The most common configuration was a .22 LR over a .410 shotgun. But Savage also chambered it for centerfire cartridges, ranging from .22 Hornet to the .30-30 Winchester, and with 20 and 12 gauge shotgun barrels. One version was offered in the powerful .308 Win, but without a doubt the most common combination was a .22 Long Rifle and a .410 Shotgun. This was the perfect configuration for small-game hunting. Things were a lot less specialized back then, and often “hunting” meant any legal game you came across when you were out and about. Most Baby Boomers who hunted went after small game, and rabbits, upland birds, and squirrels were all part of the potential bag. That made the Savage Model 24 the ultimate gun for this kind of “woods foraging.” It was the first gun for thousands of kids, but adults discovered its merits and took to this gun in droves as well. Many who started out with the small game version in .22 LR/.410 later picked up a big game version with a centerfire rifle cartridge and a larger shotgun bore.