Savage 219 and 220 Single Shot Rifles & Shotguns

Savage Single Shot Firearms => General Discussion => Topic started by: CDSUSMC on August 22, 2019, 01:56:27 PM

Title: Tenite stock on a 219/220?
Post by: CDSUSMC on August 22, 2019, 01:56:27 PM
Hi all, has anyone ever run across either a 219 or a 220 with a Tenite stock? Tenite was a plastic type of material first developed in the 1929/30s and used as a replacement for wood. Savage used it on the model 94s, 87 (.22RF), and the 240 shotgun. There's one for sale in 25-20 with, the receiver is an A type with no markings.
Title: Re: Tenite stock on a 219/220?
Post by: Garnett on August 22, 2019, 02:13:45 PM
I have never seen a 219 or 220 with a Tenite stock, but I have seen the stocks and forearms for sale.  Could be that someone put this on a wood stocked gun.  However, I have seen some items on the 219/220's that are NOT advertised in the catalogs that I believe to be factory original, so....someone could have special ordered the gun with this type stock & forearm.  Also, on EBay there is a wood stock and forearm for sale that the seller says is off a .25-20.  Personally, I would not  care about the wood/Tenite.  If the price for the .25-20 is reasonable,  I would buy it.  They are very hard to find.  Please keep us posted.
Title: Re: Tenite stock on a 219/220?
Post by: CDSUSMC on August 25, 2019, 11:10:58 AM
Made some time to go and look at this rifle. Took the fore arm off and there was lettering " 410 ga" . That tells me all I need to know. As for the cost, let's say he thinks he has a very rare item with a price tag  to match. If we started at half the asking price it would be to much.  It did look kind of cool with the Tenite stock I have to say. I my try putting together something similar. Oh well nothing lost but a few hours and gas money.
Title: Re: Tenite stock on a 219/220?
Post by: Garnett on September 25, 2019, 01:46:07 PM
I was surfing the net last night and saw a picture, only, of a M219 in .30-30, with a Tenite stock and forearm.  No details, so don't know if original or not.  However, in doing research for my book, I have found several options on the rifle and shotgun M219/220 that ARE NOT listed in the catalogs, but appear to be factory original.  So....???
Title: Re: Tenite stock on a 219/220?
Post by: Sentry44 on December 15, 2019, 08:21:40 AM
They put these Tenite stocks on some Stevens 22/410 and 22/20 combo guns (that model was re-branded the Savage 24 in 1950), so it's completely plausible that they'd have also put some on 219/220's in that same time period.  Savage owned Stevens as early as the 1920's, and as far as I know, allowed Stevens to operate essentially independently until after WW2.  It was then that Savage left Utica and merged all operations into Steven's Chicopee Falls location, and for the first time they were one consolidated company.  This is my understanding, so if someone knows better please enlighten me.

Might they have combined some design elements prior to WW2?  They certainly could have.  FWIW, I'm a big fan of the 24's, as is the FFL guy I use, and he showed me a couple of his...including one with the tenite stock.  They are very handsome, and from across a room you could be forgiven for thinking it was very fancy wood. 

But according to him, they are really brittle, and could crack if the gun was fired in very cold weather.  Perhaps that's why we don't see more of them.

Title: Re: Tenite stock on a 219/220?
Post by: Garnett on December 15, 2019, 09:31:09 AM
Someone else recently said that the Tenite stocks could crack when shot in very cold weather.  Some of them do look pretty but I am old fashioned and like wood on my guns.  Thanks for your input!