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MY EXPERIENCES WITH SAVAGE FIREARMS

MY EXPERIENCES WITH SAVAGE FIREARMS




      

MY EXPERIENCES WITH SAVAGE FIREARMS


MY EXPERIENCES WITH SAVAGE FIREARMS

By the late C. L. Chamberlin

The three Savages of my acquaintance are the .32-40, and the 1893 and 1914 .22 repeaters. The earlier .22 has passed the way of all rifles that one lends to his friends, who bravely promise to clean them daily and then forget to wipe them out at the end of a week's steady use. The other .22 was not my own when tested.

The .32-40 is a king indeed, a 26-inch, finished as the Savage people know how to finish a rifle, fitted with takedown and equipped with a Lyman peep tang sight. It also has a sling which is handy at times, although I have never acquired the soldier's liking for the sling as a means of obtaining better results at long ranges.

I call my .32-40 my "rabbit-to-grizzly" arm and although it hasn't killed any of the latter-named animals, yet I believe it has the power and would not hesitate to pin my faith to it were I in the grizzly country. The rabbit load is the black powder short range factory cartridge. I have never used the round ball load, but believe it is all right for very light powder charges. The 16-inch turn of grooves is slow enough for black powder in small quantities when soft lead is used for bullets. But there is the miniature cartridge, as it is called, available for him who prefers to stick by smokeless! There is the common smokeless, the black, and that true grizzly load, the high power smokeless as put out by the Savage Company for all models of their rifles and for the Marlin arms without extra steel barrels. Other makers must fit On extra barrels if this powder is used in their arms.

The first Savage .22 repeater had a box magazine holding but seven cartridges. The shooter who is used to going wild when he turns loose his .22 magazine rifle complained that this number is too small. Then they put out the 1911 model, which holds 20 shorts, but no longs. Then they said they wanted a rifle to shoot any .22 cartridge and the makers offered them the model 1914. Since then I haven't heard any kicks. I don't well see how there could be any. Compared with other hammerless rifles, it has a longer barrel and more weight, both to be desired in a light rifle for real work. In place of the box magazine of seven cartridges (which always suited me well enough) there is a tubular magazine holding from 15 to 20 cartridges, depending on their length. The long fore-end is an improvement for the 1893 model with its short fore-end looks a little out of proportion, all barrel like the old style Stevens single shot rifles of the early eighties.

There is one feature I noticed the moment my hands closed on the model 1914. That is the pistol grip. It is a real pistol grip. Instead of being placed so far back the hand can't close over it and allow the forefinger to reach the trigger, as are most pistol grips; it is put on for real use. It fits the hand as a real pistol handle and the finger meets the trigger at its natural extension. That is a feature worth your attention in selecting a rifle, especially a .22 for fine shooting.

Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.

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