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General Discussion / Re: 219/220FS alert
« Last post by Garnett on August 22, 2017, 11:20:38 AM »
I am a "day late and a dollar short" with this reply.  I feel I must caution against paying a premium price for a gun just because it has two barrels and represented as an original "Utility" gun.  These sets had two barrels with a fitted forearm for each barrel and the assembly numbers on both barrels should match the receiver and stock (under butt plate) numbers.  If the numbers don't match, that is a good indication that a barrel has just been added at some point in time.  If there is only one forearm and the numbers match, then one forearm could have been lost over the years.
Looking for a shotgun barrel for my 219B or for a 220D receiver that needs a barrel.  Any guage but .410; I'll consider any complete barrel with the cocking pin on the right side of the locking area, and since this is for a shooter, I don't care about the finish as long as the bore is clean, and there are no major dents or deep pitting on the outside.

Let me know what you have: bbl. length, guage, any modifications like a variable choke, bore condition, price, and if you are interested in trades, what your interests are.

Best way to get me is PM here or email me at

Thanks for reading!

Mike Armstrong
Mike, I hope the instructions will be helpful.  While I disassembled and reassembled both style actions to prove I could do it, and hopefully put the directions in terms everyone could understand, it was difficult for me at my age, eyesight, and weak hands.  I believe my instructions are easier to understand that the previous mentioned instructions in a back issue of Shooting Times.
Garnett, that's a really good reason to have the NEW book....which I will soon.

Mike Armstrong
UPDATE: 8-11-17.  One of the big new things in my Revised Edition of "Savage Single Shot Arms", printed in July of this year (2017), are complete instructions for disassembly and reassembly of both the striker fired and internal hammer fired models of the 219/220 hammerless single shots.  With the help of my gunsmith friend, I was able to disassemble and reassemble both type actions.  It was difficult for me, but if I can do it, others should be able to follow the detailed instructions.   
Savage 220 Single Shot Hammerless Shotguns / Re: Buying a 220D .410
« Last post by Mike Armstrong on August 09, 2017, 01:19:43 PM »
Won't see this gun for a couple of weeks yet, but will let you know.


Mike Armstrong
Savage 220 Single Shot Hammerless Shotguns / Re: Buying a 220D .410
« Last post by Garnett on August 09, 2017, 10:49:41 AM »
Mike, good luck with matching up the forearm.  I would think, but I have never had it done, that only minor fitting may be required.  I am particularly interested in the type grooves on top of the barrel over the chamber.  On the "D models I have examined, the groves are shorter in length and not as wide coverage as on earlier guns.  Also, I recently purchased a like new 220B, with matching assembly numbers, and NO barrel grooves at all!  Unusual.
Savage 220 Single Shot Hammerless Shotguns / Buying a 220D .410
« Last post by Mike Armstrong on August 09, 2017, 10:00:26 AM »
I'm in the process of acquiring a fairly nice 220D in .410 sans forend for a decent price.  Happens I have a spare forend which is probably for a 219B but LOOKS like it might fit the 220D.  We'll see.  The 220 has the usual birch stock, so the walnut forend will be an obvious mismatch, but since I want the .410 for my cabin, it won't really matter (no gun collectors around there to be offended, or even puzzled).  If the forend won't work, I may just keep the 220 barrel and sell the whole "back end" to somebody who has a 220B, C, D, or L front end.  In any case, I'll send in a data sheet when I have the gun in my greasy mitts (about a month, given UPS and our CA "papeleo" ("paper chase")!

Mike Armstrong
General Discussion / Gary Beardsley
« Last post by Garnett on August 02, 2017, 12:09:23 PM »
I need to contact Gary Beardsley, formerly of ORR, MN.  Please email me at:     Thank you!  Garnett
I purchased the screw for $2.00 plus shipping from Gun Broker.
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