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Old October 12, 2012, 07:32 AM   #1
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Savage 99e?

I have an opportunity to acquire a Savage 99e .243 which is about 75%, I would judge (and I'm not an expert) with a Barrett(sp?) 3-9x30 scope.

Asking is < $ 400 and I think I can dicker a little.

Don't know the age or provenance. No damage to stock and has the lever safety and no round counter.

Should I?

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Old October 12, 2012, 07:40 AM   #2
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You should 400 is a good price you won't be disappointed. If it is in good shape. How's the trigger?
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Old October 12, 2012, 09:14 AM   #3
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I'm assuming you mean finish condition is 75%?

How is the mechanical condition?

If that is included in the 75%, I'd be leery.
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Old October 12, 2012, 09:28 AM   #4
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Thanks, Mike.

Yes, finish condition, including furniture. Operational function appears good without any looseness or unusual movement, binding, etc. The rifling appears clean and sharp. I haven't, of course, fired a round through it and won't even try the trigger until/unless I'm ready to make an offer.

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Old October 12, 2012, 09:35 AM   #5
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They are really dependable rifles and if in good shape go for it.
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Old October 12, 2012, 01:39 PM   #6
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Well, I pulled the trigger on it, both literally and metaphorically.

Put it on layaway.

It has a 20" barrel and has no mark on the lever boss. The metal is in better shape then I remembered but the stock looks well-used. It is the model with the impressed "checkering".

Serial # is preceded by an "A" which, if plugged into the finder on savage99.com yields: "invalid serial number". If I plug in the number w/o the A, it comes back "...made in 1922.."

Serial # is: A242xxx

I'll probably pick it up next payday and take it out shooting.

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Old October 13, 2012, 04:36 AM   #7
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Well, you know 1922 isn't right because the .243 wasn't introduced in Savage's lineup until around 1955.
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Old October 13, 2012, 01:48 PM   #8
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Yes. I am assuming it was mf'd sometime after the lever-boss system was discontinued after 1970.

I haven't been able to find out when they began putting the alphabetical prefixes in. Right now, my best guess would have to be around 1971 or so.

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