View Full Version : sticky trigger on a model 99

November 11, 2012, 04:23 PM
Anybody ever done a trigger job on one of these?? Mine is really gritty before breaking, It's a 1951 EG in 300 Savage.

November 11, 2012, 05:12 PM
Clean it thoroughly, and oil it with lighter fluid.

November 11, 2012, 08:02 PM
Lighter fluid ?? Please use a proper , good quality gun oil !

November 13, 2012, 03:41 AM
Actually, lighter fluid used to be the recommended lubricant, high VOC with light oil residue. But today there are many, many good quality lubricants that will work without gumming.

And as far as the trigger on a 99, if you have to ask how, don't do it. It is not overly complex, but then neither was the detonator on the first atomic bomb.

November 13, 2012, 07:19 AM
One thing you must NEVER do is take apart a 99 rotary magazine !!

November 13, 2012, 07:57 AM
Take it to a good gunsmith. Sounds like the sear needs to be recut.

November 15, 2012, 02:20 PM
As I posted on THR when you posted this question:

This book:

Has a magazine article from 1977 on "Slicking the Savage 99".
5 of the 7 pages are on trigger improvement.

In that article it says, "Unfortuenatley, the trigger and sear engagement at point "C" is concealed in the receiver recesses, so adjustment of the sear notch is something of a trial and error proceedrure..."

James K
November 15, 2012, 08:36 PM
I don't know which model is involved, but be very careful in trying to adjust trigger pull on the old Savage 99's. The new ones are different, but trying to cut the pull on the old models can result in the rifle firing out of battery with disastrous results for the rifle and possible injury to the shooter.


November 18, 2012, 01:59 AM
I won't alter it, just clean & oil. If it doesn't clean up, I will just have to shoot it more to wear it in. Although it has killed animals over the years, prior to my ownership I don't think it was shot but maybe a couple/three times a year.
I have probably put 200 rounds in ten years in it.

November 20, 2012, 05:50 PM
I would have the trigger thoroughly cleaned using an ultrasonic degreaser/cleaner before I would have any work done on it.

I knew a guy in Smackover AR who did trigger jobs on S&W. His technique was to remove the side plate fill it with break free and a fine grinding compound. Have the owner shoot a 100 rounds or so and bring it back. He cleaned the stuff out, ensuring all the grinding compound was removed, and gave it back to the owner.

The S&W M-15 I shot which he had treated had one of the smoothest actions I ever felt.