You read that header right. Savage is now making the Model 42 (clever, eh?), which is a combination rifle/shotgun. Chambered in either .22LR/.410 or .22WMR/.410, it's a lightweight combination gun. I don't know how I missed this in the SHOT show 2012 product information I read on various websites but this weekend I was reading a care package of recent magazines that a friend gives me and stumbled across an article about what's new product-wise in FIN-FUR-GAME magazine or something like that. I quickly jumped on the computer because the article didn't even mention what calibers would be offered in this new gun, and was mildly disappointed to see that there was no centerfire cartridge/.20 gauge version in the immediate future for this gun.
Here's some links to websites talking about the gun, and you can also go to the Savage website and look under new products to read their specs about it:
THE TRUTH ABOUT GUNS
WILDERNESS SURVIVAL DOT NET
HUNTNG CLUB DOT COM
It's a lightweight gun for a combo gun, especially if you recall the Savage combo guns of days gone by that were built on a 12 gauge frame (they were, in a word, El Heavy). Still, one can only hope that this gun will sell well enough with a MSRP of under $500 that Savage will do like Ruger and introduce a whole slew of new models in the coming future.
HERE'S WHAT WOULD BE COOL, SAVAGE: Build some various centerfire/.20 gauge combo guns, but make available extra barrel sets for those of us who like combo guns. Some good centerfire cartridges to start with would be the .223, 7.62 x 39, .243, .270, .308 and 30.06, all matched with a lighter weight frame capable of shooting 3" 20 gauge shells. Heck, icing on the cake would be a double barreled interchangeable 20 gauge barrel, or an interchangeable double rifle barrel in some or all of the above calibers.
I, for one, would pay more than $600 for a combo gun that had interchangeable barrels available.