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 Post subject: Savage Model 30F questions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:28 pm 
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This guy I work with asked me if I was interested in an old shotgun that he had for sale. I told him yes and he Brought me this Savage Model 30 F to look at. It is a 12 gauge pump, it has engravings of a grouse on both sides, it has been shot a lot, it has some surface rust, and a crack in the forearm stock(pump). I can't find a serial number on it, I have no clue when it was made. All I can find out about the gun is that the model 30 serious was made between 1958 and 1989. So the questions are, How do I figure out how old it is, or at least close? He told me to make him an offer, so how much is it worth or how much could it be worth fixed up? The gun say's "proof tested 12 gauge, 3 inched chambered. Will it still shoot 2 3/4" shells? And last where can you find 3inch bird shot, or do they even make it any more?




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 Post subject: Re: Savage Model 30F questions
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:04 pm 
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If it was made between 1958 & 1970, there will be an encircled Savage letter/date code stamped into the action bottom somewhere - if it's not there, it's newer than 1970 (when the codes stopped).

J= 1958
K= 1959
L= 1960
M= 1961
N= 1962
O= SKIPPED
P=1963
Q= SKIPPED
R= 1964
S= 1965
T= 1966
U= 1967
V= 1968
W= 1969
X= 1970

AFAIK, all 3" chambered, manually-operated shoguns (pumpguns included) will function/fire with 2-3/4" ammo.
I, personally, refuse to shoot 3" 12ga ammo anymore, period. YMMV, of course.

As to value, if it was in 98% as new original condition, it still books for less than $200 - so I wouldn't want to pay more than about $75 for it.

Numrich Arms , or Bob's Gun Shop, "may" have a replacement forend.

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