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Savage Model 42

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by mcmurry, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. mcmurry

    mcmurry Well-Known Member

    I wasn't really sure if this belongs in the shotgun or the rifle forum. What's the general take on the Savage model 42? The gun marketed towards youth with either a .22lr or .22wmr on top and a .410 underneath. Thanks.
  2. plumberroy

    plumberroy Well-Known Member

    I have had one in my hands . I don't think it is worth the asking price
  3. jaguarxk120

    jaguarxk120 Well-Known Member

    I also looked at one, It's a shame what some gun makers try to sell as guns today.

    You are farther ahead to look for a used/pre-owned Model 24, there is a collector following for them.
  4. MikeJackmin

    MikeJackmin Well-Known Member

    The old versions of these guns were well-liked, and used ones offered for sale are usually pricey. I have yet to hear anything good about the new version.
  5. rule303

    rule303 Well-Known Member

    Savage makes some really nice guns at a fair price, but the 42 isn't one of them IMO.
  6. mcmurry

    mcmurry Well-Known Member

    Thanks y'all, I thought it might make a decent squirrel/rabbit/snake gun.
  7. Jason_W

    Jason_W Well-Known Member

    I don't know why they made the 42 as hideous and unpleasant to the touch as they did.

    The Chiappia Little Badger and Baikal MP 94 are both much nicer .410/.22s in terms of aesthetics and ergonomics. Haven't fired any of them so I can't speak to their mechanical reliability.
  8. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    I have one of the 42s in .22lr .410
    I was a bit skeptical about the gun and it took some fiddling with but turns out to be a decent shooter after all.
  9. jaguarxk120

    jaguarxk120 Well-Known Member

    Mcmurry save your money and buy a nice Model 24 in 22/410.

    There's one guy on a forum that signs off with "Life is too short to hunt with a ugly gun."

    He is so right, when hunting carrying a gun the you really like make the hunt that more enjoyable.
  10. JSH1

    JSH1 Well-Known Member

    I've never handled one but I've general read two opinions on them. The people that purchased one like it and recommend it. Then there are the people on internet forums that say they are ugly, cheap and plastic and you should save up for a Model 24. Just remember that 50 years ago the Model 24's that people are going crazy over today were thought of as a plain-Jane utilitarian gun.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2014
  11. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    The market is there for the little combo guns, but not at that price. With modern machinery/manufacturing, and a decent design they should be able to market these for less that $300 at full retail.

    No excuse for crappy quality either. With laser alignment the barrels should be able to shoot together well, and with proper design and manufacturing, the lines should be pleasing, and the fit and finish need not be sloppy.

    Somebody ought to take those college boy designers and spank them until they learn some practical lessons about guns. Until then, they should stick with designing toasters, and door knobs.
  12. perpster

    perpster Well-Known Member

    The 42 is way overpriced and fugly. Look for a 24 instead.
  13. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    if i was gonna buy a combo gun it would have to be either a .357/20ga or a .30-30/20

    i dont have any interest in a .22/.410 and think either of the about would be a great do it all camp gun or survival rifle. id really like a .44 special or .45 colt over 20ga
  14. herrwalther

    herrwalther Well-Known Member

    My wife is interested in the 42 as a backpack gun if she can't get her hands on her dream pack gun: the M6 Scout. The 42 runs for about 300 in these parts which is the only thing she likes about it over the M6.
  15. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    Locally, they're selling for $460 or so. That seems high to me for what you get. I also am not sure that I understand the construction of the 22LR breechface; it looked and felt like plastic and showed dry fire peening that I could not see being easily ironed.
  16. savanahsdad

    savanahsdad Well-Known Member

    plain-Jane ?.... I have two of them , the 22lr/410 has a case harden receiver checkered for-end and stock with nice dark hard wood , with white spacers under recoil pad and pistol grip cap, , the 22lr/20ga is a bit plain , but even that one has the game-scene stamped on the receiver , love my mod 24's , if you gave me a mod42 I'd sell it and buy a mod 24 ,

    so +1 on "life is to short to hunt with an ugly gun "
  17. JSH1

    JSH1 Well-Known Member

    I sounds like you have some nice looking guns. Savage did make some nicely detailed model 24's with checkered walnut stocks and such. However, it is my understanding that the volume models where the "field grade" and camper models that had plain "walnut finished" stocks. I would have a very difficult time walking through the thickets hunting with your deluxe model 24. On the other hand I wouldn't give a second thought to doing that with a Model 42 with a synthetic stock. I purchase guns for utility not looks and think $300 is a fair price for the Model 42. Of course I have a H&R single shot so I already hunt with an "ugly" gun.
  18. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    Some folks buy guns to shoot and some folks buy guns because they look pretty,,,
    The 42 shoots better than any of several older 24s I have shot over the years.
    The two M6 guns I owned were atrocious in comparison.
  19. JSH1

    JSH1 Well-Known Member

    Very true and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For some people nothing but metal and wood will do. I like the look of nice wood stocks but appreciate the practicality of synthetics.

    I like the Model 42 but I'm looking for a 22LR over 20 gauge.
  20. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    Word I keep hearing is Savage has plans in works for the 42 in .22/20 guage.

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