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Bret4207

Undesirable member in absentia, Northern NY
Nice looking set up. With your reloads you might look into the Hornady 45 grain Hornet bullet instead of the 45 grain flat point bullets from Speer and Hornady. Flatten things out a bit for you. Wasn't the model 43 considered the poor mans model 70 back in the day? These days it's top of the line and make nice little varmint walkers.
It was an economy rifle back in the day, yes. It was meant to get in on the post WW2 varminter craze.
 

CWLONGSHOT

Well-Known Member
Yup. Much like the Savage 23 that came before it. Just a lil nicer.
It’s a “pot gun” class of rifle.
CW
 

Bret4207

Undesirable member in absentia, Northern NY
Sorry guy, I have 4 Savage 23 series. They were at least as nicely built, stocked and polished as the run of the mill 43, if not better. I believe they were made from the mid 1920's to around WW2. Your 43 was probably a special order and is far nicer than any other 43 I've ever laid eyes on. I don't know if Savage ever made a "deluxe" version of any of the 23 series (22LR, 22 Hornet, 25/20, 32/20) but I've never heard of one. I would certainly rank the 23 at least the equal of the Win 43 if not a step or 2 above it. I suppose part of that is the "beauty in the eye of the beholder" thing, but owning both, the Winchester just isn't on par with any of the Savages.
 

RicinYakima

High Steppes of Eastern Washington
Model started as "NRA Model 1919" in 1919 as a 22 target rifle. I have the only one I have ever seen with factory checkering, which cost 50% more than the base rifle. There was a Model 1922 in 22 LR, then in 1923 the next version of the 22 LR. Production of 32/20 and 25/20 in 1925 and 22 Hornet in 1931, the first ever made. All could be had checkered, but special order only.
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CWLONGSHOT

Well-Known Member
Yup I also have a couple 23’s. 32/20 & 25/20 Both made in the late 1920’s.
I was gonna mention the 1922 Rick beat me!!

the Savages are older. We had two 43 in my family. One was not checkered and this one was.

It was not a derogatory comment. I like the Savages too.

cw
 

Bret4207

Undesirable member in absentia, Northern NY
The Savage 340 is another gun I wish I'd paid attention to back in the 70's. We had a couple Hornets and bunch of 222's though the shop. Shoulda, woulda, coulda, right? Too late now.