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Is it safe to use the 3 inch shells in your single shot Savage model 220B?

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2005-10-23 05:13:05
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Is it marked "3 in" on the side of the barrel or receiver? If not, take it to a gunsmith and ask him to measure the chambers. Blue Book doesn't indicate a B series, and this COULD have been Savage's way of indicating longer chambers. Since the first model 220's were made in 1938, it is quite possible that the chambers are only 2 3/4 and, although a 3" shell would go in, the crimped or rolled end could not open fully.

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