A serial number near 1 million should put you solidly into the 1970s production wise.
As for rarity of chambering, I think it's a toss up between the .358 and the .284. Neither round was chambered very long, and it appears that not many were made.
I've seen numerous .284s and .358s over the years, and they ALWAYS command significant premiums.
The Savage 99 was offered in more standard calibers than any other lever-action rifle.
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Last edited by Mike Irwin; July 31, 2008 at 04:02 PM.