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Keg
April 4, 2012, 09:51 PM
I picked this one up before last Christmas....I have had several 99's but this one I think I'm gonna keep....I just now got it out and shot it....It shoots like a dream and its so slender and light....If U have one..post a pick....

bamaranger
April 4, 2012, 09:55 PM
I do not have a 99, but have been interested in one lately, and the model you posted is the one I'm interested in, ...straight grip and carbine size.

What caliber is your rifle. Congrats too!

Savage99
April 4, 2012, 10:23 PM
Sweet 99 that you have there. I see its a 30-30 and may be drilled and tapped for scope bases.

My primary woods rifle has been a 99F since 1966. They are a superb rifle.

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg42/scaled.php?server=42&filename=184oi.jpg&res=medium

Its a .358

SCDeac82
April 4, 2012, 10:28 PM
Would love to have one.

Isn't there something unique about the magazine? Rotary?

Don't they go for about $1500 if in good conditiom?

JB

Keg
April 4, 2012, 10:53 PM
Yes Savage99..it is a 30-30 and has been D&T....It believe it was made in the mid 30's....I like that 358 caliber....

sc928porsche
April 5, 2012, 02:01 AM
Ive got one in 300 savage that my grandfather left to me. It sports a weaver 4x with lee dot.

doofus47
April 5, 2012, 11:22 AM
My father-in-law has a Savage99 in .308, I believe. He likes his bunches.

viciouskitty
April 5, 2012, 01:15 PM
I got my great grandfathers savage 99 in 30-30, its a little worse for the wear my grandfather doesn't take good care of his stuff. But the gun is special to me it was made in 1922 and it still goes hunting with me every year its just in my girlfriends hands as her loaner deer rifle.

Keg
April 5, 2012, 02:14 PM
Post some pics VK......

taylorce1
April 5, 2012, 02:15 PM
I have a .358 Win 99 as well.

http://www.myhostedpics.com/images/taylorce1/picture20002.jpg

http://www.myhostedpics.com/images/taylorce1/picture20008.jpg

Keg
April 5, 2012, 10:49 PM
Yeah..I have never had the opportunity to buy or trade for a 358 caliber....It interests me....
I guess the same as I like 348 win cal also....:D

viciouskitty
April 6, 2012, 07:16 PM
Here's a pic Keg unfortunately its a crappy cell phone one tomorrow I will put up a better one.

20thru45
April 6, 2012, 09:40 PM
I like the ambidextrous nature of these beasts. I would buy an unusual midbore like that .358 in an Oregon minute. If I had that one in the previous post I'd double check my eye relief before I fired another round.

Scorch
April 6, 2012, 09:59 PM
A few month ago I picked up a super-clean Savage 1899 takedown in 22 HP, made in 1915. Got a screaming deal on it, $400. I am now making a 3-barrel set, 22 HP, 25-35, and 30-30.

Keg
April 6, 2012, 10:21 PM
VK...That stock has impressed checkering..like a later made gun.....Can U post a pic of the barrel and what is on it..like where made and caliber??

Scorch..post pics of the 22HP...

viciouskitty
April 6, 2012, 11:53 PM
The stock is actually cracked, I've heard that's common i fixed it but plan to replace that stock soon, since it was broken I actually shortened it to fit my short girlfriend. Lol I will post some pics in a bit

oneoldsap
April 7, 2012, 06:25 AM
Doesn't that half box of ammo hanging on the stock make it butt heavy ? The later 99s with the tang safety might be considered ambidextous , but not the old style with the safety on the bottom of the lever on the right !

madcratebuilder
April 7, 2012, 07:13 AM
I have a 99EG from 1952, chambered in 250-3000. Fabulous rifle, I could see how you could collect each caliber.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/savage01.jpg
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/savage02.jpg

johnwilliamson062
April 7, 2012, 07:49 AM
A few years ago there was a 99 in great shape except somewhere along the way an owner carved a bear into the stock. Not terribly done, but also not a real piece of art. Went cheap and I didn't buy. My only firearms regret so far.

Hunter Customs
April 7, 2012, 08:25 AM
I have a 99EG from 1952, chambered in 250-3000. Fabulous rifle, I could see how you could collect each caliber.





I had a 99 in 300 Savage caliber that looked like the 99EG in the pictures, it had a brass round counter and the same slim fore arm.

I shot a lot of deer with that rifle, most were running shots, the rifle just had a natural swing to it.

I also shot a lot of coyotes with that gun.

I got foolish and traded it for a Remington BDL in 30-06 caliber, sure wished I had my 99 back.

Best Regards
Bob Hunter

Gunplummer
April 7, 2012, 10:09 AM
Scorch, You might as well go for 4 barrels. I made one in 7-30 Waters for my one take-down. Shoots good.

Scorch
April 7, 2012, 12:47 PM
Scorch, You might as well go for 4 barrels. I made one in 7-30 Waters for my one take-down. Shoots good.
I actually thought of the 7-30 Waters, as well as 6mmX.30-30. Maybe later, right now buying 2 barrels and making a case for the set will take about all I can afford to put into it. I do have a line on another takedown 99 that is just sitting . . .

Ed4032
April 7, 2012, 01:00 PM
I love my 300 Sav 99. I had the same in 308. I never should have sold it.

dgludwig
April 7, 2012, 01:33 PM
My only firearms regret so far.

Lucky you! :cool: Wish I could say the same. :(

I got my great grandfathers savage 99 in 30-30, its a little worse for the wear my grandfather doesn't take good care of his stuff. But the gun is special to me it was made in 1922

VK...That stock has impressed checkering..like a later made gun.....

I have the same question as Keg: If the rifle in question was made much before the 1960s (i.e., 1922), it would not have impressed checkering on the original stock. I suppose it's possible that somebody later replaced the original wood with a later stock...

Keg
April 7, 2012, 10:51 PM
MCB.....I like that 250-3000....They say that is a very good round.....The peep sight is cool.....

viciouskitty
April 8, 2012, 11:32 AM
The stock on mine is probably a replacement, I'm not sure but the gun has been used alot and my grandfather gave it to me already broken. I fixed the stock, but I believe 30-30 savage 99's have not been made since the 30s.

I went to that website catered to model 99s and using the serial the gun dated back to 1922 if my memory serves correct, I'm sure the gun has had parts replaced because the gun is pretty worn, the barrel looks like a sewer pipe no matter how many times I clean it lol.

oneoldsap
April 8, 2012, 07:22 PM
You could get it rebored and rechambered to 38-55 . The 99 would probably be stout enough to make it a .375 Win. even . 1922 was the year that Savage introduced their .300 , a cartridge ahead of it's time , and one of my all time favorites ! There's another option , rebarrel it to .300 Savage :)

viciouskitty
April 8, 2012, 08:35 PM
Those are some good ideas, I thought of rebarreling it previously. But i may go and try those electronic bore cleaners first to see what it does. But even with the bore being in poor condition it still shoots decent enough, it still gets 2 to 3 inch groups at 100 yards with cheap privi partizian 30-30 ammo.

viciouskitty
April 8, 2012, 08:53 PM
Here are some pics of the markings, pain in the but to resize them lol

viciouskitty
April 8, 2012, 08:56 PM
Here's some more

Mike Irwin
April 8, 2012, 09:46 PM
I've got a 99EG made about 1936.

I've been looking for one in either .32-40 or .38-55 for years. Haven't found one I can afford yet.

Keg
April 8, 2012, 09:53 PM
VK...Yes looks like it was restocked at one time...The problem with many 99's is the butt stocks tend to crack....

Mike..38-55 would be an awesome caliber....

Gunplummer
April 9, 2012, 12:23 AM
Might be a Herters replacement stock. I have run across a few like that over the years.

madcratebuilder
April 9, 2012, 07:25 AM
I've got a 99EG made about 1936.

I've been looking for one in either .32-40 or .38-55 for years. Haven't found one I can afford yet.

I shot a 99 the first time in 61 or 62, belonged to my BIL. I couldn't afford one then and todays prices are not any better.

I've seen a .32-40 but never seen a .38-55, never even heard of one. Those have to be spendy if in great condition.

Mike Irwin
April 9, 2012, 08:50 AM
Dang...

This one is making me rethink the .38-55...

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=280479651

The .38-55, .32-40, and .25-35 were all made up to I think 1920. They might have continued on after that, but I don't think any of them were selling all that well.

The .30-30 was made right up through the depression, was dropped when Savage started having money troubles and, after they came out of World War II, never started making it again.

Savage99
April 15, 2012, 08:58 AM
I had a like new 99 in 38-55. That was back in the late 60's. It was not drilled and tapped for a scope and since it was 'new' I sold it to a club member who was a collector. I got $200 for it!

I had 38-55's in a Hepburn and a High Wall that I loaded for Schuetzen but I wanted a scope on a deer gun.

If you find any chambering in a 99 that you like get it and find a way to load or buy ammo.

They are control round feed you know!

eastbank
April 15, 2012, 12:46 PM
here,s my 99 savage in 303,eastbank.

Hunter Customs
April 15, 2012, 03:50 PM
here,s my 99 savage in 303,eastbank.

That's one sweet rifle, eastbank.
If you ever decide to part with it I can be contacted at bob@huntercustoms.com or call (816)284-0545.

Best Regards
Bob Hunter

Mike Irwin
April 15, 2012, 09:36 PM
Uhm... oh my, I think that's a special order 1899 with factory select wood, Marble tang sight, and factory "B" (I think that's what it would be) engraving.

That's worth a pretty penny, possibly close to $2,000.

Keg
April 16, 2012, 11:26 AM
eastbank...awesome gun....

eastbank
April 16, 2012, 04:51 PM
i took a few more pic,s of the 99 savage in 303, the bore is in ex. condition. its a 1903,serial 35740. eastbank.

Hunter Customs
April 16, 2012, 06:07 PM
i took a few more pic,s of the 99 savage in 303, the bore is in ex. condition. its a 1903,serial 35740. eastbank.

Thanks for the additional pic's eastbank, it's definitely a rifle to be proud of.
Best Regards
Bob Hunter

Abel
April 16, 2012, 08:22 PM
Eastbank, that is one of the finest rifles that I have ever seen. Where do you get ammo/brass?

eastbank
April 17, 2012, 05:27 AM
i got 5 boxs of win 190gr silvertips from a friend who moves in the old ammo circles and lee dies, plus i have gotten alot of cases at flea markets and gun shows(some were norma). i load with 170gr 30-30 bullets at 1900fps. i don,t shoot it very much tho,5-10 rounds a year on sunny days and i have never killed any thing with it,but i think it would be a hoot to get a deer with it. i have tried to get better pic,s of the engraving on the reciever. eastbank.

Mike Irwin
April 17, 2012, 06:27 AM
OK, my bad...

That's actually a Lyman 1B tang sight.

I can't tell what the front sight might be... how about a close up of it? Side and face?

Chances are a gun that fancy is going to also have a special order front sight.

Octagonal barrel was a standard offering at that time...

OK, I think I found your gun in a reprint 1905 catalog.

A little hard to tell, but the engraving pattern certainly has the Grade AB pattern.

Interestingly, though, the checkering pattern appears to be more like the Savage Leader (next step up).

Apparently you could part and parcel just about everything back then.

In 1905 your rifle would have cost:

Octagon barrel - $39.00
Fancy English Walnut - $5.00 (although that could be American black walnut, but would be the same price)
Pistol Grip - $2.50
No. 1B sight - $3.00
Front sight (est.) - $1.00

Estimated total, $50.50 in 1905, or roughly $1,200 in 2010 dollars.

I initially said up to $2,000 if you were to sell it today... I think you could, in the right auction, realize close to double that.

eastbank
April 17, 2012, 03:32 PM
it has a lyman front sight,marked lyman with a pat date of 85. eastbank.

buggley
April 17, 2012, 03:43 PM
love 99s best lever i have. i would a pre 64 win94 for a sav 99E if it was in good shape

Mike Irwin
April 17, 2012, 06:59 PM
There were probably, at that time, 5 or 6 (maybe more) different types of Lyman front sights available as special order pieces.

TX Hunter
April 17, 2012, 09:27 PM
Just replying to the thread title, Yes I like the Savage 99..
Just have not added one to my collection yet, its on the list but will take a while to get to it. If one of you older guys want to will me yours I will greatfully and respectfully accept it. :)

Gunplummer
April 18, 2012, 10:44 AM
If you go the rebarrel route, careful to check feeding first. The rotor and cartridge cut- off could get you into trouble. Sometimes they work out O.K., other times not. I went from .303 to 7-30 W, .303 to .250 Savage with no feed problems other than the counter numbers not lining up. I picked up a complete receiver (Someone cut the barrel off!) and went to .22 Hi-Power. I had to replace some parts there. I think it may have been a 38-55 or 32-40. It had the cocking indicator in the bolt and was in the 80,000 range. Anyway it gave me a lot of trouble to get it feeding right and spare parts are hard to come by now.

Gunplummer
April 18, 2012, 10:52 AM
Graf & Sons has .303 brass, although I never tried it. I bought some Norma (They have been making it for a couple years) and have reloaded it many times. I also use a 30-30 load for it. I have killed one deer with a .303, no big deal, it is like a 30-30. It is a good thing someone started making brass for .303's before they all were converted to something else.

dab102999
April 18, 2012, 11:10 AM
My gr. gr. uncle was a gun collector..he passed a .303 Octigon down, a .300 with a .410 barrel (both round) and a 250-3000. My idiot brother sold the 250-3000 but still have the others. Still shoot and reload them. My dad has bad eyes so we put a scope on the .303 years ago and I passed the .300 onto my youngest son just the other day and took him out shooting. I sure wish over the years I would have jumped on every one I saw for sale for a few hundred. I even have a bunch of new old stock bullets that I load every so often and the orignal book that came with the .303..I believe off of memory that he gave like $28 dollars for that gun new. I have about 10 guns passed down from him and even thought I like shooting a 30-40 Krag that he had sporterised I by far love those 99's.

Guv
April 21, 2012, 06:18 AM
Most under appreciated classic American rifle! Now that Savage is back on it's feet and in demand wouldn't it be great if they brought it back! Eastbank, that is truly a beautiful rifle, I have an A in 308 and a C in 7mm08.

Winchester_73
April 22, 2012, 05:06 PM
It was ahead of its time, and was cheaper than a Winchester. It was and still is a great gun. I've owned 3, and let them all go because they were 300 sav. I would rather have one in a different chambering, or one like eastbank posted (what a beautiful rifle btw) a common cal that had something else special. I sold the one in the bottom 2 photos, and traded the top one in first pic for a 1956 Win 70 243 fwt and the lower one in first pic for a Rem 760 270 from 1953 with a brand new leupold 3x9 vari X II, and dies and some ammo. The bottom one had a rare stith mount and a weaver 330c. It was a neat vintage setup. The stith mount allowed for the addition of a scope without extra holes. The front mount dovetailed into the rear sight dovetail, and the rear mount went into the peep holes.

Top - Savage 99 G - 300 sav deluxe takedown with no extra holes - early 20s
Bottom - Savage 99 R - 300 sav with 4x unertl hawk - early 50s

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww332/357SandW/GEDC0069-1.jpg

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww332/357SandW/GEDC0070.jpg

Savage 99 EG 300 sav with weaver 330c and stith mounts.

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww332/357SandW/savage99300savstith1.jpg

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww332/357SandW/savage99300savstith2.jpg

Jack O'Conner
April 29, 2012, 05:56 AM
I've been a fan of the Mighty 99 for several decades. These dandy bucks were taken in Napa County, California. I had two tags.

Jack

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/rushmoreman/Napamorning.jpg

Keg
May 1, 2012, 03:31 PM
Nice bucks....Jack..somehow I figured U were more of a Winchester fan....:D

Jack O'Conner
May 1, 2012, 07:43 PM
Keg:

I love my Winchester 30-30 but sometimes the mighty 99 needs hunting time, too.

Jack

tahoe2
May 1, 2012, 11:27 PM
I have a Model 99 E with the schnabel forend made in 1951, it was a buddy's grandad's that was passed down,
I aquired it cause I was best man at his wedding (10 yrs ago); it still puts 3 shots into 3/4" @ 100 yds and 5 into 1-1/4",
with my handloads 165 grn Speer Grand Slam over 38 grns BLC-2.

Keg
May 2, 2012, 02:25 PM
I always heard 99's were not very accurate..but the ones I have shot seemed to group very well....

dgludwig
May 2, 2012, 05:51 PM
I always heard 99's were not very accurate..

Where did you hear this from? I've heard negative things regarding the Savage Model 99 over the years but never that they "were not very accurate". Actually, quite the contrary.

Gunplummer
May 2, 2012, 06:06 PM
The not accurate rumor may be from trying one out with only one brand of ammo. I have had and used quite a few, and some can be finicky when it comes to ammo type. I still have a .243 that shoots 6"-8" groups at 100 yards with Winchester and Federal ammo. Remington brings it right in. My .358 does not like Winchester ammo either.

egor20
May 2, 2012, 06:17 PM
TBH I've never been a fan of lever action guns, but looking at a few Savage 99s, I'm starting to enjoy the look.

Not sure I'll ever get a lever action but if I do...........:cool:

Hunter Customs
May 3, 2012, 09:58 AM
I always heard 99's were not very accurate..but the ones I have shot seemed to group very well....

I've heard the same thing about their accuracy.
However my old 300 Savage proved that wrong, it would shoot groups less then a inch at 100 yards.
As I said earlier I sure took a lot of deer with that old gun and most were running shots.
One of my most memorial running shots with the old 99 was a buck that was bounding through a bean field at a good 200 yards, drilled him right through the neck.
Best Regards
Bob Hunter

pdbertb
May 3, 2012, 04:30 PM
I had been looking for an old model 94 for some time when I went into my local shop many months ago and saw an unusual lever action on the shelf. I had no idea what a Savage 99 was, but it was in about 98% condition and chambered in 300 Savage. It had such beautiful case colors I had to have it! Paid $380 for it and found out later it was an RS made in 1953 with the Redfield peep sight. First trip to the range I was hitting 18" metal plates every time at 225 yards off sandbags. Love this rifle!
81166

Davyboy49
May 3, 2012, 06:56 PM
Hello,i am new here but looks like i came to the right place to learn. I was looking up about the Savage 99 and it brought me here. I just traded a man for some rifles and pistols and one rifle is a model 99F Savage in .308. I think it is a 57 year model. Interesting info here.
Thanks,Dave

Hunter Customs
May 4, 2012, 10:19 PM
I had been looking for an old model 94 for some time when I went into my local shop many months ago and saw an unusual lever action on the shelf. I had no idea what a Savage 99 was, but it was in about 98% condition and chambered in 300 Savage. It had such beautiful case colors I had to have it! Paid $380 for it and found out later it was an RS made in 1953 with the Redfield peep sight. First trip to the range I was hitting 18" metal plates every time at 225 yards off sandbags. Love this rifle!

Congradulations on a good find at a great price, you guys are killing me talking about all these great 99's.:)
Best Regards
Bob Hunter

Clark
May 4, 2012, 11:30 PM
http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx220/ClarkM/Sav99takedown6mmBRcropped-1.jpg

This is a 1917 Sav99 250S take down.

I cut threads and chamber on a 6mmPPC take off barrel, and chambered for 6mmBR.

At ~ 80kpsi I shot half a dozen groups.
It has done 0.1" at 50 yards and 0.3" at 100 yards with a heavy trigger.

The problem is that it locks in the back, like a 303 Enfield or a MAS36.

The brass gets stretched.

Gunplummer
May 5, 2012, 11:19 PM
I know what you are saying. My .243 gets "Sticky" extraction when I shoot some factory Winchester through it. It is just too hot for a rear locking rifle and you get receiver "Spring".

JohnKSa
May 5, 2012, 11:42 PM
I've never owned or shot one, but I've handled a few in gun shops and I must admit that they intrigue me like not many guns do. I may have to have one someday.

loose_holster_dan
May 8, 2012, 10:48 PM
just got mine today

http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb428/hayj02/savage99.jpg

dgludwig
May 16, 2012, 11:19 AM
Nice looking rifle, loose_holster_dan. What caliber is it?

Freds484
May 16, 2012, 05:32 PM
I have a Savage 99F bought new in 1965 with the rotary magazine.
Its had maybe a hundred rounds out of it in 47 years, It is in mint condition blueing, walnut wood and checkering.
I only had the paper work that came with the gun out last week.
Savage says in the manual that came with the gun to load the magazine full to keep the gun balanced.
I will start using this again now that I am retired and give the Remington, Winchester and Weatherby rifles a rest.
Shame it laid in a gun safe for 47 years and just came out once a year for a cleaning and oiling.
Fred

Keg
May 16, 2012, 07:19 PM
Fred...I plan to use mine too....I will be posting some pics....

Clearwater82
June 3, 2012, 08:59 PM
I picked this one up before last Christmas....I have had several 99's but this one I think I'm gonna keep....I just now got it out and shot it....It shoots like a dream and its so slender and light

Nice Savage .30-30. I don't have one but I'd like to.

rebs
June 4, 2012, 05:32 AM
I have a Savage 99 that my Grandfather left to my Dad and my Dad left to me, I will never part with it until I pass and it goes to my son.
It is in 300 Savage caliber and does have a round counter in the side.

SavageArms99F
June 6, 2012, 09:20 AM
My Father recently passed away and left me several firearms ... This Savage .300 F was his very favorite of them. I noticed a hairline crack which can be seen in photo 001 (third) I am not sure if this can be repaired? Does this seriously effect the guns worth? I was told that the gun was in pristine condition not taking the crack into consideration by a good friend who knows a lot more about guns than I do. I thought someone here may give me an idea of it's worth and suggestions concerning the crack???

Scorch
June 6, 2012, 11:27 AM
The hairlne crack shown is common in Savage 99s. Stock fitting at the factory was at the speed of the production line, workers grabbed finished wood stocks and bolted them to the barelled actions. Sometimems the fit was not perfect, and sometimes the wood compressed when the rifle was fired, as in this case. As the rifle is fired, the wood compresses at fitted areas, and in your case the tang has bottomed out in the inletting and is forcing its way through the wood. To fix the issue, the stock should be removed, the crack injected with epoxy then clamped. When cured, the tang needs to be relieved before the stock is reinstalled, otherwise the crack will continue to grow.

SavageArms99F
June 7, 2012, 01:10 AM
Thank You for the very helpful information...

MOshooter65202
June 7, 2012, 05:29 AM
Very nice Savage 99 there Keg,I have never owned a 99 but always interested in one.