I picked up a Savage 840 in a 222 yesterday and was wondering about the age. I've done some research about how old it is, and have found limited information. There are a few letter/numbers on the barrel, are these the only markings for telling the age (there is no serial number)? According to what I can find the letter I found indicates the year of manufacturing. Thanks for any help.
IIRC the 840 was made under the Springfield name by Savage in the early '80's and is nearly identical to the long-produced Savage model 340. Typically, these guns may not be the prettiest, but they are great shooters especially in .222 and .22 Hornet. I have an older 340 that we bought used around 1960. It still goes out with me for groundhogs on occasion and brings back many great memories of hunting with my dad.
840 was the last of the 340 series. Absolutely plain vanilla, very accurate. Production ceased in 1983, parts clean up made guns available until 1985. Not worth a lot of money, but very serviceable guns.
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I have a Stevens 325B in 30-30win. I know the 325A/B/C and the Savage 340 were nearly Identical and quite accurate for the price. Never heard of the 840. I know the 222 is a great cartridge. Being a curious fellow, can someone post pictures of the action and such? Thanks
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I agree with Logger it doesn't get more plain vanilla then this gun, and it is the end of the Model 340 series. I had opportunities at two of these rifles for the same price and same caliber, just one was in a better shape. For the price of it, it's worth tinkering around with and taking out in the woods and letting it get a few marks.