Savage 99


June 24, 2013, 09:24 PM
Made the mistake of looking around the LGS today. They have a 99 built in 1917. 250-3000. Schnabel fore end. Flip up tang sight. Looks almost new.

Problem is, I don't have the $925. Might be a little high, but this thing is pristine.

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June 24, 2013, 09:48 PM
Beware of take-down models that old.

Most have excess headspace by now, and there is no repairing them economically.


June 24, 2013, 11:17 PM
I can not speak of head space issues, but the one I have hiding in the safe, the same age, is a wonderful rifle. I don't shoot if too often, but sure is fun when I do. The 99 is a great rifle, small and handy, and with the right caliber, a wonderful hunting rifle. First deer, 300 savage mod 99. :) Other then taking a few pop shots at a few coyotes, I haven't taken any game with the old 250-3000, but my father did take a cow elk with it once, not the best elk gun, but back then food on the table was #1 job.

June 24, 2013, 11:27 PM
You might heed rc's advise, he's usually spot on ! I have a '99 in the .300 and .250 calibers, both were my Pop's rifles. The .300 is still a strong shooter, has gotten older, but still puts 'em in the 10 ring. The .250 is a super shooter, especially with 87 gr. bullets, a pleasure to shoot.

You might check and see if they'll budge on the price, might be a bit high, just don't get stung on the buy, good luck.

June 24, 2013, 11:49 PM
Since I am not a collector I would pass on that rifle.

The 250's then had 1-14" twists, too slow for heavy bullets, the rifle is not drilled and tapped for a scope, has that old lever safety and the cartridge is a little big for chucks and too small for game.

I like the newer 99's in bigger calibers.

June 25, 2013, 12:01 AM
Little high in price. You can adjust the head space on a TD IF everything is still right, but usually isn't in a 100 year old gun.The .250 is a wonderful caliber but today is difficult to find ammo. I is easy to expand the neck on .22-250 in a sizing die.

June 25, 2013, 06:28 AM
I have a really nice one in .300 Savage I got about a year ago. This one just seemed like a nice addition. Really don't have a use for it, so unless I fall into some extra money it's not gonna happen. Just unusual to see a hundred year old hunting rifle rifle in probably 90-95% condition. Hasn't been re-blued or refinished.

Sky Dog
June 25, 2013, 06:37 AM
I have one made in the 40's chambered in a .358 Winchester. Amazingly smooth action. This thing kicks like a mule. I didn't realize a .358 had
so much stomp to it.

June 25, 2013, 07:07 AM
Redneck...if you end up passing on it can you tell me the location. Might be close enough for me to go look at...if not no big deal...

I really like the old 99's and 1899's..I have a few handed down.

Sav .250
June 25, 2013, 08:08 AM
Great cal. When it comes to the "99" it`s almost a sellers market.

The supply is what it is. More folks buying them up to use or collect.

Hard to find in a lot of sections of the country.

You pass due to a money shortage but you can bet someone else will jump on it!

Way before their time in function and design.

June 25, 2013, 09:28 AM

8-22-2004 I saw a 1917 or 1918 Sav 99 250-3000 take down for $200 on a gun show table. I offered $175 and got it.
Under the barrel I found a very thin metal shim someone had added to get the barrel to lock up tight.

I got a Shilen 6mmPPC 21", 5 pound, 14" twist take off barrel from Ebay for $75 + $12 shipping.

I cut Sav 99 threads and Sav 99 breech releif cuts. I cut a 6mmBR chamber.

I made some wedges so I could fixture the tapered receiver to drill and tap for scope mounts.

11-30-2007 I went to the range and shot 75 gr Vmax bullets that would group at 50 yards but keyholed at 100 yards.
2-15-2008 I returned to the range with 65 gr Vmax and it would group at 100y.

I think I now own (5) Sav 99s:
.308 been in the family since 1965
303 Sav 1907 $78 and came with an old box of ammo 2001
250-3000 take down 1918 $175 2004
30-30 1903 $560 2007
.308 99C $350 2008

June 25, 2013, 02:17 PM
If it's in the condition that you describe it's probably worth it...or close to it...

June 26, 2013, 07:12 AM
Forgot to say, it's got a deer head in gold inlay on the bottom of the receiver. Don't know if that is factory or not. If it was not, it is still done well. And I don't typically like guns that have been messed with like that.

Silent Sam
June 27, 2013, 03:05 PM
Probably factory. There were many options available in an age of hand-fitting.

July 1, 2013, 07:49 PM
I went back to look at it today. Checked to see if the stock had any cracks around the wrist area. It's perfect. Blue is even better than I remembered. Lockup of the fore end is very tight. Hand cut checkering is perfect.

Downside is that it isn't drilled and tapped for a scope. Probably shouldn't do that to a hundred year old rifle in 95%+ condition, but that's the only way I could hunt with it. I buy guns to use, not sit in the safe. Love to take it pronghorn hunting. Still, I don't want to devalue a nice collector gun.

Dealer said he'd take $800. Looking better by the minute. Dunno.

July 1, 2013, 08:23 PM
I've always thought it was one of the cleanest, prettiest rifles ever made. I've coveted one for years, but I want a .243 or .308, which I never see for sale. For that condition, 925 sounds pretty fair (though too rich for my blood).

July 2, 2013, 09:38 PM
Local gun show had 4 of them under $600 bucks, this past weekend, my buddy picked up a Model 99-C in 308 for $495,
it has a top tang safety and a detachable magazine, the rear sling swivel hole is stripped out (no swivel),
so he will fill it with an oak dowel and put on a new old style swivel.
Also saw a Savage 1899 in 32 Special, with a cresent butt-stock and straight grip for $395 (rough bore),
but was in pretty good shape otherwise.

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