I found an old Savage 23AA .22 bolt gun in VERY good condition today. Blueing and wood was in very nice shape with very little wear. Noticed that the bolt slid very smoothly, back and forth, and that there was almost NO "loosy-goosyness" to the action at all. Felt like everything was machined to one heck of a nice "fit" on that action. They want $185 for it. My blue book seems to indicate about $220-$275 for it, if in excellent or better shape. My book indicates that the 23AA is an "improved" version of the 23A, and had a "speed-lock" action, whatever that is, and that it has the upgraded "checkering" and sling swivels, lacking on the standard 23A. Made from around 1933 to 1942, according to what I was able to find.
Was this a somewhat "deluxe" .22 bolt for Savage from this era?
How does this model shoot?
Seems to me like the "value" for this model 23AA might indicate that the quality on this 1930's to early 1940's gun, might be MUCH better than some of the later Savage examples.
Would love to hear from anyone who has one or had one!!!