Savage 99 restoration project


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daveinvegas
July 13, 2010, 12:08 AM
I just acquired most of a Savage 99 take-down model (receiver, action, forend and cut-off stock; no butt plate or barrel; also missing screw that retains the carrier).

The metal is in good shape but no finish.

So, I have several problems:

First problem is how do I determine what the original caliber is (whatever that caliber is, it will stay that way)?

Once I determine caliber I can begin searching for a barrel.

In the meantime I can try to obtain a stock (the forend is in bad shape and should be replaced.

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Kentucky_Rifleman
July 13, 2010, 01:38 AM
Several of the Savage cartridges were had unique or semi-unique rims. By measuring the boltface, you may be able to determining the original chambering. You can at least narrow it down to 2 or 3 possibilities.

I've looked at Savage records before, and your best bet to learn more about your prize is to contact Savage directly. There are also some pretty thorough books written on the subject.

Dating the serial number on the receiver will also help narrow the range of calibers the rifle might have been fielded in.

As for finish, I'd suggest having the gun professionally re-blued. Savage might be willing to do it for you (for a fee, of course). This isn't a rarity, but a restoration project, so re-bluing the gun won't hurt a thing.

Numrich/GPC might have some factory barrels for the 99s; they used to.

Please keep us updated as you progress. I traded into my first 99 a month ago, and I absolutely love it! It's a 60s vintage .243, and it's easily the most accurate lever gun I've ever shot.

It will be a real pleasure watching you bring the fine old rifle back to life!

KR

daveinvegas
July 13, 2010, 01:46 AM
I have determined that it was made in 1920.

I will keep you posted on progress

Vikingsoftpaw
July 13, 2010, 05:45 AM
Most likely .250 Savage or.300 Savage....

A nice project gun though.

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