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If Savage starting making the 99 would you buy it?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by phantomak47, Aug 11, 2007.

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  1. phantomak47

    phantomak47 Member

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    A few years ago when I got into deer hunting, I decided that I liked it enough that I wanted to buy a dedicated hunting rifle (also I was sick of borrowing rifles). Our long time mechanic had amassed a rather large and interesting gun collection over the years so I let him know that I was in the market for a deer rifle. He ended up calling me telling me to come over to his shop one Saturday morning as he had brought some rifles from his home for my inspection. Laying on an old table that had seen its share of oil and car parts, were an old winchester 3030 and a savage 99. He told me that both rifles had severed him well over the years and that I could have my pick of either. After close inspection, for some unknown reason I was drawn to the old Savage 99 in .300 savage (although the winchester was nice), so I paid him a measly $300 which was much more than fair. He went on to tell me that it was his fathers hunting rifle and also the last one he bought in the early 1950s (he himself was about 60 years old and had hunting in the northeast his whole life), so I should take good care of it. The next few years I was able to buy some of his collection and about four years ago he passed on , so I was lucky to have been able to find some guns with some character and soul.

    My savage 99 has served me well, as I have taken a deer in Alabama and South Texas in the last few years. I have often thought about getting some hunting rifles, but I am still drawn to my old Savage 99, its almost like its got a personality to it. In many different deer camps that I have hunted, I am asked either two questions, the typical question is, "What kind of hunting rifle is that, I have never seen one before" which is usually from some guy with the newest magnum bolt rifle who doesn't know much about lever guns. Or I get the old timer who remembers seeing a lot of 99s way back when.


    Before its demise, there was a lot of talk about introducing the savage 99 in 30'06, but that never happened. If the Savage 99 was built again would you buy one and what calibers would you like to see it in?
     
  2. rbernie
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    I have a couple/three of 'em left hanging around here somewhere (mostly in 308), and I like 'em OK. However, I'd not put the money into a new one unless they came up with a bombproof extractor design.

    A Savage 99 in 358 would be a terrific thing; very few were made and yet that chambering suits the role of the levergun well. A 260 variant with a 24" barrel would be nice, for a good all-around whitetail rifle with legs to spare. :)
     
  3. seeker_two

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    Yep....in .308/.243/.260 and .223/6.8SPC action lengths & calibers.... :cool:

    Put that .308 MarlinHornadayLeverloutionMoneymakerExpress monstrosity to rest.... :rolleyes:
     
  4. Savage92

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    I would, the 99 is a great gun that i think savage should reintroduce.
     
  5. db_tanker

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    You would see that little cartoon dust-devil and piece of scrap paper twisting about where I WAS standing when they announced the sale of those rifles.


    I could only hope though that they would introduce them in the "proper" calibers...


    300 Savage
    250 Savage

    AFTER those two, then they could go and chamber the rest. :D

    I would grab a 250 in a heartbeat...it would make a dandy white-tail rifle down here in the pines of SE Texas.

    D
     
  6. Nameless_Hobo

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    I'd buy one in .308. Stupid idea to stop making them.
     
  7. Dave Markowitz

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    I'd like one in .250-3000 with a rotary mag.
     
  8. tkendrick

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    I have a featherweight .300 built in the late 40's. Great little rifle for hunting, but the barrel heats up and accuracy really drops off after about the third shot, so it doesn't work well for extended sessions at the range.

    I have always wanted one of the take-down models that they made in .22 HP and .410 shotshell.

    Another fine old gun that fell victim to poor sales, probably due to poor marketing. You almost never saw them being advertised in in any venue.

    I always thought it strange, too, that the decision to stop making them came out just a couple of years shy of the 100th anniversary. I think if I had been at Savage at the time, I would have held out long enough to come out with a Centennial model.
     
  9. DorGunR

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    I love the Savage 99 and I have three of 'em.
    .303 Savage
    .300 Savage
    .243 Winchester
     
  10. Father Knows Best

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    I love the Savage 99, but I don't necessarily think they should start making them again. There are a lot of them out there in the used market in very good condition and for very good prices.
     
  11. rangerruck

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    I'd like to see it again, in 243, and the 250-3000 , these were the two rarest cals, that they made.i aslo would dig a 22 hornet, and a 6.5 swede or grendel.
     
  12. gezzer

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    No I would not. It would be a redesigned and not to the quality of the old manufacture,

    I own over 30 pre war 1899's in various calibers

    Spend the money for a real 1899!!!
     
  13. Ndenway

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    I'm very pleased with my 308win 99, it's got approx 80% finish and decent grained blond wood, the triggers a bit touchy, but I got used to it pdq,

    the dude at the pawn shop just didn't know what he had, when I asked for a cash price, he said the best he could do was $115,

    all said and done I walked out smiling with the rifle for just a tad less that $125,

    I've taken a couple of deer and several hogs with it without any problems.


    ETA: I'd buy a new one if they started making them again.

    I'd like my new one to have a med/heavy contour to the 22" 308w chambered barrel, 3.5lb trigger pull, graduated receiver mounted peep sights, rotory mag, no checkering on the dark walnut stocks and a blk parked finish;


    now for the wish list:

    they'd be offered in field grade with three barrel lengths,18",20" and 22", barrel contours would be light, sporter and med heavy, with the occasional run/special order for 16" and 24" barrels,

    oh they'd be chambered in either 223r, 22-250, 6mm rem, 243w, 250sav,6.5 grendel, 260r, 6.8spc, 7-08r, 7.62x39, 308w,338fed and 358w.
     
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    I would love to have a Savage 99 in 308 and/or 30-06. I also think it would be interesting in 223, 7.62x39 and 3030.
     
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    250-3000 would definitely pique my interest . . .
     
  16. R.W.Dale

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    I would buy myself another REM 7600 long before I bought another savage 99
     
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    I'd jump all over it, especially in .308 or (perhaps even more so) in .260 Remington. But the old Savage chamberings were good, too.
     
  18. Clipper

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    It's also one of the strongest actions made. 'Small Arms of the World' reported that when properly scaled up, it was found to be sufficiently strong for chambering calibers as powerful as .50BMG...
     
  19. DorGunR

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    Sir I am in awe........I would love to own 30 Savage 99's. BTW the one that I own chambered for .303 Savage was made in 1910. :)
     
  20. JonB

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    Got one in .243
     
  21. jkingrph

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    Yes, If they would make it with the rotary magazine, and same stock form as earlier models( before pressed checkering). A takedown model and in the classic calibers would be nice.
     
  22. Joe Demko

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    Got 2. One in .300 Savage and one in .308. The .300 is older, has the rotary magazine, and nicer wood. In fact, it is generally superior to the .308. Quality was falling off on the 99 toward the end of production.
     
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    That is the worst answer I have ever seen to the appropriate cautious inquiry "So, why are you selling this gun?"

    :)

    timothy
     
  24. Gordon

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    "Quality was falling off on the 99 toward the end of production."

    understatement of the year and why a new one prolly wouldn't fly. Maybe Norinco could pull it off though!
     
  25. ranger335v

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    I would love to have a new 99 IF it had the rotary mag, a nicer stock with diminisons for scope use and chambered any medium power deer cartridge such as .243, 250 S, .260, 7-08, 300 S, .308 but question how well it would sale to today's stainless, plastic and magnum market.

    As many manufactors have learned, it's hard to underestimate the public's willingness to buy junky but new stuff if it's hyped in enough slick advertising. That would leave a modern, well made 99 with stiff market prospects - how many newbies would get excited over a 110 year old design chambered with modest cartridges, even tho it would serve their needs far better than the latest short mag, "long range" rifle with a cool tupper-ware black stock, etc.?
     
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