Whats this New Savage A22 latching repeater action?

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Re: Whats this New Savage A22 latching repeater action?

Post by Lou » 05 Jan 2019, 9:11 pm

i found that on cci standards it was getting good groupings at 50. , its also real quiet , quieter then the air rifles ive used. didnt have and subs to try out dam it . you can also go through he 10 rounds in 5 seconds . trigger finger to work the lever and middle finger to work the trigger
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Re: Whats this New Savage A22 latching repeater action?

Post by rc42 » 26 Mar 2020, 1:09 pm

I picked up a stainless A22R on Tuesday, I have had a PTA at the dealer for a 22 lever action for the last two months waiting for delivery of a Browning BL-22 from the US. It was due in June but with the current crisis I don't think it will make it before the PTA expired so I chose from the 22 lever actions in the LGS as a pre-lockdown present. If I like the A22R I'll get a new PTA for the Browning, if not, I'll like for like swap it.

So far, it's a great little rifle, lightweight and reasonably finished and cycles with all ammo except CCI quiet (which I expected to not work) and can put bullets in the same hole at 25m. Feels odd to have the casing fly past your ear as you take each shot, with a bolt or typical lever you decide when the used case is ejected.

Trigger is heavy and not smooth at all, release point seems to vary so it's not for precision work but works well with a rapid pull and release. The bolt release leaver is also very heavy so you have to snatch at it rather then gently increasing pressure. You can actually use you middle finger for the trigger and index finger for the release and get into a rhythm to get a very high fire rate almost like a semi auto but certainly not as accurate because of the contorted hold.

Overall, I'm far more impressed with the A22R than I thought I would be, looks like it's a keeper
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Re: Whats this New Savage A22 latching repeater action?

Post by Wombat » 26 Mar 2020, 5:17 pm

Mine cycles quiets ok, maybe try again after a few hundred rounds?
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Re: Whats this New Savage A22 latching repeater action?

Post by InisBineest » 26 Mar 2020, 7:54 pm

rc42 wrote:I picked up a stainless A22R on Tuesday, I have had a PTA at the dealer for a 22 lever action for the last two months waiting for delivery of a Browning BL-22 from the US. It was due in June but with the current crisis I don't think it will make it before the PTA expired so I chose from the 22 lever actions in the LGS as a pre-lockdown present. If I like the A22R I'll get a new PTA for the Browning, if not, I'll like for like swap it.

So far, it's a great little rifle, lightweight and reasonably finished and cycles with all ammo except CCI quiet (which I expected to not work) and can put bullets in the same hole at 25m. Feels odd to have the casing fly past your ear as you take each shot, with a bolt or typical lever you decide when the used case is ejected.

Trigger is heavy and not smooth at all, release point seems to vary so it's not for precision work but works well with a rapid pull and release. The bolt release leaver is also very heavy so you have to snatch at it rather then gently increasing pressure. You can actually use you middle finger for the trigger and index finger for the release and get into a rhythm to get a very high fire rate almost like a semi auto but certainly not as accurate because of the contorted hold.

Overall, I'm far more impressed with the A22R than I thought I would be, looks like it's a keeper



I Bought my A22R pretty much as soon as they came out. The trigger was as you described, heavy and gritty. BUT... i read a rumor that Nioa was fixing them under warrantee. And, well they did! Still heavy, but half what it used to be and not as gritty. Get in touch with them, see if they can have a look at yours.
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Re: Whats this New Savage A22 latching repeater action?

Post by TassieTiger » 26 Mar 2020, 7:56 pm

rc42 wrote:I picked up a stainless A22R on Tuesday, I have had a PTA at the dealer for a 22 lever action for the last two months waiting for delivery of a Browning BL-22 from the US. It was due in June but with the current crisis I don't think it will make it before the PTA expired so I chose from the 22 lever actions in the LGS as a pre-lockdown present. If I like the A22R I'll get a new PTA for the Browning, if not, I'll like for like swap it.

So far, it's a great little rifle, lightweight and reasonably finished and cycles with all ammo except CCI quiet (which I expected to not work) and can put bullets in the same hole at 25m. Feels odd to have the casing fly past your ear as you take each shot, with a bolt or typical lever you decide when the used case is ejected.

Trigger is heavy and not smooth at all, release point seems to vary so it's not for precision work but works well with a rapid pull and release. The bolt release leaver is also very heavy so you have to snatch at it rather then gently increasing pressure. You can actually use you middle finger for the trigger and index finger for the release and get into a rhythm to get a very high fire rate almost like a semi auto but certainly not as accurate because of the contorted hold.

Overall, I'm far more impressed with the A22R than I thought I would be, looks like it's a keeper


Can you put a heavy rubber band around trigger guard along to the latch to help take up some initial pressure, so it’s slightly more consistent?
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Re: Whats this New Savage A22 latching repeater action?

Post by rc42 » 26 Mar 2020, 8:37 pm

If you mean between the trigger guard and the release lever then probably not, it takes a large force to pull the lever back to release the bolt but the lever then has to go forward again and only has a weak spring to help it.

Inside the mechanism, it works like other levers and semi autos where the bolt moves back and pushes the hammer back too, however, on the A22R there is a ratchet on the top of the hammer that the bolt locks onto as it slides back over it, the release lever has to pull the hammer back even further to let the bolt disengage and be released forward and the hammer spring is (and has to be) quite strong.


I'm running a good amount of molybdenum disulfide assembly paste all around the inner workings of the bolt and trigger, that will smooth the metal to metal contact surfaces and make them really slippery as it runs in. After run-in I'll clean all of that out and switch over to graphite, the same treatment works wonders on bolt actions.
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Re: Whats this New Savage A22 latching repeater action?

Post by sungazer » 26 Mar 2020, 8:43 pm

Just double check that there is only one spring at the back of the trigger and only one spring that returns the latch mechanism back forward. my first one although they said it was modified it wasn't. I did some mods myself and it worked well then I exchanged the gun as the barrel had some bad tooling or manufacturing defects in it. it still shot well. The replacement looks much better and still shoots very well for a semi, semi.
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