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Old May 2, 2013, 01:55 PM   #1
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My new Savage 99C

Well here she is! 99C. Not sure what year. She has nice walnut stocks. Bluing on the barrel is good, on the receiver and mag is a little worn. Action is smooooooth and the case-color hardening on the lever is beautiful.






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Old May 2, 2013, 02:23 PM   #2
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Nice looking rifle, I'm sure you're going to enjoy it. I have a Model 99 in 300 Savage and understand what you are saying about "smooooooth action"
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Old May 2, 2013, 02:27 PM   #3
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Thanks! She balances very well, even nicer than a Marlin 30-30. The contours of the receiver allow it to 'fill your grip' as opposed to the narrow feel that Win/Marlins have.

She weighs in a 6 lbs, which is pretty light.
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Old May 2, 2013, 02:50 PM   #4
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Oh, so nice!

...and in .308 Win to top it all off!

Finest lever gun ever made IMHO!

Enjoy...

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Old May 2, 2013, 04:34 PM   #5
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She's a doozy! Handling is excellent!
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Old May 2, 2013, 04:35 PM   #6
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Someone explain to me why this rifle was discontinued?
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Old May 2, 2013, 04:45 PM   #7
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Magazine and action were too complex for cheap manufacturing processes.

I have a mid-1950s vintage .300 Savage, and love mine. Not a Buckhorn sight fan, so I added a Marble tang peep sight.
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Old May 2, 2013, 05:04 PM   #8
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I might add a Skinner barrel mounted peep on this rifle.

This is considered the cheaper version with the detachable mag, but it doesn't feel cheap. The checkering is pressed, but it's a cool weave pattern.

The magazine should hold 5 rounds of .308 Win right? So a total of 5+1 capacity?
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Old May 2, 2013, 05:18 PM   #9
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Magazine and action were too complex for cheap manufacturing processes.
I heard the same thing. The production cost was getting to be way too high. The gun's first production year, 1899, gave it the model number. Manufacturing stopped in 1998.

The Savage 99 was chambered at one time or another for .303 Savage, .30-30 Winchester, .300 Savage, .25-35 Winchester, .250 Savage (my favorite), .22 Hi Power, .22-250 Remington, .243 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .358 Winchester, 7mm-08 Remington, .284 Winchester, .38-55 Winchester, .32-40 Ballard, .375 Winchester and, by special order with a replacement barrel, .410 bore shotshell as a single-shot.

Great gun...

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Old May 2, 2013, 10:48 PM   #10
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Revolutionary design for 1899. Loaded indicator, rotary magazine allowing spitzer bullets. Just imagine what was also being designed at the same time. 1898, Paul Mauser develops the 98 action.

Btw, the trigger pull is clean, crips, and light!
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Old May 2, 2013, 11:31 PM   #11
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model 99 in 300 Savage

Love em, great guns, my 1951 EG will still put 3 shots into 3/4" and 5 into 1-1/4" with 165 grn Speer Grand Slams over H-335 or BLC-2. I am also fond of model 98's . 89194 89195
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Old May 2, 2013, 11:49 PM   #12
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Real nice! My favorite rifle. I have one in .303 Savage, 30-30, and .358 . My brother has one in .308 without the checkered stock and it's not as nice as yours.
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Old May 2, 2013, 11:59 PM   #13
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Unofficial picture thread of 99's?
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Old May 3, 2013, 03:30 AM   #14
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Classic lines!

You know for a while I got into the "tactical" arena with respect to my collection, whatever "tactical" means anyway... But, one interesting outcome of this Obama anti-gun jihad and my refusal to pay the rediculous hysterical prices people are asking for semi-auto's etc... is the revival of my interest in classic weapons for my collection. I've added a beutiful Winchester 94-22 and several marlin 39A's. I'd love to have a 99 like the one you've pictured! Congratulations on a timeless classic. That's certainly a rifle for the ages and has nothing to envy from any other genre of rifles, particularly the "tactical" ones. BTW, I still like the Black rifles too, I must confess!

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Old May 3, 2013, 10:05 AM   #15
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I sold off an Norinco M14 and used the cash to get this one, same caliber, but just better for hunting and classic! M14 was cool too, but just didn't have the allure.
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Old May 3, 2013, 10:14 AM   #16
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Mine is a 1936 EG in .300 Savage.

Love that gun with all of my heart.

Want to get another one in .30-30, .32-40, or .38-55.

The 99 holds the distinction of being chambered in more factory-standard cartridges than any other lever action.



Hey Bumblebug...

".38-55 Winchester, .32-40 Ballard"

Both the .38-55 and .32-40 were Ballard designed cartridges that Winchester co-opted. Devious, them. Wikipedia had it like that.



For awhile, Savage looked at having the guns manufactured in Spain, the 99C version only, but it didn't work out, and tragically this incredible design went away.
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Old May 3, 2013, 10:16 AM   #17
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Because mine is in .308, should I put a 4x32 scope on it to take advantage of the cartridge? How effective can this rifle be?
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Old May 3, 2013, 10:19 AM   #18
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The Savage 99 is perfectly capable of being a 250-yard + rifle.

Because of the action design, and the fact that the bolt locks at the rear, given it a long, "whippy" action, technically they shouldn't shoot as well as they can.

As each rifle is an individual, though, you have to make sure that your rifle can handle that kind of range.
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Old May 3, 2013, 10:47 AM   #19
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Classic, I grew up with my dad hunting with a 99 in 250-3000. Mine is in 22 High Power with a spare 30-30 barrel.
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Revolutionary design for 1899
It was a 1893 design, first produced as the Model 1895 (produced for Savage by Marlin). The 1899 patents incorporated a few minor changes (cocked indicator, safety lever lock, etc), but pretty much the same. Yes, think about what else was new and exciting at the same time:
* the Winchester 1894
* the Winchester 1895
* the Krag-Jorgensen rifle
* the Mauser 1895
* Colt Model 1895 machine gun
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Old May 3, 2013, 11:02 AM   #20
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OP, using the wide aperture peep, from prone, I get 2" - 3" groups with my .300.

I am more of a handgunner than a rifleman, so I am sure a lot of our members could easily best that.
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Old May 3, 2013, 11:08 AM   #21
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I have a lovely 99 in 30-30. It's a takedown model, do believe it was manufactured in 1922.

It's part of my ideal hunting rifle combo, and I vacillate as to which is my fave.

The aforementioned Savage 99 in 30-30 for hunting thick brush on the coast. It has a Lyman tang mount peep on it.

My 1952 Sears Model 50 in .270. One of those sleeper Dept. store rifles. It has an FN Mauser action with a barrel by high standard. I got very lucky, mine has pretty wood. I put a 3-9 Bushnell on it. Not the cheap Bushnell, this one was made in Japan, it's outstanding, very bright, very sharp.

Two very different hunting rifles, one for the thick brush on the coast, and the other for the desert country on the other side of the Cascades.

Neither will ever leave the fold. They will be passed down to my son or grandsons.
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Old May 3, 2013, 03:21 PM   #22
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Nice rifle, KnightofCydonia and a better than average looking piece of walnut. My Model 99 carbine is chambered in .358 Winchester and I never have to look far to find my whitetail after the shot. No checkering on mine but I'd rather have no checkering than sixties-era, impressed "checkering".
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Old May 3, 2013, 05:37 PM   #23
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Any idea on weaver style bases that fit the tapped holes? I kind of want to put an aperture Skinner sight on it instead, but would that be a waste for .308 winchester?
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Old May 3, 2013, 10:31 PM   #24
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Use the Brownell's catalog. I have not bought any for a while, but they used to be sold by the piece (Front and rear), not the set. I have tip- offs on my 30-30 and one .300. Both guns are take-downs. It is amazing how well they go back to zero after moving either the barrel or scope.
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Old May 4, 2013, 04:38 AM   #25
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KnightofCydonia...Nice 99....I like the removeable magazine option and 308 cal.....I've owned a couple 300 Savages...I have a 30-30 carbine now and won't part....
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