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Do Not fire shotgun barrel with scope attached?

This has been bugging me ever since I bought this gun. Its a Savage model 24 series P, 22 mag over 20 ga, and the subject words are stamped across the barrel.

Wondering if anyone knows why that "warning" is on the gun - are they worried I will get konked in the head by the scope?

Also wondering if you shoot the shotgun, will that knock the scope off ?

Scope is attached to gun via groove mounts.

Please let me know if anyone has experience with this type of gun.

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Re: Do Not fire shotgun barrel with scope attached?

When that gun was made the 3/4 inch tube and mounts were made for 22s and the recoil of the shot gun pretty much trashed them.
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Re: Do Not fire shotgun barrel with scope attached?

OK - Interesting - thanks. So with the new sturdy mounts, would this no longer be a concern?

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Re: Do Not fire shotgun barrel with scope attached?

Don't use aluminum mounts and make sure the groves are clean, and I see no issues shooting it.
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Re: Do Not fire shotgun barrel with scope attached?

There still isn't much there to grab onto.

Have your ever shot it with the rifle sights, both rifle and shotgun? How close were they?

My brothers gun was virtually unusable. Both barrels shot so far off from each other.

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Re: Do Not fire shotgun barrel with scope attached?

Since I put the scope on, I have just been shooting the rifle - headed to the range now to see what it does.

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Re: Do Not fire shotgun barrel with scope attached?

Isn't it strange the maker would put groves for a scope? I have a tikki over/under, with the power cranked up and fire the shotgun you only forget once.
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Re: Do Not fire shotgun barrel with scope attached?

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Since I put the scope on, I have just been shooting the rifle - headed to the range now to see what it does.
I don't think my brothers problem was the rule, but rather an exception. His was also a 222 over 20. And I want to say it was tapped, but I'm not sure now.

I would crank it tight and go shoot it. Put a pen mark where your bases are for reference. If you see any movement, quit shooting and ask a smith what he suggests.

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Re: Do Not fire shotgun barrel with scope attached?

IMO, it doesnt look like the shallow groves that the base clamps to will give a solid mount. It looks like the bases could slip out of the groves during recoil. I dont think Savage felt that the shooter would get hit in the eye with the scope. Their concer was the scope/mounts flying off of the gun.

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Re: Do Not fire shotgun barrel with scope attached?

Well, the range results are in.

Torqued down all the bolts. Sighted in the .22 mag first and had a 3 shot grouping at 60 yards within the triangle.

Shotgun at 25 yards was a tad low, but on the paper.

Went back and took two shots with the .22 mag, both were way low this time and slightly to the right.

Looks like there is just too much shock with the shotgun.

Thanks everybody for all the input.


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