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Justin Winchester
Information on Savage 24 H-DL .22/20GA
Sun Dec 2, 2012 3:48pm

Hey folks,

I'm 22 years old and acquired my father's Savage 24, which belonged to his father. So yes, my grandfather's 24. I grew up around it as a kid, but I know for a fact that it hadn't been shot in over 25 years. My dad shot it when he was a boy and my grandfather hunted with it, but once my dad grew up, he never was much of a gun or hunting type of person. It was in my dad's closet for as long as I've known. He would only take it out to show us and fuel my childhood imagination.

I took it apart today and cleaned it tip to tail, checking the springs and everything. It wasn't very well cared for, as I don't think it had ever been cleaned like that, and there was still powder residue in the .22 barrel from it's last time shooting. Thankfully no damage was done and it shined up great. I cleaned the springs and the action and lubed it all up, and now it already looks like a new gun. However, the wear on the gold trigger shows that it's had quite the history, and I'd like to know more about it.

What information can you tell me about my particular savage? It's a Savage 24 H-DL with .22LR and 3" 20 gauge. Wood stock and forearm with an almost checkered grip pattern. The trigger is gold, and the selector switch is on the hammer instead of on the side. The breech opening lever is on the back of the receiver/stock. It has the grouse and fox engraving on the side of the receiver. I can only really speak in AR-15 terms, so I'm not sure if that area is really called the receiver or not, but hopefully you know what I'm talking about. And yes, the .22 barrel is grooved to accept a scope, which I slapped on old one on today that I had just laying around. If it works, I'll keep it, as this is the only rifle I own now and I would love a free and capable family heirloom hunting rifle.

The number underneath the barrel under the 20 gauge chamber, as well as the number on the inside of the receiver near the pivot point, is "20 VA" or "V 20 VA". Is that the serial number? Date code? When was this built? How much did it sell for back in the day? How much would it sell for now? How common or rare is this particular model?

Thank you for your help. Hopefully someone else searching for information on this particular model will find this thread to be a great help in their search.

    • Great story and historybigkelly, Sun Dec 2 5:10pm
      You have a gem in my opinion--just treat it like you're doing and it'll be around for your grandkids As for todays value--its priceless--DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT ---who cares what you could get for ... more
      • Thank you for your reply, and no, I'm not selling it!Justin Winchester, Sun Dec 2 5:21pm
        Thank you for your reply. In my opinion, it's a firearm that can be described as perfect for what it's used for. For a hunting and plinking gun, you could not find a more simple and versatile... more
        • You can look….cas, Sun Dec 2 6:47pm
          …on Gunbroker for ballpark prices, probably anywhere from $300-$500 depending on condition. Of course if that gun was made new and sold today they'd probably ask $650-$850 for it. lol
          • Worth more than we thinkJustin Winchester, Sun Dec 2 7:33pm
            From my research on gunbroker, these guns may be worth more than we think. I found a 24 H-DL on there with two hours left in the auction that was going for $700. However, it had a hammer extender... more
            • Listed or selling?cas, Mon Dec 3 7:20am
              Have to be sure you look at bids and closed auctions, and not just the asking prices. Some of them are pie in the sky dreams that no one's actually paying. There used to be a certain revolver for... more
              • Re: savage 24lee amer, Tue Dec 4 1:51am
                your the smart one,you caught on quick,i now use a savage model 42/i i got two one to keep .and one to sell.
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