If it is a newer Savage, you won't want to use it for small game. The modern bolt shotguns are rifled. If you are looking into an older one, almost all of them will be smoothbore. The biggest downside I have found with my bolts is that most of the other people I have let shoot them can't seem to hit the broadside of a barn with them. I personally have no problem with any of mine, then again I know where they shoot with slug or shot. Also, you tend to shoot them like you would a rifle, not the best thing when you are bird hunting. Magazine capacity is generally limited to 3 rounds, so every shot has to count. My daughter bagged her first turkey yesterday afternoon with my old Kessler 30C, and betwwen my dad and I, we have taken atleast 2 dozen deer with the 2 Mossberg 185s (a d and a ka) that are in my safe over the last 30 years. All of the above are smoothbore, and all were made in the 1940s and 50s, and all still see regular use today. The best part is, since they are not really collecor pieces, none of mine were more than $100. Bolt action shotguns are not for everyone, but one may work well for you. Check your LGS and see if they have any used ones. Best of luck.
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