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Savage 220 Single Shot Hammerless Shotguns / Re: Savage 220A locking bolt issue
« Last post by Woods Wanderer on February 26, 2020, 07:15:14 PM »
When I first got my 220 12 gauge it was an absolute bear to open!
Had to push the lever all the to the right VERY HARD and slam it on my thigh to open it.
If you look for the posting "M220 hard to open" further down on this list of 220 postings you will find the tips I used to fix my issues.
My 220 opens very easily now and all it took was a few minutes with a fine file and some wet/dry sandpaper.
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Savage 220 Single Shot Hammerless Shotguns / Re: Savage 220A locking bolt issue
« Last post by Garnett on February 24, 2020, 06:24:27 PM »
You can try taking just a little metal off the bottom of the barrel lug.  A reader of my book shared this information with me and my gunsmith tried it on one of my guns that was very difficult to open.  It is MUCH easier to open now.  Just remove a little at a time and try.  If you remove too much, the barrel will be loose.  I hope this helps.  Please let us know.  Click on picture to enlarge.

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Savage 220 Single Shot Hammerless Shotguns / Re: Savage 220A locking bolt issue
« Last post by squirrel on February 24, 2020, 02:47:34 PM »
I replaced locking bolt and top snap arm with parts from Numrich Gun Parts Corporation. after replacement the top snap has good spring tension, the locking bolt stays engaged with the top snap arm but the gun is now even harder to open.

Does anyone have a suggestion for gunsmith in southeast central WI or northeast central IL?
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General Discussion / Ohio Valley Military Collectors Show Louisville KY
« Last post by Garnett on February 23, 2020, 03:31:50 PM »
My son and I just returned from 4 days at the show.  I found one Savage First Model Utica in .30-30 in good condition and my sound found another with a scope in .22 Hornet.  We bought neither and I only need a .32-20.  Maybe next time!
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Savage 220 Single Shot Hammerless Shotguns / Re: New 220 Utica 20 Gauge
« Last post by Mike Armstrong on February 17, 2020, 10:55:11 AM »
An here I thought that the 219/220s were simple arms with a simple history.  It seems like what my old boss used to say (usually when the rest of us would have used a bunch of four letter words....): "Nothing is ever simple."

In this case the "complexities" are nothing to cuss about, tho!  Just real fun.
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Savage 220 Single Shot Hammerless Shotguns / Re: New 220 Utica 20 Gauge
« Last post by Cleetus on February 16, 2020, 04:57:01 PM »
By the way, wait til Garnett posts a picture of the wood figure of the buttstock. Definitely not typical Savage single shot quality.
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Savage 220 Single Shot Hammerless Shotguns / Re: New 220 Utica 20 Gauge
« Last post by Cleetus on February 16, 2020, 04:51:45 PM »
Here is the action Garnett is referring to. Part of the similarity is because I had to replace the striker firing pin as it had an issue. The one I took out had a different safety push rod. Note the difference in the safety from Garnetts new gun. It’s weird but this is closer to the system they reverted back to in the 1960s. Go figure.





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General Discussion / Assembly Letters Vs. Numbers????
« Last post by Garnett on February 16, 2020, 01:52:23 PM »
After researching several years I am beginning to believe that assembly letters were used on the M219/220's and that maybe the "Utility" sets (two barrels and two forearms) used numbers.  I just received what I believe to be a "Utility" gun with the assembly number of "52".  I have another with "333".  A friend has one with the number "214".  If you have a "utility" set will you please share with me the assembly letters/numbers?  I will really appreciate this information.
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Savage 220 Single Shot Hammerless Shotguns / Re: New 220 Utica 20 Gauge
« Last post by Garnett on February 15, 2020, 06:18:58 PM »
I just had some input from a friend.  He suggests the ejector hole was damaged and the ejector removed.  Sounds reasonable to me.
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Savage 220 Single Shot Hammerless Shotguns / New 220 Utica 20 Gauge
« Last post by Garnett on February 15, 2020, 04:22:11 PM »
I recently purchased a M220 off GB.  It is a First Model Utica.   It had a non standard stock and Bubba had repaired the forearm.  I gambled that the stock work might be factory original.  However, after looking at the stock I don't think it is a factory work, but there are enough differences in the gun to make me think it is a very early gun.  I hope to do a better repair than Bubba did!One big difference is that there is NO provision for an ejector.  Also, some of the internal parts are different from other Utica guns in my collection.   A friend in Canada has one with similar internal parts. 













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