A Couple of Old Lever Action Rifles

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

  1. Kleanbore

    Kleanbore Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2008
    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
    • Contributing Member

    200Apples Member

    Jul 6, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I appreciate and enjoy reading these rifle musings from one who is more experienced than myself.

    Thank you.
  3. PapaG

    PapaG Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    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.
    Shanghai McCoy likes this.
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