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Old 05-17-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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I wish I could say that I got my first Savage 99 at a tender age, and that it was my most faithful companion during my hunting years. Sadly, I did not own a '99 until five or six years ago. I was walking around a gun show in Fort Worth, looking for a Marlin lever action in .35 Remington, when I started talking to a guy walking around with a later model 99e in .308. Although I told him that it really wasn't what I was in the market for, he kept lowering the price. Now, I had been sorta noticing 99's for a few years, but never gotten around to buying one -- and if i were going to buy one, I wanted an older one. But . . . this guy kept lowering his asking price, and the 99 came home with me. And I liked it. A lot. But I still wanted an older gun in .300 Savage. So I kept my eye out, and after moving to Pennsylvania I found a reasonably priced old-timer at the local gun store. I liked it even better. Classic design, feels good in the hand, a pleasure to shoot. My big regret is that it wasn't designed to handle the 30-06 cartridge.

Any other '99 fans out there?

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I had one many years ago in 300 Savage. Awesome little rifle. Wish I could get in on one in 358 Win(308 necked up to .358") but they're somewhat rare. That'd make one heck of a wood rifle IMHO.
I'd love to see them bring them back out in some of the newer rounds like 260 Rem or 7mm08.

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First rifle I bought was a 99 chambered in 243. I was 14 at the time. Worked my but off that summer to pay for it. When I was getting married I decided I needed some money and sold it. 9 years later I had neither her nor the gun. I do miss that gun. I bought another one later on that is a sweet gun as well. It is chambered in 308 and will be with me when I go to my grave. Even with the junk sites and safety it is till my favorite shooting iron.
I agree TNFrank that rifle with the rotary mag and a descent set of sites in 7mm-08 would be a have to have around here.

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At age 12 I bought a 303 from the General Store for under $20. On showing the purchase to my elderly neighbor, he seemed quite taken by the mk4. When he suggested a trade I quickly agreed. I became the new owner of an octagon bbl Savage lever 30-30, which I had always admired. It sure was slick & a big improvement over my single-shot. I actually still have that gun, less stock. Also had a 300, a great moose-elk gun.
If you can find one in 284 cal you'll have one of the best.

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I don't have a Savage 99,but I am a fan the sleek little lever actions.

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In the early 70's, the 99C (yes it stood for ....argh.... Clip) really interested me. Never saw one in the stores. Back then I didn't want to order anything.
I had no tolerance for delayed gratification. I kept buying other stuff that was in stock.

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Ah the Fort Worth Gun Show like that one. A friend came by one day 3 years ago and handed me a 99 Savage. He had bought out an estate and the old 1950 .300 Savage was among the things. She has the brass counter and is all original.
I am a bullet caster. The old 99 just loves the 150 LEE .309 cast from Lino type. OK, the Mdl. 99 can live at my house.

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A bit late on adding something to this but just found the sight. I started hunting with my husband at the age of 51 and he let me use his Savage 99 300. Fell in love with it and got my own (1945 version). But since I love a 7mm-08 cartridge and had tried some of the bolt actions and didn't like them (I am a female disabled vet and have a bit of a tough time with the bolt), then tried the BLR. Had problems with the hammer etc. So started on a search for the Savage 99 7mm-08. Started researching it and went on a search that last a long time. I had come across 2 and the auctions went so high I couldn't afford them. Last month I managed to get one thanks to a wonderful dealer in Idaho. It had been in a gun safe for years, mint condition and we had to work on the lever since it had not been used for years, but the oil worked wonders. We have been hog hunting on our new hunt lease and I have to say I have never ever shot such and incredible rifle. It is so dead on it is amazing. I am soooo in love with this rifle ! Just had to tell everyone how great these things are.

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A bit late on adding something to this but just found the sight. I started hunting with my husband at the age of 51 and he let me use his Savage 99 300. Fell in love with it and got my own (1945 version). But since I love a 7mm-08 cartridge and had tried some of the bolt actions and didn't like them (I am a female disabled vet and have a bit of a tough time with the bolt), then tried the BLR. Had problems with the hammer etc. So started on a search for the Savage 99 7mm-08. Started researching it and went on a search that last a long time. I had come across 2 and the auctions went so high I couldn't afford them. Last month I managed to get one thanks to a wonderful dealer in Idaho. It had been in a gun safe for years, mint condition and we had to work on the lever since it had not been used for years, but the oil worked wonders. We have been hog hunting on our new hunt lease and I have to say I have never ever shot such and incredible rifle. It is so dead on it is amazing. I am soooo in love with this rifle ! Just had to tell everyone how great these things are.
I am so jealous right now! Thanks for posting the pics. That is a really nice rifle.
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The .300 Savage Cartridge dates to 1920. The .300 Savage was being considered to replace the 30-06 as a primary military round. Due to some problems it was changed some what to become the .308. It is very easy to trim and size a .308 to a .300 Savage.

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