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?