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Old December 21, 2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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300 Savage

I have a 300 Savage that my grandpa gave me. Only have shoot 20 rounds through it. Its very enjoyable to shoot, and I have a buddy selling another almost identical. I have a Model 99 and I think his is a 99F, or a 99 I am not entirely sure.

I am just curious about what mine is worth, and where the round falls. I am looking to probably buy his. I kind of think its like a hard hitting 243 but I cant be sure being as I dont have a 243. I know I shot 180grain bullets which are like my .30-06. So if someone could value my gun for curiosity sakeand tell me if its worth picking up this other one, thanks

As per serial number it looks to be 1935.

Sorry the pictures are bad. I can get more quick if needed. I wish I had better pictures of the engraving. On one side of the stock is an Indian in a Canoe and the other side is a moose head





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Old December 22, 2012, 12:04 AM   #2
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I actually wanted you guys to see it how I can so I posted more pictures and here you go









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Old December 22, 2012, 12:06 AM   #3
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Old December 22, 2012, 02:22 AM   #4
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Nice looking rifle.
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Old December 22, 2012, 08:09 AM   #5
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Value from a collectors point is not going to happen with the great looking engraving and blueing looks better than many but still shows signes of use so keep it clean and enjoy a peice of family history. But to a shooter of savage 99s in general 500 bucks??

The 300 savage cartidge with a 150gr bullet as a solid 2650fps 325 yard deer rifle and comairable to a low recoil 308 load. Unless your black bear hunting or moose at 150yards the 180gr bullets are not needed any more . Try hornadys 150gr SST ammo for deer hunting.
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Old December 22, 2012, 08:23 AM   #6
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My Dad (1922-2004) hunted with his 300 Savage for many decades. He toppled elk, mule deer, antelope in the western states and deer and bear in Pennsylvania. He also took down a big moose in Ontario, Canada. None got away. The 300 is an excellent cartridge for the modern big game hunter.

Your rifle displays amazing craftsmanship. My guess to value is approx. $625.00.

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Old December 22, 2012, 09:40 AM   #7
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That's a nice looking rifle, someone did a nice job on the stock carvings, however that's not my cup of tea.

I have two 99s a 300 and 250 Savage, they are sweet rifles.
The biggest thing I've shot with a 300 Savage was whitetail deer and I sure dropped a lot of them with that caliber.

A lot of the deer I dropped were running shots and I attribute the natural swing of the 99 to helping me make those shots.

As for what your rifle is worth I can't really guess, I do know a collector would want the rifle in original condition.

Shoot the rifle, try a tang peep sight I'll bet you will enjoy it.

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Old December 22, 2012, 10:52 AM   #8
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All Savage 99's are marked with their Model, in the form of one or two letters, stamped into the front face of the action, on one or both sides (in the case of a two-lettered model like "EG") of the rotary magazine's axle bushing - viewable after first removing the wood forend.

If your friend's Model 99 turns out to be a 99F, and it's in as nice as condition as yours, but original/unmolested, it's value would be considerably more than yours - on the order of 50% more ($250), or 150% ($750).
If his is a .250 Savage ILO a .300, it's value would be 2x yours ($950-$1K, depending on condition).

The .300 Savage is (as posted above) basically a low-powered .308 Winchester, since the .308 was developed from the Savage cartridge.

No animal that I've ever shot with either has been able to tell the difference between the two , as far as I can tell - since they were all pretty much DRT.




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Old December 22, 2012, 04:22 PM   #9
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If you were to find the right buyer I'd guess somewhere North of $600.

Unfortunately the carving on the stock detracts from collector value. Well unless the person who did the carving is famous.
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Old December 22, 2012, 08:35 PM   #10
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That appears to be a 99H, a takedown model. That helps elevate the price some.

Unfortunately, to a collector, the replacement buttstock and forearm is something of a drawback.

The .300 is perfectly capable of taking any North American game, but is on the light side for the really big or dangerous critters.

It absolutely sings with 150 to 165 grain bullets.
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Old December 22, 2012, 08:47 PM   #11
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Fantastic information guys, thanks a gun. Its not for sale its part of grandpas collection. I am just starting to go through and figure out what I have. It is a sweet shooter. Feels great. If I did hunt, I would probably choose this gun. It fits me and feels the best out of anything else I have.


Do they still make the 300 savage ? Are there any modern rifles with it? Just curious. I know they still have bullets for sale but I am just wondering if the round is still popular. I am just asking to know if its worth getting this other rifle? Its not as in as nice of shape as mine. Judging buy what you guys have said its probably going to be in the 300 dollar range. Its probably 75% finish and the stock has seen better days.
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Old December 22, 2012, 11:11 PM   #12
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I don't believe anyone is chambering .300 Savage at the moment, but every once in awhile Remington or Savage will do a run.

The biggest drawback to the .300 is that reloading is a pain because of the short neck and steep shoulder.

The round still sells, as there are still a lot of Savage 99s, Remington 81s, 722s, and 760s in circulation.
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Old December 23, 2012, 02:02 AM   #13
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300 Savage

Winchester still makes it in seasonal (limited) runs--albeit @ $40.00 a box (20 ct).
I have been reloading it for about 12 years, mine was also a grandpa's gun.
Mine still prints 3/4" for 3 shots and 1-1/2" for 5. It's a 1951EG model, looking very similar to yours.
My favorite loads are 38 grns of H-335 under a 150 grn round nose (very accurate) and 37 grns of IMR3031 and 165 Speer Grand Slam (most accurate).
These loads are worked up for my gun and show no signs of pressure, velocities run around 2600 fps for the 150's and 2450 fps for the 165's.
I have not taken any game with these, but they are more than adequate for deer & black bear sized game.
Attending some gun shows might net you some good prices on ammo, but it can be hit or miss.
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Old December 23, 2012, 10:22 AM   #14
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You may have to order ammo but it not hard to find. win, rem, horndy and rem load for it. hornady has several loads with there superformance and regular line
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Old December 23, 2012, 07:57 PM   #15
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Ammo can be found and it runs about $30 a box (20). If you reload, they can be formed from 308/7.62x51 brass. Balistics for the 300 savage is very similar to the 308.

I have my grandfathers old 99 and it is topped with a weaver K-4 lee dot.
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Old December 23, 2012, 08:03 PM   #16
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Nice gun but the stock carving degrades its collection value. Savage Forum guys could give you an idea. The metal work looks great, and it's not drilled and taped, through the receiver top which further degrades its value but not its usability. Equipped with a vintage Lyman or Marbles peep it should do 3" gps. at 100 yds...a scope will cut that nearly in half. The .300 Savage is a great caliber, mine will get within 100 fps of .308 velocities as measured in my Sako Forester.

I don' t find it any harder to reload for than a .308, .30-06, or any other bottle necked centerfire round.

My 99 is very accurate, almost to bolt gun standards, and I'd be surprised if yours didn't do as well. It's great for most critters in the lower 48...deer, black bear, antelope etc...here's a pic of mine with a typical 100 yd group, shot off the porch rail, not some lead sled bench deal. The guns can shoot!!!...Id Keep it and treasure the legacy your Grand Dad passed on to you...and don't drill that receiver for a scope, you can enjoy it as much or more with a light wt peep, carries better too... Mine was already drilled which cut the price down about $200...I've got $450 in this one, without the scope..Rod

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Old December 24, 2012, 02:13 AM   #17
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I killed my first four elk with a Savage 99 in 300 Savage. I never had any problem hand loading it. There is no need to crimp the cartridge. The only problem I ever encountered was loading pointed 180 grain bullets to too low a velocity which caused them to keyhole.
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Old December 24, 2012, 09:17 AM   #18
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Never had a reloading problem. And no case forming - new brass is readily available. For many years, this was the definition of "deer rifle" in PA. Still is to many.
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Old December 24, 2012, 10:24 AM   #19
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.300 Savage is one of my favorites , I have two . Both Remingtons , a 722 and a 760 . If I were a lever action fan , I would have one in the 99 too !
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Old December 24, 2012, 01:00 PM   #20
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I have a 99EG made in 1936, a Remington 722, and a Remington Model 81.

One of these days I'll pick up a Remington 760, one of the 700 Classic series that came out some years ago and, the good Lord and cash willing, some day I'll have one of the very few Winchester Model 70s chambered in .300 Savage.
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Old December 24, 2012, 09:47 PM   #21
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I have one made in the 50s. It is a 99R often referred to as the "heavy rifle".

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Old December 25, 2012, 03:41 PM   #22
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Good luck on that Model 70 Mike , I know they made them , but I've yet to see one ! If I were to run into one of the 700 Classics , it would probably follow me home .
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Old December 26, 2012, 02:05 PM   #23
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I've seen one, in a private collection...
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Old December 26, 2012, 09:42 PM   #24
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what a beautiful rifle...looks like new...I just picked up a model 99 in 300 savage and it's in good,original condition but not like Yours...mine was made in 1940 per the serial number...yet to fire it
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Old December 31, 2012, 03:27 AM   #25
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Thanks so much for the replies and information guys!!
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