Category Archives: Upgrades

Secure your 220 Savage barrel upgrade, for 2019 NOW, with a [non-refundable] $100.00 deposit. Upgrade installations will be installed by the order date of the DEPOSIT; starting mid-late summer, possibility sooner.

Deposit Instructions: This deposit, will make sure we order the right number of each of the #1 and #2 configurations. These barrels will be installed first.  Later in the year the selection of which number update is available could be limited your selection.   Send a check (made out to TarHunt) for $100.00 along with the following information.  Do you want a #1 or #2 upgrade?

Name, address, phone number & (the best time to call the number, is it your cell. I it is not you cell does your wife know), which # barrel do you want, the e-mail address you want to use, a copy of your drivers license (the license copy is needed later on when the gun is shipped to TarHunt).  IL residents send a copy of your FOID along. If you send a copies along now, I should be able to read it.  Also, include the serial number of the gun.  The address on the ID will be the address where the firearm will be shipped to after the update is completed.  NO DEVIATION in the RETURN address used can be allowed.  The firearm will also be sent signature required.

PLEASE, Don’t send any stocks, guns or scopes until I request them (sometime after mid-March). If something changes I will let you know via your email address.  Maybe, the guns that get a Boyd’s stock change will be called in a little ahead of time?  I certainly do not want to mix all of these look alike items together, off dozens of guns until we are ready to work on them.  The barrels should be here sometime in March and I don’t want to store your gun parts until I need them.

Two  Different Barrel Upgrades for the Savage 220

I have lost track (hundreds) of the number of Savage 220 owners I have talked to since November 2016. It has becoming obvious that some OF THE EARLY 220 Savage slug guns; may have lose barrels barrels, a poor fit into their stock, or the barrel may not be quite SAAMI spec. Some early  Savage 220 slug guns, when firing the 20ga Schrifle™ rounds are producing the same size groups as other makes of sabot ammo. When average size groups appears, usually the inside diameter of the barrel is larger than the diameter of the 20ga Schrifle™ slug. For that reason TarHunt offers a less costly 6-round sample box for testing; in addition to the normal 10-round production box.  Only testing your barrel can tell if your ready to enjoy the 20ga Schrifle series of new slug technology; NeoTec Copper (green) slug,   “The first ever, RIFLE DESIGN, ammo for rifled barrel slug guns”!!! 

The 20ga Schrifle™ cannot be made any larger in diameter to match these oversize barrels because the projectiles base is solid copper, with no plastic sabot to compress. It must fit the barrel exactly like a rifle bullet fits the bore of a center fire rifle barrel. The 20ga Schrifle™ round was designed to be fired thru a SAAMI spec rifled slug barrel! SAAMI specification for a rifled slug barrel ONLY allows for a .002ths tolerance period!

Upgrade #1:   TarHunt is offering a SAAMI spec, Stainless Steel, Premier, button rifled, matte finished barrel, in a (non-fluted) factory replacement format for the Savage 220. This SS barrel has a slightly heavier wall thickness than the factory barrel and could require a very slight stock inlet adjustment.  The #1 replacement barrel is 24 inches long with a 1-24 twist rate. It has muzzle diameter of .870ths at the end of the muzzle brake and adds approximately 1/4 pound in weight to the gun. The barrel is threaded for the Savage action and has a 3″chamberThis barrel will be set up as a “change it yourself” but it will required access to an Savage Barrel nut Wrench and a 20ga Head Space Gauge 

The #1 barrel upgrade cost is $265.00  Plus shipping        If needed, these installation tools will be available and sold as a set.  POR 

The #1 barrel upgrade installed by TarHunt is: $335.00 Plus shipping.

Glass bedding the action into a “Fiberglass or Wooden replacement stock” is $80.00 extra. This includes opening up the barrel channel for a #1 barrel, if needed. Just opening the barrel channel for a #1 barrel without glass bedding the action is $20.00 extra. Bedding the action into the factory synthetic stock is not recommended.


The #2 barrel upgrade installed by TarHunt:  (shown in the Savage picture below and on the home page)

The Savage 220 slug gun shown there has the #2 Upgrade installed.  This #2 replacement barrel is 24 inches long, 1-24 twist rate, Stainless Steel, Premier button rifled, matte finish barrel, Helical Fluting with a 3″chamber. The #2 barrel is a 12ga blank with a 20ga rifled bore; then fluted for weight reduction, strength, and faster cooling . It has a muzzle diameter of .935ths at the end of the Muzzle Brake and adds approximately 3/4 pound in weight to the overall gun. This #2  barrel has a much heavier wall thickness than the standard Savage factory slug barrel and “will require” a barrel channel inlet adjustment on all 20ga stocks.

Since this heavier barrel taper is locked up tight against the recoil lug and action face; a ground recoil lug may be used in between, if needed.  The Savage barrel nut locking system will also be used on the #2 upgrade due to the inherit design of the 220 Savage action. This heavier barrel will be solidly tighten to place. Insuring the barrel stays tight while it is under the heavy recoil and torque, generated by a heavy bore size projectile turning at 55,000+ rpms. Remember a slug can weight 2-4 times more weight of a rifle projectile. And the actual amount of time the slug spends in the barrel of a slug gun is much longer than rifles at 2650fps and above.

The #2 barrel update is $450.00     Plus shipping .

Glass bedding the action into a “Fiberglass or Wooden replacement stock” is $90.00 extra, this includes opening up the barrel channel for the #2 barrel. Just opening the barrel channel for a #2 barrel without glass bedding the action is $25.00 extra. Bedding the action into the factory synthetic stock is not recommended.


NOTICE: Prices are subject to change without notice.     As much as a $90.00  (NON-REFUNDABLE)  charge will be assessed against your original deposit for any cancellations on the owners behalf; to offset return shipping costs..


For your reference:   The Internal size of a SAAMI specification rifled slug barrel: On top of the rifling (bore diameter) is .609ths minimum and .611ths is the maximum diameters.  In the bottom of the rifling between the lands (grove diameter) is .618ths minimum and .620ths maximum diameter. The 20ga NeoTec Copper 365gr projectile is .619ths in diameter, exactly in the middle of the (grove diameters) .618ths min.  <.619ths>  and 620ths max.


 Liability clause:    The purchaser assumes all responsibility for the proper installation of this number one (1) barrel upgrade on the Savage 220 bolt action slug gun. This includes setting the headspace to the proper SAAMI specification and applying the proper torque on the barrel nut. Once the barrel nut is properly torqued and the head space is rechecked; the purchaser must stamp/mark the barrel with the proper markings as follows [  20ga. 3”  1-24tr.  ] in an easily readable position on the barrel. Check the muzzle brake after cleaning for a bore obstruction, such as a stuck cleaning patch. Check the holes in the muzzle break for carbon/plastic build up every 2 years minimum. There is no implied accuracy guarantee or implied liability, with any barrel TarHunt did not install.     TarHunt is not responsible for any and all damages to the firearm(s), person(s) firing the firearm, and/or person(s) as bystanders, due to the improper installation of this barrel or due to the failure of the Savage 220 action.


The Savage 220 slug gun shown here has the #2 Upgrade installed.

This barrel is a SAAMI spec, Premier,  SS- button rifled barrel, 24 inch overall length, 1-24″ twist rate,  (heavy wall barrel), with a matte SS finished, Helical Fluted, 3″ chamber and a Muzzle Brake as standard.          Cost $450.00. +UPS