What can you me about my Savage model 99F?


December 25, 2009, 08:23 PM
This my Grandpa's Savage Model 99F .308

My dad remembers it when he was growing up and this rifle has taken down a ton of Deer. I'm not sure of the vintage.. maybe the late 50's or early 60s?

It's lever action with a five round rotary internal magazine. has a brass counter on one side and a safety on the lever.

The stock was hand made by my grandfather. The serial number is 901420. The scope is the original Weaver K4 60.

I don't really hunt any longer, so it's just shot at the range from time to time but I do more with my AR and shotgun.

What would it be worth on the market? What can you tell me about it?



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December 25, 2009, 09:20 PM
That non original stock really kills it's value. You'd be lucky to get $400 for it.

December 25, 2009, 09:23 PM
First 'F' was made in 1954

December 25, 2009, 09:41 PM
Well, I'm not really looking to sell it.. and the stock my gramps made is far nicer than the one that came on the rifle.

Trying to find out a date of mfg and some info.

December 25, 2009, 09:42 PM
Arguably the best Savage made was a 99F in .308. The non factory stock is nice on your dad's. Go use it another life time.

lost river rat
December 25, 2009, 09:53 PM
Want to sell it??

If you write to Savage, they might give you some info on it.

The Savage 99 was a break through rifle. Only hammerless lever, rotary magazine, very strong, rear lug and so on. Only American lever to feed pointed bullet ammo. An american classic and very highly regarded. Go out west, and you find it is the only rifle really held to higher regard than the Winchesters. They were and are the thinking man's lever or the sportsman's rifle. Debubted in some legendary calibers such a the 300 Sav and 250/3000 Savage, and 22 High Power. They also came in take downs and even the .284 Win.

Market value has been headed north. A friend of mine just paid over a grand for a 308 with pitting. The wood is only a minor detraction on a .308. If is was a pre war 32 savage, 300, 250 and so on, then it would really detract from it. Since your grandfather made the stock, it should make it about priceless too you. He did an excellent job.

He must have been a thinking man or a true sportsman....

December 25, 2009, 10:17 PM
Lost River Rat,

Thanks for the info.. I considered selling it only because I don't hunt.. I just target shoot.. I have a few other firearms from him (including a 9-shot .22 revolver which was the first gun I had ever shot) that I do use and it seems like a waste for this to just be a safe queen. Plus I was looking at getting good bolt action rifle and my safe is pretty much overflowing as it is.

My Grandfather hunted a lot and this rifle has put quite a bit of food on the table over the years. He was also very very good at skeet and I have one of his better shotguns.

My guess is that by the pre million serial number that it's around 1959 or 1960 but I can't find a way to make sure. While the furniture isn't original the cheek rest sure makes it more comfortable to shoot.. as does the recoil pad.

December 25, 2009, 10:18 PM
"...hand made by my grandfather..." Very talented guy. He a smithy, a professional wood worker or a very talented amateur? Just curious.
Don't think I'd part with that rifle for any amount of money. Grandda's rifle aside. However, like H&Hhunter says, the stock will lessen its collector value. Collectors want original pieces.
"...Only American lever to feed pointed bullet ammo...." BLR is detachable box mag fed. Sort of American.
"...be lucky to get $400 for it..." From a collector, for sure, but I'd bet a knowledgeable hunter would snap it up for collector prices. Condition, esthetic value, etc. Sure is a pretty rifle.

December 25, 2009, 10:22 PM
Sunray, (why the heck doesn't this place have a quote button???)

Yea, he made jewlery.. furniture.. hell, even built his own house in Bullhead Arizona. I have some jewlery he made using Turquoise and other "western" style stone and a couple of the pistols I have from him have custom wood grips. I'm not sure what his gunsmith tallents were, but he was damn good with his hands. He was also an Army Ranger in WWII.

He use to pay me to reload his shotgun shells when I was a kit.

December 25, 2009, 10:23 PM
Is the Weaver scope something that came with the rifle when new? Seems like something I heard.

December 25, 2009, 11:04 PM
If that 99 was MY Grandfathers, with the history and custom work he did on it, you would have to kill me to get it away from me!!

Just sayin......

December 25, 2009, 11:23 PM
"...damn good with his hands..." That's putting it mildly. Artist, in multiple mediums. Building a house is easy in comparison. I'd bet his house is up there with that Frank Lloyd Wright fellow.
"...a quote button..." Nature of the software. I highlight, cut, paste and put in my own quotation marks. Lets me edit, well forces me to edit, late at night when the keys get closer together due to internal lubrication.
"...when I was a kit..." Think we need to explain what a 'kit' is? Use 'pup' myself. snicker.

December 25, 2009, 11:30 PM
Well the T key is sorta near the D key...

Uncle Mike
December 25, 2009, 11:36 PM
Trying to find out a date of mfg and some info.

Call Shawnde at Savage and ask her.

You have a 'real' rifle there, made back when companies were concerned with making the best rifle they could, back when companies took pride in their work, not simply slap something together and sell it, get as much for it as you can, like the companies nowadays.

Since your grandfather did such an outstanding job on the whittling, I would not even consider selling it!

December 26, 2009, 10:53 AM
If that 99 was MY Grandfathers, you would have to kill me to get it away from me!!

The above , Things like this I've never viewed as owned by anyone person , just held for the next generation .

Beautiful rifle by the way

December 26, 2009, 11:21 AM
That is a very nice rifle. Keep it and pass it along to YOUR grandchildren.

Vern Humphrey
December 26, 2009, 12:24 PM
Only American lever to feed pointed bullet ammo.
Except for the Browning BLR and Model 1895 and Model 88 Winchesters.

December 26, 2009, 01:09 PM
Around here it would not bring collector prices, but I know a lot of folks including myself would give 600 or better for a "shooter" in that condition! I don't currently have a 99 but if I saw one like that for sell here local I would scarf it up quick.

December 26, 2009, 01:53 PM
You are indeed fortunate to have a beautiful family heirloom such as that. I especially like the bold forend that your Grandfather made for it. I'm sure that he was an exceptional man and that you are justly proud of your heritage.


December 26, 2009, 06:12 PM
Well so much for me getting it for $400 :rolleyes:

December 26, 2009, 06:39 PM
That rifle is super nice if it was my Grandfather's and after his personal work on the stocks no way id sell it. Its definitely worth more in sentimental value at least from my point of view.

December 26, 2009, 07:26 PM
the scope is no longer made by weaver, but the k4 is a classic. proly 30 or 40 years old, he got it later than the rifle I am sure. but they are super clear , rock solid, and all steel made. Should say somewhere on it, El paso made; these are the ones you want. You can still get them fixed as well, for a flat rate, by one of the repair guys who bought the rights I think, for the repairs to the older elpaso made, or USA made Weavers.

December 26, 2009, 07:28 PM
... Oh yeah, that my friend, is one hella of a well made stock, just beqautiful , really. You could easily pull 600 or more for it, at a gunshow here in the houston area. Even removing the wood; the rest of it is in fabulous shape.

Boba Fett
December 26, 2009, 07:38 PM
Sunray, (why the heck doesn't this place have a quote button???)

There is something of a quote button in the bottom right corner of each post. If you click the "Quick reply to this message" button, then check the box in the options section that says "Quote message in reply", the quote will appear in your message as you see the above quote.

Additionally, you can copy and paste and click the "Wrap text in quote" button in your compose window...it looks like a comic strip speech balloon...right next to the icon of the mountain (the insert photo button).

Very nice rifle. If you do consider selling it, make sure you put it in The High Road's classifieds section first so I can have a crack at it too :D

December 27, 2009, 07:21 PM
Sagage 99's are guns I'm always trying to buy when I hear of them and I'm always a day late or a dollar short. That one you have there is a beauty and if you sell it put a premium price on it. 2 reasons, the sentimental value and the downright good looks and good condition the gun is in. Not to mention the good caliber.

December 27, 2009, 08:20 PM
Sagage 99's are guns I'm always trying to buy when I hear of them and I'm always a day late or a dollar short.

Shoot guys I had a very nice Savage 99 EG .308 in the classifieds here for almost a month without a single hit and the price was right too. Whats up with that!;)

December 27, 2009, 08:33 PM
Don't underestimate the value of that stock. If it "fits" you keep it. Having one made that "fits" can be very costly. I paid over $800 for one 25 yrs. ago. Had it made by a gentleman named RJ Anton in the middlewest. A true craftsman. He made me one for my over/under and I shot some serious trap with it for many years. Yours looks to be the equal of that one. Not too many guys you can do that kind of work anymore. You are fortunate indeed.
Best, Dave

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