Savage 99M 308


May 3, 2012, 09:27 PM
$650 def used but serviceable: not a beauty prize winner but looks like it will throw lead down range.
1. Reasonable price for something you're not worried about scratching?
2. Reasonably accurate as a gun in general?
3. Lever wasn't perfect...can a person whose never taken a gun apart do anything to clean/tune it up?
To be honest I wouldn't mind starting on a project gun, but $650 seems steep for my pockets...

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May 3, 2012, 09:37 PM

Found these two (link above) for comparison, one was $545 and the other was $799. I guess it might be worth what you are willing to pay for it. It has a mechanical issue... make a reasonable offer.

May 4, 2012, 07:33 AM
Savage 99s are very hard to take apart. Maybe not such a good project gun?

May 4, 2012, 07:48 AM
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# 10181 - Savage "99M" Marking
John, Greenfield, MO
Savage - 99m - 308 - 21'' - Blue - 108xxxx -
none, Has Leopold Scope with scope mount adjustments, no internal adjustments for scope Would like to know: How many were made of this model? What the ''M'' means? Poss. Current value?

John, "99M" markings can be found on Savage Model 99F, 99PE, and 99DE rifles. The "99M" is not a model designation, it was used to indicate that the rifle came equipped with a Monte Carlo stock.

The value of your rifle will depend on which model it is and condition.

Model 99PE rifles were elaborately engraved, had, fancy wood with hand cut checkering and a plated receiver, tang, and lever. 99PE values range from about $200 to over $1300
Model 99DE rifles, were similar to the Model 99PE, except they had less engraving and pressed rather than checkering. 99DE values range from about $200 to a little over $900
Model 99F rifles were more plain, they had a solid frame with no engraving and a checkered pistol grip stock. 99F values range from about $200 to a little over $350.

May 4, 2012, 07:59 AM
I like the Savage 99 very much myself, and they are getting harder to come by all the time. $650 is a bit high for my wallet, but then I haven't seen the rifle you're looking at.

If you are looking just for a rifle you don't mind taking to the field, then you are probably better off getting a new package gun from Savage or Marlin or Remington. Synthetic stocks, price tags ranging close to the $400 mark, and modern simple designs that make for a reasonably accurate rifle out of the box with no real work involved.

If you have never worked on machinery before (sewing machines, auto engines, similar stuff) then a Savage 99 might be a challenge for you to work on, but then the best things come from overcoming challenges. If you are careful and patient, then I don't see why you couldn't restore the 99 to a functional beauty.

You should probably start your research here (, and then decide if this is something that works for your situation.

May 4, 2012, 09:52 AM
Based on above this is the 99F.
Also based on the above, I'll let this one pass. A 99 is something I'd like to have, but I also passed a sweet 16 A5 recently because it looked like it had been used to beat something.

Thanks guys...

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