1. Bikerdoc's passing and how you can help

    As many of you know, bikerdoc- AKA Al Spiniello- is no longer with us. There are always extra expenses when someone passes. If you would like to contribute to support his family, please do so here: Bikerdoc GoFundMe page.

    (Note - this notice can be dismissed by clicking on the X in the upper right corner.)
    Dismiss Notice

Savage 99E--the undiscovered rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Cosmoline, Apr 12, 2004.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. ronnieevans40

    ronnieevans40 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2008
    Messages:
    37
    Location:
    Arizona
    My 99

    I have a 99 that was my Grandpa, Dad and now mine. It is in 300 savage and I have killed deer with it my whole life. Mine has a very good trigger and has never had issues other than it has been run through me and my brothers and has a few dings. Great gun,,,,,,,,,,,
     
  2. goon

    goon Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2003
    Messages:
    7,258
    99's are great rifles. It's a shame they've been out of production for so long.
     
  3. Vaarok

    Vaarok Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2006
    Messages:
    1,887
    Location:
    Varies
    Up here in the northeast they START in the upper $700 range and keep going, and going, and going...
     
  4. Pipe Burn

    Pipe Burn Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2008
    Messages:
    40
    Got two .300 Savage 99's from my father. One is the one I cut my teeth on a a teen, and the other my dad gave me a few years ago that he always used to hunt with (he has given up hunting now). Took a lot a deer and elk with both guns. One was a 99 made in 1950 and the other is a 99F from the 60's (feather weight edition). Both are tapped w/Vari X II 3X9 Leupolds on them.


    Here's web site to find date of manufactures up to 1950-
    www.savage99.com/savage99_dates.htm
     
  5. M'bogo

    M'bogo Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2006
    Messages:
    149
    Location:
    N.C.
    I always wanted a Savage 99 and a Remington 600 in .308Win. Last year just before my wife and I were wed she purchased me a 99-E in .308Win. Tell me I didn't pick a good one...:p

    I mounted an old but clear 2.75x Redfield on the little carbine and shot it a lot getting ready for the rifle season. On about the fourth trip out with it something in the scope broke and rattled around. I did not get a deer with it last season. This season it is wearing a Burris Timberline 4x and is shooting fine.

    M'bogo
     
  6. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2005
    Messages:
    6,491
    Location:
    North Central Ohio
    In my estimation, the "perfect" whitetail deer/black bear set-up is a Savage 99 chambered in .358 Winchester. Trouble is, last I heard not only are used 99s starting to fetch collector-like prices but the .358 caliber brings a premium.
     
  7. TnBigBore

    TnBigBore Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2005
    Messages:
    86
    Good new guys. Savage is reintroducing the 99 next year in three grades starting at $650. No word on the cartridges it will be chambered in, but they will have rotary magazines and walnut stocks. I got this from the Savage Collectors Forum on the 24hourcampfire. One of the members got a tour of the Savage plant from Roy Coburn and he told about the reintroduction.

    As for the 99, it is one of my favorite rifles. I have a 1956 99F in 300 Savage that is as close to the perfect deer/bear/hog rifle as anything I have ever seen. Balance and pointability are second to none and it is accurate to boot.
     
  8. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2002
    Messages:
    20,323
    Location:
    Deep in the Ozarks
    That is good news -- if they don't let quality slip, or introduce things like locks.
     
  9. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    23,646
    Location:
    Los Anchorage
    Great news! It's one of the greatest levergun designs of all time.
     
  10. Hutch

    Hutch Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2002
    Messages:
    1,675
    Location:
    Opelika, AL
    Late to the party, as usual, but I'll chime in. A 99E in .308 was my very first centerfire rifle. Traded it long ago...<stifles a sob>
     
  11. Loomis

    Loomis member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2008
    Messages:
    938
    "Great news! It's one of the greatest levergun designs of all time."

    Huh? Name one better.
     
  12. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    23,646
    Location:
    Los Anchorage
    I've heard some of Browning's design weren't half shabby ;-)
     
  13. Loomis

    Loomis member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2008
    Messages:
    938
    No, not shabby. Pretty darn good. But they don't surpass a 99savage. The 99 is THE pinacle of lever action design, imo.
     
  14. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    23,646
    Location:
    Los Anchorage
    I hesitate because I've never had the pleasure of owning a Win 86 or 95.
     
  15. Logan5

    Logan5 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2004
    Messages:
    1,155
    Location:
    CT
    Ah, I have all three, although my 1895 is the most recent version. The Savage 99 doesn't have the smoothest lever throw out of all lever action rifles in the known universe, but that's about the worst thing you can say about it. In 300 Savage, it's like a Visa card that's just for deer.

    ETA: I had no idea that they were so desirable; I saw one in better shape than mine this afternoon for under $600, in 300 savage with an old weaver tube on it. There's another in a more local shop, tucked back behind the Wilson Combat AR's, but I'll have to go check the tag now.
     
  16. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

    Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2007
    Messages:
    13,146
    Very interesting; thanks!
     
  17. Lobotomy Boy

    Lobotomy Boy Member

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2004
    Messages:
    2,449
    Savage has been building some top-notch guns lately so I don't expect the new Model 99 to be any different. I hope the go with the classic sleek lines, like my 1936 version, rather than the blockier frame of later versions.

    One thing you all should consider--this is a design that is 110 years old so you would be mistaken to expect modern performance from the rifle. My dad gave me my M99 when I started hunting in 1975. I shot my first deer with it soon after. I thought it was the best gun ever. Now when I take it out, I'm shocked at how fast the barrel heats up and starts whipping around. After five or six rounds the groupings go from 4 inches at 100 yards to 18 inches or more, and that's from a bench rest. It makes a Ruger Mini 14 look like a precision sniper rifle.

    When I shoot my Tikka T3 at that same range, my groupings start at less than .5 inches and when the barrel heats up they still remain under 1 inch. Cold-rolled steel is good. Free-floating barrels are good. Strong receivers are good.
     
  18. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    8,471
    Location:
    SE PA
    Please let it be so!

    I've owned two 99s in the past: a pre-War 99T in .30WCF and a 1958 99EG in .308. I'd like one in .250-3000.
     
  19. jkingrph

    jkingrph Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2005
    Messages:
    1,047
    Location:
    E. Texas
    I picked up a pretty little E or is it EG model about two years ago at a gun show. I do not know much about the models. This one had good metal finish and very nice wood which after a bit of cleaning and application of my oil wax mixture glows. It is in 300 Savage and came with an old Weaver K-4 with Lee dot reticule. I have fired less than one box of factory loads through it, but just finished up a batch of 168 gr Sierra Match Kings and plan on seeing what it can do this weekend. Got this little gem for $425 out the door.
     
  20. jkingrph

    jkingrph Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2005
    Messages:
    1,047
    Location:
    E. Texas
    I have all three, the 86 and 96 are both repros. The 86 is a 26" octagon bbl takedown and is very heavy. The 95 is in 405 Win and is not the easiest to load or carry. The Savage is probably the slickest action of all three. It would be hard for me to choose a favorite, I like the old classic rifles, even it some are modern reproductions in better metals.
     
  21. mr.trooper

    mr.trooper Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2005
    Messages:
    1,829
    Location:
    Midwest
    After WWII, the market was FLOODED with cheap Mauser's, Springfield's, Mosins, and Garands; all of which are capable deer rifles. The design of the Savage 99 prevented it from competing economically.

    That said, I want a 99. I keep hitting up the gun shows, but all i can find are 250 and 300 savage. :( I want one in 22-250 or 243.
    If savage starts up production again, I'll jump on one.
     
  22. T.R.

    T.R. Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2006
    Messages:
    1,757
    Location:
    Manatee County, Florida
    I've enjoyed many successful hunting adventures with my 99 Savage .308, too. I sent it to MAGNA-PORT awhile back and muzzle jump is now zero. Much nicer shooting but no extra muzzle blast.

    Good hunting to you.

    TR

    muley3.jpg
     
  23. PercyShelley

    PercyShelley Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2007
    Messages:
    1,075
    The Browning BLR strikes me as a sort of spiritual successor to the 99.
     
    41rem likes this.
  24. SDDL-UP

    SDDL-UP Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2007
    Messages:
    265
    Location:
    ID
    I also have a Savage model 99. It's a 250-3000 take down model - very cool!

    I love all the "Leverevolution" ammo and the 308 Marlin Express - gimme a break... the solution is the Savage model 99!
     
  25. smokemaker

    smokemaker Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2003
    Messages:
    511
    Location:
    Western NY...yes, The Peoples Republic of New York
    I have a 1907 1899 takedown in .303 Savage. It does get shot, but not
    much. It's a real grey rat, with no blueing left, or finish on the perchbelly stock. Action as slick as greased glass. (whatever that means) Shoots 190 grain cast bullets quite well for a century old gun. Ammo is tough to find, though. Pretty much a handloader thing, I guess.
    About a month after I bought mine, my Dad gets a 1950's 99F in .300 savage, in mint condition. What a shooter! And gorgeous too! I'm jealous!
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice