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Savage 29-A Rimfire Pump Action - Checkered Stock
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For a few months now I've been actively seeking the purchase of a .22 pump action rifle to "round out" my selection of long guns. I have several semi-autos and recently picked up a 22 lever gun, but I had a craving for an old-fashioned rimfire pump.

I'm not sure if this will satisfy my cravings, or make me want MORE, but I finally have my hands on almost the exact rifle I was hoping to run across.

It's condition? Meh, it doesn't scream "valuable collector piece", but to ME it is PERFECT. I absolutely LOVE an old rifle with "character". Worn bluing, light pitting, and wood that tells you that it has been around the block all add value in my eye.
My grandfather only had a few rifles when he passed on and those went to his son - this is the next best thing.

I present to you, my Savage model 29-A in all of it's weathered glory. Smile



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Well, there are about a dozen more photos, but the auto-rotate on my camera flipped them upside down.
I "edited" them in Photobucket to orient them correctly and they display correctly IN Photobucket, yet when I link them here, they are displayed in the original "upside down" version.
I hate Photobucket more and more every day.

I'll see what I can do to correct them later.
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#2
Nice.

You did drool over a .22 pump at the shoot earlier this year. lol
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#3
Connal;125027 Wrote:Nice.

You did drool over a .22 pump at the shoot earlier this year. lol

Yeah. I've always wanted one, but when Scruff brought his to a shoot, I decided it was time to stop admiring other people's stuff, and get one of my own.
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#4
The pictures are displaying OK now.
The wood looks to be in good condition, it's just that the finish is showing wear. I'd be proud to have that gun in that condition. Have you had it out for a "test drive" yet?

You wanna talk about a gun with character, I took this one out to a block shoot last weekend and actually shot it to win a prize.
I came home with a 10# pork loin thanks to a well placed pellet at 30 yards with this gem:

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For what it's worth, this is NOT representative of how I treat my guns, or anything else. I just got this a few weeks ago and haven't gotten around to cleaning it up yet. I function tested it then took it out to the shoot to "initiate" it, basically see how it shoots. I must say that it performs satisfactorily. There's no making it look nice again unless I sand off the rust and paint it. (I know, DuraCoat is an option but I'm not going to do it, and a complete strip and reblue isn't in the forecast either. I might not even keep the gun).
There are three types of people in the world:
Those who make things happen,
Those who watch things happen,
And those who wonder what happened.
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mauser;125045 Wrote:The pictures are displaying OK now.
The wood looks to be in good condition, it's just that the finish is showing wear. I'd be proud to have that gun in that condition. Have you had it out for a "test drive" yet?

You wanna talk about a gun with character, I took this one out to a block shoot last weekend and actually shot it to win a prize.
I came home with a 10# pork loin thanks to a well placed pellet at 30 yards with this gem:

You're right, there's barely a mark on the wood - it's just the outer "varnish" that's worn/flaking off.

There's some crud inside, so I want to get it scrubbed clean before I shoot it. (I just got it yesterday afternoon)


Haha! Yours has a face only a mother could love, for sure. Wink



Funny how things work out. A few weeks ago I was going to buy a Henry pump from someone, but the deal was "retracted" by the seller. I was disappointed then because I couldn't find anyone with one for sale, but now I'm happy it didn't pan out because it was in really bad condition compared to this, and this is a heck of a lot nicer all around.
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Emptymag;125051 Wrote:You're right, there's barely a mark on the wood - it's just the outer "varnish" that's worn/flaking off.

There's some crud inside, so I want to get it scrubbed clean before I shoot it. (I just got it yesterday afternoon)


Haha! Yours has a face only a mother could love, for sure. Wink



Funny how things work out. A few weeks ago I was going to buy a Henry pump from someone, but the deal was "retracted" by the seller. I was disappointed then because I couldn't find anyone with one for sale, but now I'm happy it didn't pan out because it was in really bad condition compared to this, and this is a heck of a lot nicer all around.

Yeah, it is funny how things work out. Patience is definitely a virtue, instant gratification is nice when it happens naturally but when you have to push for something to happen it can be less rewarding when it finally does happen, or it can be downright disappointing when in spite of your best efforts it doesn't work out.

How long were you thinking about the possibility of getting another dog when Bela walked into your life?
Aren't you glad you didn't act sooner, thus enabling you to help that beautiful little dog now?

Yep, "Funny how things work out."

It looks like you're getting your Christmas presents early this year. Congratulations!
There are three types of people in the world:
Those who make things happen,
Those who watch things happen,
And those who wonder what happened.
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#7
When someone says .22 pump that's what I imagine.
The weathered look is awesome, don't change a thing.

Congrats!
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#8
P89;125072 Wrote:When someone says .22 pump that's what I imagine.
The weathered look is awesome, don't change a thing.

Congrats!

I have to agree here. If I had that gun in that condition the most I might consider doing is touching some areas LIGHTLY with 0000 steel wool to knock off some of the loose finish that's flaking and going to fall off anyhow.
There are three types of people in the world:
Those who make things happen,
Those who watch things happen,
And those who wonder what happened.
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#9
P89;125072 Wrote:When someone says .22 pump that's what I imagine.
The weathered look is awesome, don't change a thing.

Congrats!

I agree, it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Chuck Farley, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#10
Nothing to fear, folks. I really have no desire to refinish it.
It would be different if I were planning to hunt with it and felt the wood should have some protection from the elements, but this won't be seeing bad weather.

I like the fact that it's all original. Defects and all.
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