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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-10-2018, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Help with a Savage Model 24

I have two of these. One is a .222/20g and the other is a .22 mag/20g.

I picked up a 3rd one yesterday. It's a model 24V.

The rifle barrel was stamped 22 Hornet, but has "XXX" over the 22 Hornet stamp and was replaced with a new stamp indicating 218 Bee.

I really enjoy these rifles and my oldest son has been successful twice with the .222/20g.

My questions are:

Why was the barrel changed?
What is it's value in very good condition?
Ethically, what can you hunt with it?

At $42.99 for a box of 20 (45 grain), target shooting is out of the question.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-10-2018, 10:53 AM
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People re-barrel and/or re-chamber all the time to their desires. Someone was a .218Bee fan and had it re-chambered. ( the barrel itself wasn't changed most likely, just re-chambered As an original, it's value has been a bit diminished due to the modification, but if you find a .218Bee fan, it should still fetch a reasonable price if you decide to sell it. I say a good guess would be valued at between $350 and $450, ( Savage 24's have increased nicely in value). .218Bee , being a centerfire, is legal for deer, but very underpowered and should only be seriously used for deer by a proficient marksman. Also, factory ammo is quite dicey. Gonna cost some bucks to shoot it much, unless you reload

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I agree with gentleben that it is a rechamber and not a rebarrel. What is confusing is the 22hornet to 218Bee is odd for a rechamber. Since the 218Bee is a shorter case then the hornet the gunsmith would have had to cut off a portion from the chamber end of the barrel, or they chambered it as is and left alot of freebore at the case neck end of the chamber.

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gentleben and Tony300wby, thanks for the solid information.

Like I said, this is my 3rd model 24 and I'll hang on to it. I has 1" tube mounts on it. Maybe I'll dial it in and then park it for awhile in the safe. Thanks again.

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It used to be a common thing to see Savage 24s in 222 rechambered to 223
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