly plastic aside from the barrels, and they definitely lack the character of the original 24 series. However, they're very handy and just as useful and versatile, in fact, just last night I ordered a few accessories to outfit it for duty on my new tractor. I saw an article where a guy outfitted one as a "prepper" gun and liked his ideas and am doing something similar. It's getting a slip on shell holder for the stock that holds 9 .410 shells, a nylon sling, and a nylon knife sheath that will go on the sling length wise and hold two 10rd speed strips. I also got a Voodoo Tactical shotgun scabbard that has molle attachments that I can use to lash it somewhere handy on the tractor. What's old is new again.
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The only real issue I've seen with them is its common to get light strikes but there is a ton of info available about dealing with it.
I had that same issue with the rimfire barrel on mine. I don't think we ever dealt with it; getting a misfire every 20 or 30 rounds just wasn't considered a big deal on a "non-critical" gun.

I learned to shoot with it as a kid, a .22/.410. I loved the fact that it had the feel and heft of an "adult gun", lots of steel and wood.

I finally sold it several years ago to a member of our gun club who was looking for a first gun for his teenage daughter. I hadn't shot it in years and it seemed the right occasion to pass it on.
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I have a well used example in 22/410. It has "patent pending" on it so I would guess it's an early one. At some time in it's life the stock was replaced by a later one with a compartment in the buttstock for shells and the faded blue treated to some paint touch up. Still works great and handy to have around for pests around the property.
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I got a Stevens 22-410 for my 10th birthday. As others have said, it is an earlier version of the exact same gun from before Savage bought out Stevens.

Mine also had the plastic (tennite) stock & fore grip. It got stolen when our house was burglarized when I was 13. I'd trade just about any gun I currently own to have that one back - but it would have to be that exact one - because it was my first gun.

I see that there are a few on GB auctions right now ranging from rust pitted and no stock for just over $100 to unfired NIB for $1000

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In my neck of the woods old model 24s are in high demand. I
have two presently. One just like OPs and a deluxe 20/22. The
only issues I encounter with these are sights, scope mounting
and screw in selector coming loose. The newer models have more
glitches. The models with selector on hammer and of solid barrel
construction are just as accurate, but have the light strike problem, especially on 22 barrel. The newer models with separate
barrels have all kinds of problems. They aren't desirable around
This area. The tiny dovetail on the rear sight makes any upgrade
a custom job. Also small barrel diameter makes Scope mounting
A problem. The only scope mts/ rings that I have found were
Redfield steel. The standard Weaver type, made from Alumilum
will not hold the recoil of the shotgun. Area gunsmiths came up
with many different ways to fix sight and scope problems. Front
sight is not that hard to replace. I have one of those Williams
sights like yours, just bought at gun show this year. Going to
put it on the 410. Forgot to mention, some of the older models
weren't grooved for scope mounting. I usually have K4 scope on
my 20g, but take it off for Rabbit season. As a final word, make
sure you keep stock bolt tight, most of used ones than have
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These are nifty little guns.

That said, there is one issue with them in practice: if you are actually hunting with one, they are slow to get into action because of the need to cock the hammer

This leads to the bird being long gone by the time you get the gun cocked and to your shoulder.

Safely lowering the hammer is tricky: I've seen two folks lose control of the hammer resulting in an ad.

If you are going to use your 24 in the field, practice cocking the thing and then lowering the hammer so it doesn't get away from you.
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Sweet! I wish I still had one.
I have that peep sight on my marlin 39A. Lost the aperture years ago and so use it as a ghost ring. Extremely accurate. I can dink a coon between the eyes at 75 feet if he'll hold still.
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My first shooting experience was using one of these shooting rats at the community dump, had the Tenite (spelling) stock & forearm ( A WWII Product I'll Guess) but like a dummy I traded it for a M-70 Winchester produced in 1965 which proved to be a very bad mistake. My Dad startled me one time by selecting the .410 barrel while I was expecting the .22LR, a busted lip was the only bad result but I Loved that GUN.
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Back in the 60s when I was a teen ager these things were everywhere
it seemed. I must have been the only one who never owned one. The
22/410 was the only model I ever saw as a kid. The other combinations must have come later. The selector switch on the side of
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Have two 22WMR / 20 GA and 223 / 12 GA. The rim fire version is pre 1968 and is fun woods gun. The 12 GA is damn heavy and doesn't make it out of the safe!
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I received a Savage Model 24DL .22/.410 for Christmas 1962. To a fourteen-year old kid, it was a veritable work of art. Checkered walnut stock with white spacers, satin, chrome-finished receiver with wildlife scenes engraved on the receiver, and gold-plated trigger.

I took that little gun everywhere with me as I tramped through farm fields looking for cottontails.

That gun went to college with me, too, and eventually was passed on to one of my sons for his 13th Christmas.

He still has it. It's still in immaculate shape and as accurate as ever. I wish I had a picture to post.

Bottom line...they're great little guns.
I own that same model Mule Packer. When I get some free time I will take & post some pictures for you to re-kindle those memories!
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I had one just like OP's but w/o the extras back in the early 60's. First gun I ever bought with my own money (paper route).
First gun had been a Christmas gift from my dad - Win. M75 Target.

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I have 3 model 24s, the first is a 30-30/20 gauge, the second is a 357/20 with the deluxe walnut stock and checkering. My favorite is a 22/20 gauge Camper Special (20") with provision in the butt stock for ammo. i carry it in my truck with two 100 packs of mini-mags and two 20 round boxes (made for 600 Nitro Express), in each box are 5-No.4 Buck, 5-#7.5 shot, 5-#4 shot and 5 Bernike rifled slugs. I also keep a sling cleaning kit and a compact 3x scope (zeroed for 75 yards) in the kit. I have had a 22mag/20 gauge also. My older brother started out with a new 22/410 that he got for Christmas 1964, but traded for a Remington 600 in 243 Win in the summer of 1968.

I love my 22/20 Camper, but the last long gun I own will be the 357/20!

I have looked at the 223/ 20 or 12 and never been impressed. The Zoli and Valmet combo guns in serious calibers are on the upper edge of affordable for me, but I keep looking!

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I had a 22lr/410 combo it was and early one pre68. No serial number on it. Great all a round gun for youth/campers.
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In the late 60's I had a 22 WMR & 20 gauge. My father and I hunter rabbits, turkey, birds, and rats at the local dump. It never missed a beat (although I may have . Sadly, in a moment of financial stress I sold it. To this day I miss it, my father and our hunts & time together. Go shoot. Enjoy. Share with a child. Spread the knowledge & love.
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I had a I believe an V model .22 Hornet/20 ga.. Very versatile for a reloader but sold it, regrettably. Synthetic stock.
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I just learned something from this post, my two 24s don't have
serial numbers. The 20/22 I got new about 1964, the 410/22
I bought used from a family friend who had bought it in the 50s.
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I still have my 24MDL that I bought new in the early 1960's, 20 ga with .22wmr. I used it to hunt jack rabbits in the desert here in S. Calif., and found it very effective. I would have the selector set for the 20 ga first shot.....if I missed, the big jacks would run out to a out 100 yds, then stop and look at me. The .22wmr was then very effective and was very flat shooting. Mine had the hammer selector and I never had a light strike problem with it. Overall, a very handy and versatile little gun, and the 20 gauge is far more effective than a .410.
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I have a 30-30 /20 24v model with the Monte Carlo stock. Bought in 1975 when I needed a quick inexpensive deer rifle, didn't have a lot of money back then and this fit the bill! Never had an issue with it.
It's a great rifle and I still have it buried in the safe somewhere!
I gave it to my son to use on his first time out for deer. Later in time he got his first Winchester.
But for the money these things couldn't be beat!
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And a couple pics of my 24C (P Series). Ugly little cuss, but its handy. Only thing I'd like different is if it had a Mod choke.
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:14 PM
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A nice rifle in very practical calibers. That would make a great starter gun for a young person or first time shooter.
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I love that gun!
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That exact gun minus the peep sight is what i cut my teeth
on with guns.
Grandpaw had one in .22/410 and i couldn't wait to get to
his house on the weekends to take it back to the Gravel Pit
to shoot groundhogs and sparrows.
Brings back a lot of memories.
Enjoy yours !!!

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There is a lot of 24s in this area, very popular for squirrel and
rabbit hunting as well as utility gun around the farm.The hammer
doesn't make it any slower than anything else. Guys that have
been brought up on single barrel shotguns will hold there own
against a cross bolt safety repeater. By the time it's to the shoulder, it's cocked. End of story. You hunted rabbits and grouse
with 2 shells between your fingers. My uncles always kidded me
that I had the only belt feed single barrel they ever saw.
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Mine's a .22/.410 built in 1959. I take it out in the desert every so often for no other reason than it always brings a smile to my face.

It lives on the wall hanging over my head.

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Great guns ~ there's a reason there have been so many produced over the years.
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This is my personal Model 24. Technically, it's a Savage 24V, series C, made by Savage in Westfield, MA in 1963. It's a .223 over 20 gauge 3-inch. Originally the rifle barrel was chambered for .222 Remington, but a previous owner rechambered it for the more available .223.

I equipped it with an old Weaver 1X scope (no magnification). This works great with the .223, and can be ignored when the 20 gauge is fired.

It's hard to find a more versatile gun.

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I picked up a 30-30 over 20ga. just for our overlapping white tail and turkey season.
Got caught flat footed by some turkeys with a .308 in hand.
Never again!
Now that's the combo I would want!
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One of the attractive things about the Model 24 is that it is adaptable. I have a 24C and over the years have added a Savage 410'er accessory barrel that fits in the 20 gauge barrel and allows, as you might expect, shooting 410 shells. In addition, I added an old .357 insert barrel which expands the variety of ammo greatly. All of this fits in the take down case.

My son asked why I would want to do that and all I could say was that when I was growing up I always wanted a TinkerToy set and never got one.
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My 24F is .30-30 over 12 gauge. Very heavy and very versatile. The .30-30 barrel is extremely accurate with everything I have ever shot through it, from very reduced loads using cast pistol bullets to full power cast and jacketed loads. I always wondered why the Europeans always put the rifle barrel on the bottom of their combo guns. Hitting with my shotgun barrel was always very difficult since it's not regulated. I shot a round of trap with it once and was thoroughly humiliated, breaking something like 4 out of 25 birds.
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Just picked up a 24 with .22 mag/.410, K code indicating it is a 1959 model which should be the first year the .22 mag was offered anywhere. The finish is not the best but the gun is quite serviceable. Probably save it for a g'kid.
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When I was a kid a good buddy of mine had one (his fathers actually) I seem to remember that it was a 20 gauge lower with a 22 mag upper. Could be wrong about the 22 mag. I think he used it to shoot trap until he got his own shotgun.
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I used to have one, but it was a cheap Stevens with a hardwood stock and forearm. The selector switch was on the hammer. Having grown up on a single shot shotgun, with a manually cocked hammer, it was no big deal for me to cock or uncock. I learned how the first day and never had a problem.

I was having a painting party one day when I started off painting bow camo, and added a Sears 12 ga pump, and that Stevens 22/20 got the treatment too. I used that little Stevens for squirrel hunting for years. Since deer season was open the same time as squirrel, the plan was to use the 22 barrel for squirrels, and keep a round of #2, 3" magnum buckshot in the 20 barrel in case a deer "walked up on me." It never happened to me, but it could have. I learned the "two shells between my fingers" and could reload it not quite as fast as I could shuck a pump, but fast enough. Before and after deer season #6 shot was in the 20 gauge barrel.

I considered it to be the finest "pot hunters" gun ever made. I wish I'd kept it.
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I had that same issue with the rimfire barrel on mine. I don't think we ever dealt with it; getting a misfire every 20 or 30 rounds just wasn't considered a big deal on a "non-critical" gun.
The common solution is to tweak the mainspring plunger head angle, involves a bit of trial and error. I'd defer to Paladin if there is a better fix. I've owned a few of them but I definitely can't call myself an authority!
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I love this old thread! I was in Aumiller's gun shop in Westerville, Ohio last week and there was a 24 222/20 in the corner. Since I have 3, I'll pass on that combo.

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I love this old thread! I was in Aumiller's gun shop in Westerville, Ohio last week and there was a 24 222/20 in the corner. Since I have 3, I'll pass on that combo.

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.222/20 was my first one, paid 100 bucks for it about 10 years ago. I believe it had a full choke and man it could reach out and dust pigeons! Sold it for 450 a few years ago when something shiny caught my eye though.
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