Savage 170 Pump 30-30


June 3, 2011, 04:19 PM
Anyone have one of these or know anything about them? I got to stop by a gunstore the other day that I've heard great things about, but never got to visit. Anyway, on the used rack I pump rifle that just kind of peaked my curiosity. I picked it up and it was a Savage model 170 pump rifle in 30-30. I had no idea Savage even made a pump rifle, much less one in 30-30. The more I played with it the more I wanted it. It wasn't in the best shape. Not horrible, but you could tell it had been well hunted with as the wood was pretty scratched up and showed signs of wear. It had a scope mounted on it, but I can't remember what kind. They wanted $300. I thought seriously about it, but decided that I didn't need it and I didn't really want to pay that much especially for the condition of the wood. However, it was interesting to say the least as I'd never known Savage made a pump 30-30, but it seemed like an awesome combination.

I will have to keep my eyes open because if I ever find one of these in excellent condition I may have to buy it.

So, are these decent guns? What are they usually worth in both excellent shape and with the wood pretty worn on them? Does anyone know when these were made? Were they very common?

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June 3, 2011, 04:53 PM
I've only seen pictures of one, never one in the flesh. They also made 'em in 35Remington. Do a search on the auction sites for completed auctions and see what they're bringing in the condition you describe. I'd probably jump on one in 35.

June 3, 2011, 07:31 PM
Man, you are lucky to have even seen one. If I find one for under $350 in decent shape, I'm taking her home. A Savage 170 pump is on my short list.

June 3, 2011, 07:39 PM
I never owned myself one but they were very popular around here in the 1970s. Our local Western Auto carried them under their Revelation trade name. They did tend to have feed problems.

June 3, 2011, 10:29 PM
I wonder if I should go back and buy this one. When I say scratched up, I don't mean beat to crap, I just mean it had lots of small dings and scratches like it had been carried for the last 20 years. It looked used, where I guess I'd have preferred if it had been relatively scratch free and new looking.

I'm kind of regretting not picking it up, and wondering if I should go back. The shop is about 1.5 hours away. I just had no idea Savage even made a pump rifle and after seeing it, I thought it was awesome.

June 4, 2011, 02:43 AM
A friend of mine has one.

It's not for sale.

June 4, 2011, 04:00 AM
The fore arm rattles on about all of them. they are decently accurate.
see if they will keep the scope and take $200.

June 4, 2011, 09:16 AM
I've shot them and worked part-time in a gunshop in the mid '70's in highschool and we sold a good many of them.

Like another poster mentioned, they tend to rattle, and they only have one action bar on the forend and can bind if the forend is twisted while working the action.

They utilize a tubular magazine, hence were only offered in .30/30 and .35rem. I've never seen one in .35 however.....

They are decently accurate and often were sold with a scope/mount package. The scopes were rather cheap, and likely aren't any good now. In todays market, I'd guess that $250-$300 would be a "going" price..... They sold new for about the same price as a "branded" (ie: Revelation, WesternAuto)Winchester M94 or Marlin/Glenfield leveraction which was the market they were trying to tap.

June 4, 2011, 12:26 PM
Years ago, I had one in .35 Remington, and found it remakably accurate with a 4X scope on it. No feeding problems at all with the rimless case, which I find odd, as there are numerous reports of problems with the .30-30. Since the gun is based on the Model 77 shotgun's .410 version (Uses the receiver, innards, magazine tube, and wood), one would think that a rimmed cartridge would pose no problems. Go figure. They do rattle if you make an effort to rattle them. Don't. And the single action bar is no problem either. Don't twist the forearm. Model 37 ithacas have a single action bar too. I sold the .35 to move on to something else; currently have a Model 77 .410 that I enjoy popping clay birds with. Personally, I wouldn't pay more than $250 for a 170,
but I'm retired and cautious with my gun money. (I bought the .410 about 10 years - while I was still on the job - for 50 bucks from one of the auxiliaries.)

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