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Old 04-17-2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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Savage 720 A-5

Hello-- I recently found for sale a Savage 720 12 gauge shotgun in excellent condition. The asking price was around $450. It appears to be a version of the John Browning's A-5, similar to the licensed Remington variant of the FN A-5.

When I checked the Blue Book price I was surprise to see that it was valued at $225 when in 100% condition. Questions: Why so cheap? Is it a poorly made knock off, or have the collectors/shooters merely overlooked a good value?

Thanks for your responses. --c
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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While they are good shotguns they do not command the price like a Browning. You can pick up remington model 11's for $200 to $350 and I would go for one of those over a savage. I paid $450 for a browning magnum 4 months ago. I would pass.
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Corky who knows why the value of different names on the same item differ like they do. I have a had a Remington model 11 and an auto 5 and found no difference in them. In admittance though I didn't tear either of them down except to clean. The Savage along with the Remington was used by the military as their "trench gun" hence the Ordnance "flaming bomb" cartouche on the side of some model 11's and I understand Savages were also used. Both were used in longer barreled versions to teach the concept of lead to aerial and anti aircraft gunners. My vote for best movie use of a Remington Model 11: Chuck Norris in Lone Wolf McQuade!! Model 11 pistol grip sawed off 12 gauge. Can you say Personal Defense Weapon?
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:16 PM   #4
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Can you say Personal Defense Weapon?
Yep but I didn't go the full class III route like ole Chuck. I wanted to be able to stuff 8 rounds in that 106 year old beast



But back to topic if you could get the 720 for $250 or under you would have a good deal. Most of these old beasts need some rehab. New springs and wood repair are the most common. Cracked bolts are also a problem if the forend wood deteriorated and head spaces the barrel out to far. This is easy to spot as the bolt handle will be hitting the receiver when forward.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:34 AM   #5
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Thanks all--

I own a nice Browning Light Twelve A-5 which, with its three barrels, including a slug barrel with rifle sights, really fulfills my needs. However, a very good condition Savage 720 in 16 gauge is available, so I'm mulling over a purchase just out of nostalgia, I suppose. The 16 was the gauge of my youth and the A-5 was THE shotgun of the shooters I admired in those long gone days. Thanks for educating me on the Savage version. Perhaps I'll open price negotiations. --c
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