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re chamber a 99 savage

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by copsalot, Mar 15, 2016.

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  1. copsalot

    copsalot Member

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    I have model 99 take-down that was originally a 32-40. At some point in it's history it was re chambered to a 32 special. Is there a way to return this rifle to its former caliber by finding an original 32-40 barrel or does chamber work come into play. Thank you!
     
  2. Zeke/PA

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    Your best bet is to consult a really good Gunsmith.
    Be prepared to spend big bucks!
     
  3. PRD1

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    It is unlikely...

    that the re-chambering to .32WS can be reversed using the original barrel, because the new chamber is considerably 'fatter' in the body and shoulder than the straight-tapered .32-40.
    The problem is aggravated by the need to set-back the barrel far enough to permit re-chambering to the original caliber, while retaining enough of the enlarged breech area ahead of the takedown extension to shoulder firmly against the extension, and permit re-threading and machining the barrel shank and the interrupted-thread takedown shank.
    A new barrel would likely be required, and an original of the correct type and caliber is almost certainly not to be found in shooting condition.
    On the other hand, the rifling pitch and groove diameter should be correct for the .32WS, which is a better hunting round.
    If the rifle shoots accurately as-is, I'd leave it alone.

    PRD1 - mhb - Mike
     
  4. copsalot

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    re-chamber a 99 Savasge

    Thank you much, Mike and Zeke.....exactly the information I was looking for....not exactly what I wanted to hear, however (smile). Copsalot
     
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Late to the game, but wanted to add.

    The Savage spool mag follower is very specific to the cartridge it is chambered for.

    It is very likely the follower was modified or swapped out to feed bottle-neck .32 Special.

    And it wouldn't take kindly to going back to a 32-40 nearly straight case.

    It may have not been changed, but it would be very surprised if it wasn't.

    rc
     
  6. bainter1212

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    So.....is it chambered in .32 Remington Special or .32 Winchester Special? There is a difference.
    Wouldn't a 99 in .32 WS encounter rimlock when feeding?
     
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    Not out of the spool magazine they use.
    The rims never touch each other.

    Both the 32-40 Win. and .32 Special were rimmed cartridges.

    rc
     
  8. Scooter22

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    I'd leave it as is and enjoy it. If you try and make it back to the 32-40 your going to change the original barrel. So will it be worth more after restoring it or leaving as is? Besides the 32 WS is easier to find components for. Good luck. Hey post some pics.
     
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