Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JCooperfan1911, Jun 10, 2021.
1) The purists would pooh pooh them.
2) Others won't understand.
Timely thread that you started!
Similar to Colt regarding old Pythons, Savage recognized what old 99’s were selling for. I don’t blame them for going for it.
Do you have a source for this news? If true, this would be a revelation.
If they DO bring it back, I want a .223, .357, .30 carbine, and a .22 rimfire please and thank you......heck, Id buy one of each!
I’d like one in .308 or .30-06.
I had a .308. The recoil was brutal and ejection difficult thanks to the aforementioned receiver stretch. It didnt help that it was the clip-fed "C" model which has an even weaker frame than the rotary-mag guns.
.30-06 would require a much longer frame and bolt, along with a longer throw. It could be done, but I doubt they will make a long-action version.
I still have a rotary .243 which is smooth, comfy, and superbly accurate.
You know with today's CNC machining, they can saw out parts from bar stock, a process that was not cost effective to do on many parts even 20 years ago.
The Germans designed this pistol to be made from stampings
I have examined German made (or maybe it was Swiss) P220's and the slide was a sequence of stampings held together. I don't remember if the parts were welded or pinned. However my SiG, the slide is milled from bar stock.
That is one reason we are seeing all these 1873's, 1876's, 1892 lever actions, they can make them cost effectively. I wanted a Savage M99 in 308 Win, and I just assumed they would be in production forever. Well, they were not, and I missed my chance. Maybe that chance will come back, and with a better made action.
If they could build one with a real walnut stock with Schnabel forend, rotary mag with round counter in the window and color case hardening on the lever just like how a model 99 was built 40-50 years ago I would happily pay $1500 for one right this second. And please make it in 250 Savage. D&T for scope bases please. Or maybe a 7-08 but I would pay a premium for a 250 savage rifle.
I'm a pretty much a lever gun guy...usually with a Marlin 1894 or 336 in my hands for close-in stand hunting (100 yds or less), but love the Savage for use over at a friend's bean field cover that stretches out to a bit more than 200.
Son #2 has a "Brush Gun" Savage 99 in .358 Winchester that'll shake your fillings out with full house loads, off a bench rest but doesn't feel too bad when hunting. We've come up with a couple of cast bullet 200 gr flat nose loads that hover around 1700 fps that do nicely out to 125 yds and are a lot more comfortable to shoot. Those heavy lead alloy slugs are good deer medicine too...complete penetration from any angle, leaving a blood trail that's easy to trace.
Both of our guns have the unique "counters" (that little window giving magazine capacity) ... a nice touch and fitted with a stock with a length of pull and comb height that's just right for a low mounted scope or tang mounted peep. Darn shame they're mostly gone from the hunting woods nowadays. Young guys have missed out on a classy rifle, built for accuracy and ease of carry, a true throw-back to simpler and more satisfying times.
For toting through the local thickets, either of ours makes for an easy load with that rounded receiver bottom and good sights. Some would say not as comfortable as a Marlin or Winchester, but good nonetheless, and would do nicely for the one deer rifle hunter.
I doubt that they could be turned out for a grand, now, even with modern CNC machinery doing the work...and the walnut stocks would up the expense as well. Money well spent, however, in the opinion of this old coot who believes wholeheartedly in blued steel and walnut.
Here's a pic with my Marlin 'Texan' .30-30 above it.... Best regards, Rod
You're desire is well founded! I've got a 99F in .308, it's a fantastic rifle. I only shoot cast in mine, now, but it's been accurate with whatever I've put through it.
I've got a Williams on it, it works very well...
I've also got a pre-war 99B (I believe) Takedown in .30-30, with a straight stock... it's not nearly the rifle the .308 is. The shotgun beavertail forearm is clumsy compared to the thin forearm of the .308, and as much as I like straight levers, the real problem is the old-style slide safety on the lever... my fingers hit it and turn it on when I'm trying to shoot.
And 4 pine tree is Ruger. Ruger has their own issues to deal with on lever guns. Pine tree would be kinda dumb to take the business right now.
Other than the fact that mine dates from 1953, we have the same rifle, with the same scope, Classic through and through.
Is Ruger the majority production for PTC?
I still want an older 99 in 250 Savage, but those are quite dear. But a new 99 in say 6.5 or 6 CM might tempt me. A 35 Savage would be rather cool as well!
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