savage 99 brush gun

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by aztman, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. aztman

    aztman New Member

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    I have a 99 built in 66 in 308 im thinking about having it cut down to 16" and adding a 1-4 var. scope for elk sized game in the brush, any thoughts? oh and its not mint.
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    Think twice about cutting the barrel. Its a lot of bad with very little good. Muzzle blast will be awe full, you lose velocity(power), more recoil, harder to hold steady, when shooting with people nearby they will hate you, elk 600 miles away will here your gun fire, fireball coming out the short barrel could start forest fires, in low light conditions people on the space station will see the fire from your shots, if you wear ear plugs AND muffs you will only slightly hurt your hearing when you shoot. Plus side- save a few ounces and be slightly handier walking thru thick brush.
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Better off buying a 45-70 lever gun ;)

    You will get a lot more boom as in sound. More recoil than what little a 308 has to begin with. And more flash. You give up some velocity.

    16" 308 are a hoot to shoot but i think your ruining the gun when you could use it as an excuse to get a new one designed as a brush gun from the get go!!
     
  4. aztman

    aztman New Member

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    oh yes loud,cutting up a classic, but one of a kind and COOL IMHO.Maybe go 20" that would help with the noise and flame. Then I can change the scope and hunt deer out to about 250 yards.
     
  5. jpattersonnh

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    Just don't do it. The 99 is a fast accurate rifle as is.
     
  6. skeniger2002

    skeniger2002 New Member

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    I'm with Patterson with that if you want a brush gun go with a 35 rem. Marlin.
     
  7. aztman

    aztman New Member

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    soooo the consensus is put a low power scope on it and use it as. next question what load should I start with factory ammo?
     
  8. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    If you can't swing a standard barrel on a model 99, buy some junker to hack up. Not a great old rifle. I am not even sure about the low power only. get a 2-7 or 2.5-10 and go hunting. Some of us our long range rifles up close too. i have killed deer as close as 20 feet and many under 40 yards with a 21" bolt rifle 308 and a 27" 7mm rem mag over the years.
     
  9. aztman

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    2 to 7 would be perfect . I really just wanted to play with this one its a great rifle. maybe just clean it up and maybe a reblue the finish is almost gone.
     
  10. codemanod

    codemanod New Member

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    DON'T DO IT!!! These are very collectable and some in very good shape are going in the upwards of $1200. If you do you will regret it down the road!
     
  11. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    If there no rust use a product like breakfree clp on it. Blueing does take way from the old patena of a old well used rifle.It does soak in the bear metal and will hold down and rust. If you find down the road you just have to have a short rifle you can buy something like rem model 7 or cut one down. Hey check out Boonie's Safari Sling. It is a very good way for a hunter to carry there rifle with no hands on but still have died on ready across your chest. Works well to when hands are needed for moveing brush out of the way while walking and draging a deer out.