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Old September 15, 2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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My new old rifle finally arrived...

... and I really like it.

1950s vintage Savage 99, open sights only; not drilled or tapped for scope or sling. It's a .300 Savage - so now I really need to learn how to reload; I have the equipment, now I just need to set it up and learn to use it.





I've wanted one of these since I was a teenager, and read about the 99 in the 1983 Gun Digest. (The author's was a .250-3000 as I recall, but the .300 will work for me just fine.) Finally found one in nice shape, at a reasonable price, and pounced with both feet.

Took it out and put a few rounds of Federal and Bitterroot 150gr through it, yesterday; functions fine. I'll need to see how it groups later this week.
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Old September 15, 2012, 05:36 PM   #2
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It looks to be a nice, mildly-customized, Model 99-EG - Good Luck with your new toy............


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Old September 15, 2012, 08:29 PM   #3
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Ahhh, looks great! Looks like it has a nice linseed oil finish. I am after a vintage rifle myself for similar reasons. They just don't make them like they use to. I like the diamond inlay work. Gives it nice balance.
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Old September 15, 2012, 09:19 PM   #4
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Handsome levergun
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Old September 15, 2012, 11:09 PM   #5
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Nice.......Real Nice
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Old September 16, 2012, 09:51 AM   #6
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MLeake

Congratulations ! and welcome to the "99 club". I have found that my 1951 model 99EG prefers
longer profile bullets like a 150 Sierra round nose or 165 Speer Grand Slam and H-335 or BLC-2 powders.
Good luck and happy shooting!
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Old September 16, 2012, 10:06 AM   #7
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That's a very nice looking rifle and the inlay in the stock appears to be tastefully done. I've been going back and forth between the Savage 99 and Marlin 336 for a while now. I just haven't decided which one to buy first. I'd like to pick a 99 in .303 Savage eventually.

Reloading for that rifle should be fun, there's plenty of guys in the reloading section of the forum that will gladly offer advice if needed and I'm sure someone in there will share their pet load for their .300 Savage. Get yourself a couple of good manuals (I like Speer and Lyman) and read up on the basics there, you could also pick up a copy of the ABCs of Reloading, I've never read it but have heard quite a bit about it.

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Old September 16, 2012, 11:10 AM   #8
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I used to have a 336 in .35 Remington.

So far, I prefer the balance of the 99, but accuracy comparisons will be hard to make - the 336 was scoped, and I plan to keep the 99 on open sights.

I am considering adding a Lyman peep, though. Opinions?
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Old September 16, 2012, 11:36 AM   #9
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Very nice. I suspect that that may be replacement wood, though. That looks like late 1950s our early 60s Fajen or Bishop wood.

I have a 1936 model EG in 300 Savage. Is the butt plate Savage?
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Old September 16, 2012, 11:53 AM   #10
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Or maybe the wood is original, but the white line spacers, and inlays were not. Still looks very nice. 50's are yesterday in gun years.
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Old September 18, 2012, 12:35 PM   #11
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The Lyman peep is a good idea and if you're keeping it irons it should definitely help in the accuracy department.

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Old September 18, 2012, 12:43 PM   #12
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Great catch !!

Excellent and probably the only gun that I regret ever selling. ....

Enjoy and;
Be Safe !!!
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Old September 18, 2012, 12:52 PM   #13
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Mike Irwin, the butt plate is not marked, so I am not sure.

stu95, I ordered a Marble peep setup last night.
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Old September 18, 2012, 09:37 PM   #14
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The butt plate should have some Savage branding on it.

If you take the forearm off, if it its Savage wood it should be marked with the model, in this case EG.
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