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Old 06-25-2014, 04:12 PM   #1
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Anyone have experience with the Savage 340? My father in law had one in 222, it is now part of the collection I am expected to sell off for my mother in law, the end of the barrel about 5/8" from the end and the crown are quite badly pitted the rest of the gun looks great, it has the original magazine and a old Bushnell Sportview with the Weaver side mount.

I am wondering how good of shooters these little rifles were, albeit they are ugly as heck but if they would shoot well enough I would consider having the barrel cut down and recrowned to get rid of the pitting, it is a 22 inch barrel and I have heard of this model coming in 18 and 20 inch models though I don't know if that is true of this caliber.

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Id fire a few rounds out of it, if accuracy is good keep as is, if rusty spot is troublesome take it in and have a gunsmith counterbore the damaged portion to restore accuracy. I have a garage sale stevens 73y .22 rimfire with a 5.73" counterbored barrel that shoots rather well considering what was done to it.

The savage 340 had a reputation for pretty fair accuracy, i had a very clean abit boltless 222 for awhile, that i searched long and hard to assemble a bolt assy for it but could never get the bolt body it self, i traded if off with a post 64 winchester 70 in 225 win for a Rem 700 adl in .17 rem.

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I have one in 22 Hornet my son has one in 222. Good solid accurate rifles. I would cut the barrel and re crown it.

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IIRC, the Savage Model 340 was one of the only bolt action rifles to chamber the 30-30 cartridge. i ran across a very rough Model 340 several years ago in a gun store, and gave some thought it buying it and restoring it to original, but with a price tag of $450, i decided to pass on it.

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IIRC, the Savage Model 340 was one of the only bolt action rifles to chamber the 30-30 cartridge. i ran across a very rough Model 340 several years ago in a gun store, and gave some thought it buying it and restoring it to original, but with a price tag of $450, i decided to pass on it.
Actually there is one more bolt action 30-30 rifle out there little heard of, it perked my curiosity at the break room table (miller weeder corp), was odd hearing about but got to see it first hand was one a co-worker owned, the Remington 788 in 30-30wcf
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Actually there is one more bolt action 30-30 rifle out there little heard of, it perked my curiosity at the break room table (miller weeder corp), was odd hearing about but got to see it first hand was one a co-worker owned, the Remington 788 in 30-30wcf
clean forgot about that one. very few bolt actions were chambered in 30-30 since it was a rimmed cartridge.

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Winchester made some Model 54s in 30-30 as well. The 54 was the predecessor to the Model 70.

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Actually there is one more bolt action 30-30 rifle out there little heard of, it perked my curiosity at the break room table (miller weeder corp), was odd hearing about but got to see it first hand was one a co-worker owned, the Remington 788 in 30-30wcf
I just fixed up a real nice Remington 788 30-30 for a friend of mine. I put it in a Boyd's grey/black Thumbhole stock,installed a 1 pc rail base,and a set of Burris Signature Zee rings,with a Weaver Classic Extreme 2.5-10x50 scope.
It's a great looking/shooting rifle now.
The rifle is just like new,and it has only had about a box and a half of shell shot out of it. He has had the rifle since it was new in 1969,and only hunted with it a few times.
He loves how it looks and shoots now!

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That is a fine rifle if the bore is in good shape! They are excellent shooters and normaly very accurate. I had my first what was referred to as "High Power Center Fire" rifle at around 15 years old. It in fact was a Savage Model 340 in 222 Remington just like yours. It would be well worth restoring. But I do not think I would want to cut 5/8" of the barrel off. There are other things that can be done with it by a good gunsmith or weapon finishing company. There are also many coating applications one could use now days like they use on AR-15 Rifles. (Cerrecoat!) Comes in colors and camo patterns and might be worth looking into for your rifle. I believe a similar coating would cover up the bad area. *******Some here on the Forum who have used this type of coating finish can give you more details regarding this.******* But you have a fine little rifle there! When I was a kid I use to shoot shotgun shells (Empty! ) off a wooden shelf at 100 yards with mine! They are not the prettiest rifles but they are good rifles.

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