Any Savage 99 fans?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by txpossum, May 17, 2013.

  1. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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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?
     
  2. TNFrank

    TNFrank New Member

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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. ;)
     

  3. rockratt

    rockratt Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.:D
     
  4. 6_5swedeforelk

    6_5swedeforelk New Member

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    Ninety-niners

    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.
     
  5. MOshooter

    MOshooter New Member

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    I don't have a Savage 99,but I am a fan the sleek little lever actions.
     
  6. KG7IL

    KG7IL Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  7. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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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.:)
     
  8. gobblertales

    gobblertales New Member

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    Savage 99

    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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  9. TLuker

    TLuker Active Member

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    I am so jealous right now! Thanks for posting the pics. That is a really nice rifle. :cool:
     
  10. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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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.:)
     
  11. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Beautiful gun. I too am jealous.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    just in the last couple of years i have come to appreciate the model 99 Savages. many years ago i would see them at gun shows or gun stores but kind of would pass over them for more modern rifles. back then they were priced pretty decently, but just didn't capture my attention like the newer firearms did. what a disservice i was doing to myself for thinking like this.

    well just a little over a year ago when i was at my LGS picking up an order, i was browsing the used gun rack, and lo and behold, an older model 99 sitting there, chambered in 250-3000 Savage, and a take-down model as well. had that old, used but not abused patina to it, that old rifles get from being used byt very much taken care of look like. it captured my eye and attention and was simply a beautiful looking rifle, that i would have been proud to own and shoot. but with a consignment price of $1300, it was not to be.

    but one of these days, i hope to own a model 99 Savage, maybe even more than one. they are a beautiful rifle, they are well designed and very well made and they were made in many different varieties over it's long length of manufacter.
     
  13. KimberFan

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    Being a vintage old left hander...I bought a 99 in .308 back in the early 60's. I have never been disappointed in this rifle. Great shooter. Enjoy it!
     
  14. samnev

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    About 30 years ago at the Ohio Gun Collectors Show I ran across a Model 99 303 Take Down that was in mint condition that was made in 1937. Even had a heavy cloth/leather case to hold all the parts when broken down. Afterward I was able to find 5 boxes of new production Winchester 303 Savage ammo. I haven't shot it much. It's very accurate but just to pretty to shoot so I just fondle it now.
     
  15. powg

    powg New Member

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    savage 99

    I am a left eye dominant right hander / basic ambidextrous ....so I shoot rifles /shotguns lefty, handguns right handed but left eyed so I love levers . I have a blr 30.06 .marlin 30-30 ..will inherit 2 savage 99's a .300 and .22 hi power. I love the 99's. and the winchester 88 in .284 :D
     
  16. kidmma

    kidmma New Member

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    2 weeks ago I shot my first black bear with my Grandfather's 300 Sav. It's a model 99F. Made I think in 50-60 era.
     
  17. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    There is a web page that dates the 99 Savages. Just Google the address. :)
     
  18. string1946

    string1946 New Member

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    I own 2 Savage Model 99's. One in 308 Win. and the other in 25-35 WCF.
     
  19. toddchaney

    toddchaney New Member

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    Savage 99's are like fine art.They have a personality, beautiful and are well engineered guns.Two on my list also.
     
  20. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    How much would a used, but not abused, Savage 99 in a common caliber cost?