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A Couple of Old Lever Action Rifles

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Kleanbore, Nov 3, 2019.

  1. Kleanbore

    Kleanbore Moderator Staff Member

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    Member D. B. Cooper started a threat in General about what firearm to put over a fireplace in Alaska. One of my suggestions was a Model 1899 Savage, which would fit the time frame for Alaska Gold Rush.

    I later remembered that the Mad Trapper of Rat River used a Savage 99 in his crime spree in Western Canada. I read about him in a paperback I bought in the Canadian Rockies three decades ago.

    I always wanted a Savage 99--a good one, solid frame, with the brass rotary follower, in ..250-3000 But time passed, and the opportunity ceased.

    A friend once told me that William Boyd ("Hoppy") hunted with a Savage 99 in ..250-3000.

    A late boss of mine told me that when he was in collage in Pennsylvania, he paid his fraternity room and board bills by poaching deer.

    He started out using a Savage Model 99 Takedown in .22 Savage Hi-Power. He said it worked for him. Some of us joked that if anyone took one to the range, we would take along a folding rule to measure the groups.

    Bert (the boss) later took advantage of an opportunity to trade the Savage for a Model 95 Winchester in .30-'06. Much more effective, said he.

    Age and deterioration have put my rifle days behind me.

    The one I like the most that is in current production is the high-grade Winchester '73.
     
  2. 200Apples
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    I appreciate and enjoy reading these rifle musings from one who is more experienced than myself.

    Thank you.
     
  3. PapaG

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    Charles Bronson had one in that movie where Lee Marvin was chasing him all over the north. I've had a couple and found them to be strong, accurate, and retro cool.
     
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