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Old 04-10-2019, 05:08 PM
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picked this up afew weeks back...missing mag..(but i just bought another later one sn 122xxx that does have a mag with it, with the knob at bottom, will post pics of it after i pick it up)

Anyway....sn 75553.....when i saw this just thought it was neat old school...dont think the Lyman peep is factory and of course the Mossberg scope mount also wouldn't be, no name on scope....stock and butt plate are numbered to ea other but are 2k numbers later 77501....dont think this would be correct either...unless the stock was laying around...love the history

havent shot it yet...my question is....the slot on left side of receiver at frt of bolt....would this be for an ejector that is missing...the bolt looks to have twin extractors and single firing pin...
Thanks for any help/input
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:00 PM
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I think the slot is there just so the extractor cut on the left side of the barrel could be made, since the rifle has an integrated action and barrel. A conventional barrel/action would allow this to be done on the barrel before it is installed. In other words, there is nothing missing.
Good luck with yours. These were among the very first bolt action sporters made by any American company (The Sav. M22 was the first).
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Old 04-11-2019, 03:05 PM
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I have owned 3 of these rifles and all 3 were tack drivers. Only own one now. They are well made. The magazines can be expensive when found. Never had one scoped. They all have the slot you referred too, so you have nothing to worry about.
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Old 04-11-2019, 05:29 PM
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I used to have a Model 23AA which, I believe, had a somewhat faster lock time than the 23A.
Great rifle with the receiver and barrel made from one piece. With a good trigger and a 24x scope it consistently would shoot 0.30-0.45" 5 shot CTC 50 yard groups with match ammo which I consider to be excellent.
It was not quite one of my 5 best 22 sporters but it was not far behind them. I kinda miss it now that I think of it. It was in excellent condition and sold for $300 about 3 years ago. Someone got a great deal.
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:48 PM
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I have two 23As as well as a 23AA, 23B 23C and 23D. One of the 23As was owned by my Dad and was bought new by my Grand Dad. This poor old rifle was used by just about everyone in our community to kill varmints, rabbits, squirrels, hogs, shootin-matches... no telling how many 1000 rounds have been through it. It is very well worn but still really accurate. Amazingly it still looks pretty good. The doll baby in the bunch is the 23AA. It looked very good in the pictures when it was on gun broker several years ago, but when I got it, I was amazed. These had a chrome bolt ( I guess ) this one did not have a mark on it. The stock had just very minor safe marks.




It does not shoot as well as the well worn 23A, but its okay. I have not shot the other 23A or the B or C, the 23D (.22 Hornet ) I have and it is a KILLER.
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Old 04-11-2019, 09:30 PM
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The model 23A was a sporter version of the 19 NRA, Made using the same bbl. action system but had a shorter bbl. and a proportioned stock with a schnable type forend. The 23A was made from 1923 to 1933. About 88,000 were made. Yours is from the about 1927 which is just my estimate.

- Oval ejection port,
- Single firing pin,
- Half cock on open full cock on close.
- No adjustable trigger

The sights available were:

Front
- Savage #29 Gold Bead
- aka, Rocky Mountain Knife Blade

Rear
- Savage #20 Flat Top
- Optional Savage No 10 or 15 Receiver sight
- (L) = Lyman sights No 42SS

Your front blade sight might be original, the Receiver sight is likely the correct Lyman 42SS made for this application. I don't believe it came with the peep sight.

The scope is a Mossberg No. 6 along with the scope mount and is 4X. It was made from 1935 to 1940. The earlier bolt action 19 NRA had a similar bolt with two firing pins.

I think it is a score and a fun rifle.
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:58 AM
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Thanks for all the help/input...I must say i never noticed that the it is a integrated action/barrel....never saw a set up like that.....anyway love it...cant wait to pick up the other one has it still has the mag and the top mounted factory peep on it...

52DH:....love the chrome bolt....nice looking rifle...

Thanks again al...will post pics of other 23a soon
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