Whats up with savage 340.

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  1. josh

    josh New Member

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    What is the story on these rifles? I have seen a bunch of them really reasonable. I was considering buying one local in 222 and one in 30-30 but my grandad,who has had more guns than most dealers around here, says stay away from them. Is he just getting senial or are they a weak action? He claims he would be afraid of max loads with the 222 or the 30-30 one.
    He is undoubtedly biased as he swears by the 788 remington.
    What do you guys think inexpensive decent rifle or trash?
  2. Dan70

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    I used to have one in 222 and currently have a 30-30. Have only shot factory ammo in both. Never had any problems or heard of any with these rifles.
  3. stash247

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    The 340 is not a real pretty rifle, compared to the competition, but usually (at least, all but one I've owner) shoots well enough to hunt, or plink with.
    Savage subscribes to SAAMI guidelines as to chamber dimensions, etc, and will shoot anything on the market with respect to pressures.
    If I wanted a bolt gun in 30-30, this is one of only a couple available. Remington chambered the 788, I think, for the caliber some time ago, but you can buy TWO Savages for the same money it now brings.
    It can't be too bad a rifle, since it was built for 35 years! (1950-1985)
    Enjoy it!
  4. mtnboomer

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    The Savage 340 (as well as the Stevens models) are stronger than a Marlin or Winchester lever action. They are also theoreticly more accurate being a bolt action. For best accuracy in the .30-30, reload them with pointed bullets (just remember not to use these in a lever action!). Sounds like your grandad was the victim of some of the old wive's tales floating around back in the '30's and '40's.
  5. Crpdeth

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    Savage in general? Or just the 340?

    I've shot mucho hot loads in a Savage 111 in 25-06 for several years now, with zero complaints/setbacks, I also bought a Savage 111 7 Mag knowing the bolt assembly had a cracked/chiped front baffle, I continued shooting it that way for awhile before sending it to the Mfr for a free replacement....That was the only "problem" I've had with either rifle.

    I cant comment on the 340, but Savage in general has been good to me.

    ~Crpdeth
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    The Savage shares the spotlight with the the SMLE and the Moisin-Nagant in the category of Best Performance By an Ugly Rifle. The 222 I used to have shot EXTREMELY well. I was just ashamed to be seen with it.
  7. josh

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    Nope it is just the 325's and 340's he disliked. He sings the praises of the many other savage rifles he has had.
    Maybe Ill give the 325 30-30 i found yesterday a shot. My understanding of the 30-30 is the cartridge will come apart before you can load it hot enough to hurt most bolt guns.
  8. smitty_bs

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    Hello. I just picked up a Savage Model 340E. It has a checkered (likely pressed) stock and is in the .222 caliber (triple deuce).

    Is there any way to tell when the firearm was manufactured? It has no serial number. Also, where is the bolt release? I wanted to clean it up and can't find the release button or tab.

    I understand these rifles are quite accurate. Any other comments on these?
  9. Bindernut

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    As far as I've found, the only thing really bad about the 340 is that it's built with a lot of sheet metal stamped parts, usually have a pretty coarse trigger compared to higher priced rifles, and it's just a bit on the ugly side. Most of them that I've known are very good shooters for the price tag if you can get a good trigger job on em.

    I'm a big fan of "bargain" rifles...the 788 Remington is still my favorite, but like stash posted they're not really in the bargain category anymore. The 340 is still a good low-price shooter.

    I haven't had one for several years, but if I remember right the bolt released by pressing the safety forward as you pull the bolt from the action.
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  10. smitty_bs

    smitty_bs New Member

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    I found out how....you pull the trigger as you pull the bolt back. Simple, but I've never felt comfortable pulling the trigger on a gun I didn't want to fire.
  11. Inthewind1976

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    Savage 340's (and the other similar models, labeled Stevens, Revelation, etc) were a reliable, value priced rifle for its entire production run. Ive owned a few over the years, and the only real drawback is the need for a side scope mount which in turn, makes it necessary to mount the scope further back, reducing eye relief. Of course, since these were only made in 22 Hornet, 222, 225 Win and 30-30, recoil isnt much of an issue. Depending on the price, of course, I would purchase an earlier (pre "E") 340 in a heartbeat. The reason I dont like the E is simply that the stock is cheaper and the checkering IS the pressed type, and frankly, I like the looks of the earlier model better. Also made as the Model 325 with a "flat bolt handle" ala butterknife, the action and value is similar, although I personally think the flat bolts look like a tu tu on a linebacker. ACCURACE IS USUALL EXCELLENT, due to the Savage method of mounting the barrel with an external nut, rather than screwing it into the receiver. Ever seen a Savage 110 or variation, in good shape that DIDNT shoot well? Me either.
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    The biggest issue I have with mine is the foolish scope mounts that you need to use with them.
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    A friend of mine has one and we load for it and shoot it quite often. He has no complaints and it is accurate with a handloaded pointed bullet.

    I would buy one and be proud to have it.
  14. always_learning

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    Last night I stumbled onto a West Point 842 (Savage 340) 30-30, never been fired. The stock has no scratches or dents and there are no rust spots on this rifle. It was part of a collection that was being sold from an estate.

    I already have a Savage 340A 30-30, perfect for my needs. 150 yards with open sights.

    I don't regret buying a duplicate because it's like a brand new rifle, but honestly, I can't see me shooting a nice unfired rifle like this.

    Pics coming.
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  16. polishshooter

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    First of all, the biggest issue I have with the first post is comparing the Savage 340 to the Remingotn 788...

    Yeah, while BOTH of them were at FIRST considered "Economy" rifles, compared to the "expensive" rifles both manufacturers made, the 788 never took off until AFTER it was discontinued...yeah it had "rear" locking lugs, but NINE of them? One of the strongest factory non-military actions ever designed, if you HAVE one hold ON to it....(YEAH I am still pissed that the surprise .308 788 my wife had on layaway for me for our first Christmas together got sold out from under her in 1981 because she missed a $10 payment...:mad::mad:)


    But on the other hand, can ANYBODY out there say that they have EVER shot ANY Savage rifle that was NOT accurate?


    My Wife's Grandpa had a 340 in .222 with side mount 4x Weaver that was his Tukey rifle (in PA) that she used for Deer when she hunted with him as a girl/then teenager.

    And SHE is still pissed that Grandma gave it to her (despised) cousin that never hunted with him, after he died....


    I have my eye on a totally beat up 340 in .22 Hornet at a shop I frequent, who wants $299....If I could get him to $225 or $250 I would OWN it....


    340 in Hornet or .222 are TACK drivers.....I don't know about the 30-30s, but since 30-30s are NOT known to be an INHERENTLY accurate round from any rifle, I would bet the .30-30 out of any 340 would be a helluva lot more accurate than the same round out of ANY 94 Winchester or 336 Marlin.....and that round out of THEM have probably killed most of the whitetails ever killed with a rifle....
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    i love my 340. can make pointy 30-30 loads for it. I've used it to hunt.

    not enough action for a 222? have you ever shot a 222? it's not compairable to 30-30.. it's compairable to like 218 bee and 22 hornet....
  18. polishshooter

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    I inherited a can of 3031 with a sticker on it from a hardware store that said $3.99 with a little bit left in it when I inherited Gramps reloading equipment....

    He did NOT use 3031 for his .300 Savage or his .30-40 Krag....

    Figuring out his home made brass measures silver soldered onto coat hanger handles and looking at the .224 fmjs and SPs in the old metal tackle box he kept his reloading stuff in....

    ...I wonder what happened to the Lyman Ideal tool he must have used for his small diameter Lyman .222 dies...

    ...and BOY those must have been stiff loads he pushed through his 340 .222 for BOTH Turkey and Whitetails....;):D:D:p
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    I don't have a 340 but I do have a Springfield 840 in 222. I've taken more deer with it than any other rifle I have. Hornady factory ballistic tip rounds put them down fast, never had one run more than 50 yards. My youngest son (now 11) used it to take a 200+ pound bore at 80 yards with 40gr Federal Vital-Shoks. One shot behind the shoulder and the hog never left its tracks.
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  20. polishshooter

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    Nice looking rifle, Slayer. Yeah that's the same rifle we've been talking about.

    Except for not showing a lot more wear and the side mount not holding an old 4x Weaver, it looks just like the rifle my wife's Gramps owned...
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