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July 17, 2009, 02:53 PM
hi everyone im new to this forum and i have a question,i just got a savage model 99 in 30-30 the lever boss reads H its a good working rifle but the grooves inside the barrel are almost invisable ive brushed and wiped allready but it didnt do much for it ,i wonder where can i find a good used barrel for it or can it be borred to another bullet something practical i guess. thanks alot for taking the time to answer this.

July 17, 2009, 04:02 PM
It could be re bored for other calibers BUT you must check the age of your model. If you have a pre heat treatment gun I would not have it re bored for something more powerful. Since you have it bored to 30 cal already your choices are sadly limited. A used barrel is an option but could be expensive. Good luck.

July 17, 2009, 07:54 PM
A .30-30 is the gold standard of practicality - Have you tried shooting it yet ?

Sometimes, even what appears to be, is not what it first seems.


July 17, 2009, 08:55 PM
You could have the barrel lined for about $300. It would still have the markings and would shoot like new. Call John Taylor at Taylor Machine 253-445-4073, M-F 8A-5P. John does outstanding work.

July 17, 2009, 10:36 PM
thank you very much guys for the info i checked redmans riflings and it sounds like a reeline is what i need so i can keep the 30-30 caliber which i realy like,the lever boss reads H and acording to a poast someone made on this forum its a 1956 and the barrel reads hi presure steel.so maybe it can be reebored but i dont know what to .

July 18, 2009, 07:44 AM
[1956 and the barrel reads hi presure steel.so maybe it can be reebored but i dont know what to .]

The .32 Special and the .38-55 both have the same rim/boltface size as the .30-30, and should feed OK from the mag.

Their operating pressure is also comparable to the .30-30.

A magazine test feed can be done prior to any rebore for proof.


Mike Irwin
July 18, 2009, 08:47 AM
If it was originally chambered in .30-30, and not converted many years ago, it was NOT made in 1956.

The last .30-30 rolled out of Savage's factory in 1939 or 1940, when Savage began gearing up to fulfill contracts that it was receiving from Britain prior to US entry into WW II.

After the war the .30-30 was not reintroduced into the standard line up.

If you decide to change calibers to .38-55, you're going to run into a serious problem with the shell carrier in the magazine. It will have to be either replaced with one that is .38-55 specific, or the one you have will have to be reworked so that it will work with .38-55, which is no easy task.

Fortunately, it appears that the .38-55 carriers and the .30-30 carriers are, in those years of production, interchangeable. The problem is finding one in .38-55.

What's the serial number (XX out the last 2 or 3 digits) and I can tell you when it was made.

July 18, 2009, 02:39 PM
the serial number is 147789 the LBC is H i cant read everything on the barrel just model 18.. and the stamping that says 30-30 i think il just have it reelined that way i dont have to mess with the shell carrier which is working ok.and like mr petahw says its the gold standard for practicality but i would like to know when it was made and also is it just a 1899 or a 99 or 99h or 99e or what.

July 18, 2009, 04:05 PM
A model 99 says so on a receiver says and a model 1899 also says so on the receiver.

Mike Irwin
July 18, 2009, 09:13 PM
The H means nothing that I know of. It COULD be a Model H, the featherweight, but I don't think Savage was stamping model designations on the guns that early, although I may be wrong about that.

But... the only problem with that is the Model H was introduced in 1923, nearly a decade after your gun was manufactured. Your Model 1899 (it was renamed simply the Model 99 around 1920) was made in 1914, so that's a double strike against your gun being an H.

Made then it could be a number of models. Which model can be a bit difficult to determine without good, clear pictures and even then it can be a challenge.