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Old November 16, 2013, 09:59 AM   #1
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older Savage 99 ?

I hjave an older Savage rifle in 300 savage cal. It was my Grandfather's then my fathers and now passed on to me. It is in excellent condition. Being quite an older rifle will it be safe to shoot factory loaded 300 savage ammo in it ?
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Old November 16, 2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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I would say take it to a reputable gun smith and if he says it's okay, if so use it. The 300 in it's day was a hot little number.
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Old November 16, 2013, 10:09 AM   #3
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Absent abuse, I see no reason why it wouldn't be safe. Never hurts to get the headspace checked, of course.
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Old November 16, 2013, 10:20 AM   #4
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It was last fired about 5 years ago and since then has been in a gun safe.
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Old November 16, 2013, 06:02 PM   #5
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look on youtube on how to disassemble and check it out, lube it up, and take to a safe firing range (area)


a disassembly video
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Old November 16, 2013, 07:23 PM   #6
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about that disassemble, unless you are real sharp and good with your hands,and have a lot of patince dont take that rotary magazine apart
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Old November 16, 2013, 07:44 PM   #7
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I have an older model 99 and it belong to my grandfather and father. I let my youngest son use it this year during deer season. He practiced with it many times over the summer using both factory rounds and reloads. If your gun is in good condition there is no doubt in my mind you can shoot factory ammo in it.
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Old November 17, 2013, 05:36 AM   #8
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The Savage 99 is a strong action built with very good steel. This action has been used to chamber faster cartridges than your 300 including .284 Winchester and .308.

Around here, 300 Savage rifles are occaisonally found on used racks. Pricing is typically about $575. and higher based upon condition.

Good hunting to you.
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Old November 17, 2013, 09:02 PM   #9
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I agree with Art. Unless you see a reason to suspect it age alone wouldn't make it dangerous. Do you have some reason to be suspicious?

Out of an abundance of caution you could have it inspected. Are you a new shooter for all intent and purpose!?
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Old November 18, 2013, 08:51 AM   #10
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"about that disassemble, unless you are real sharp and good with your hands,and have a lot of patince dont take that rotary magazine apart"

Even if you are smart and good with your hands, DO NOT disassemble the rotary magazine.
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Old November 18, 2013, 02:01 PM   #11
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no reason to be suspicious just being cautious. It hasn't been shot in about five years.
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Old November 18, 2013, 07:00 PM   #12
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A long string is cheaper than a gunsmith. Well, unless you need a gunsmith after you pull the string.
I'd not worry about a gun fired 5 years ago unless there was visible damage(rust, bent, cracked,etc)
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Old November 19, 2013, 12:58 AM   #13
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While it is true that Savage 99s were made in 308 or 284, you cannot just run a 308 reamer in a pre-308 300 Savage chamber and make it into a 308. The receiver needs to be heat treated to stand the higher pressure. Not worth the effort for the little gain. Likewise the 300 should not be loaded to the same pressure as the 308. That said, not being fired in the last 5 years or the last 30 for that matter is irrelevant. I have gone a lot more that five years at a time between shooting my two 300s. As stated before what is important is its current condition.
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Old November 19, 2013, 07:12 AM   #14
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The bore looks great, the entire rifle is clean and the action is very smooth. I put 3 rounds in the rotary shell holder and they cycled fine, they all chambered and extracted smoothly. I have an appointment tomorrow with a local gun smith to have him check it out before I shoot it, just to be safe.
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Old November 19, 2013, 10:03 AM   #15
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model 99

I have a model 99 in 300 Savage from 1951, that has also been passed down for 3 generations.
I hand-load for it, and it will still put 5 shots under 2" at 100.
It has taken numerous deer and elk, although not by me. Great gun enjoy it.
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Old November 19, 2013, 12:14 PM   #16
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My 99 is from 1936.

I've not shot it in a number of years, but I love shooting it nonetheless.
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Old November 19, 2013, 01:02 PM   #17
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My Dad had a M99 from 1947 in .300 as did my uncle. I use to shoot woodchucks with it with open sights. Needless to say many a whitetail was taken with the .300.
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Old November 19, 2013, 04:16 PM   #18
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This Savage was my Fathers and Grandfathers favorite deer rifle and my Dad shot a few black bear with it as well.
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Old November 19, 2013, 04:37 PM   #19
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MathTeacher: Show us where you read that the newer receivers have different steel/heat treating. I have heard this rumor for years and no one can produce facts. It is the SAME receiver with MORE metal milled out to accommodate the longer cartridge length. I would be leary of any rifle produced before 1920, but due to testing procedures, not the grade of steel. I am to lazy to look it up, but think the .300 did not make the seen until at least the 30's. When the detachable magazine model was introduced, there may have been steel/heat treating changes. I simply do not know. The basic structure of the receiver was changed when this new model came out, so it is possible there were material changes.
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Old November 19, 2013, 08:25 PM   #20
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Mine works fine and it was made 111 years ago.


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Old November 19, 2013, 08:41 PM   #21
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Mine is drilled and tapped for the tang mounted peep site, but I don't have one. Doea anyone4 have one they would sell ?
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Old November 20, 2013, 09:42 AM   #22
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"I am to lazy to look it up, but think the .300 did not make the seen until at least the 30's."

The .300 Savage cartridge was, IIRC, announced in the 1920 catalog, but didn't become available until 1921.
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Old November 22, 2013, 06:00 AM   #23
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My rifle checked out fine by the gun smith and I shot it yesterday with some 150 gr soft points. What a beautiful rifle, I love it. My eyes just aren't what they used to be for open sights, I am looking at getting a tang mounted peep sight for it since it is already driller and tapped for one. It is not drilled and tapped for a scope. Would having it drilled and tapped decrease its value ? I am leaning more toward a peep sight since I think that would be more original for the era the rifle is from.
Do you guys have a pet bullet weight and powder for plinking and range target shooting with this rifle ?
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Old November 22, 2013, 07:50 AM   #24
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"Would having it drilled and tapped decrease its value ?"

From a collector's standpoint, strictly speaking, yes it would.

From a user's standpoint, it would likely increase the value a bit to someone who wants to use it for hunting.

The .300 Savage is at its absolute best with bullets in the 150 to 165-gr. range. I generally have loaded 150s.
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Old November 22, 2013, 11:37 AM   #25
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I have a 1903 Sav 99 in great shape that cost me $500+ and I am not going to drill and tap it.
I have not shot it.

I have a 1917 Sav 99 all beat up that cost me $100+ and I drilled and tapped it. It is a take down model, and I made a bull barrel for it and shot tiny groups.
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