Me and my wife both love combo guns, the savage 24 has so many different versions over the years you basically have your choice of options/accessories.
I was curious, what's your experience with accuracy and separate barrels vs fused barrels? If they have hangers are they adjustable?
I really want 223/12 I think it would make a great timber coyote gun and the wife wants a 22wmr/20 for small game and hiking.
Gorgeous guns guys
As alluded to here, Savage experimented throughout the 24's production with methods of attaching the rifle barrel.
1) Welded full length to the shotgun barrel: This seems to produce the best accuracy. Especially when the shotgun barrel is thick-walled, this method of attachment turns the rifle barrel into a "fat-barrel" gun as far as accuracy is concerned.
2) Welded only at the chamber area, gapped for the rest of the length, then welded only at a small steel "brick" between the barrel tips.
3) Welded at the chamber area, then a "carbine style" barrel band near the tip. (Some flat exterior, some round, some with integral front sight).
With barrel warming, the "barrel band" and "brick" method guns can begin to produce expanded groups. Bench strategy should include TOTAL cooling between shots. Since real-world field usage is almost entirely restricted to one rifle shot only, this is actually the true, practical method of sighting in, rather than a "crutch" to make the gun seem more consistent. The guns do very well on the paper when they are shot as they might be in actual use.
As to impact of the shotgun barrel in relation to sights set for the rifle, this should be tested on paper as well. A "rough bead" (front sight elevated in the picture related to the buckhorn) is usually sufficient to gain "regulation". Of course, shot and slug may differ, and this warrants more experimentation.
In the 24-V's (centerfire rifle) that might be scoped, the lower vertical duplex post can serve quite well as an aiming point for the shotgun.