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Savage 99

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by redneck2, Jun 24, 2013.

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  1. redneck2

    redneck2 Member

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    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.
     
  2. rcmodel

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    Beware of take-down models that old.

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

    rc
     
  3. dbro822

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    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.
     
  4. 788Ham

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    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.
     
  5. Savage99

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  7. redneck2

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    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.
     
  8. Sky Dog

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    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.
     
  9. dab102999

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    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.
     
  10. Sav .250

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    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.
     
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    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
     
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  12. Bushpilot

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    If it's in the condition that you describe it's probably worth it...or close to it...
     
  13. redneck2

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    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.
     
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    Probably factory. There were many options available in an age of hand-fitting.
     
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    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.
     
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    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).
     
  17. tahoe2

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    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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