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Why is a Savage 99EG worth so much more than a 99E?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Lobotomy Boy, Oct 30, 2008.

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  1. Lobotomy Boy

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    I'm not complaining--mine is a early .300-Savage EG model (built in late 1936-early 1937, according to the serial number calculator at Savage Shooters). I'd never sell it, but I was killing time and decided to see what they were going for and I noticed that the EG models were selling for around twice what E models were going for. Anyone know why that is? Other than lower production numbers, I don't see much functional difference between the two.
     
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    All EG's were made before the 1 million mark,E's were made after, and the quality just wasn't there. Sort of like the pre 64 winchester 94 and 70.
     
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    I may be wrong, but I always thought the E versions were the Economy version. Sort of like the 870 Express vs the Wingmaster. If I am wrong I'm sure someone will correct me.
     
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    E == economy. The E models don't have a brass rotor in the magwell, their stocks were not walnut, and so forth.
     
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    I wonder where a 1958 "F" model fits in the value scheme?
     
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    The F models are the featherweights with a light taper barrel. They are more valuable than the E models, but are supposed to be not as nicely appointed as the EGs.

    I have a bunch of Fs and Es but no EG, so I am working from other people's descriptions of the EGs for my comparisons.
     
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    ...and then there is just the 1899...no E's or F's or EG's, not even a 99

    My ratty but good shooting 1899 .303 made in 1912. I deer hunt with it some, that's why the newer Williams receiver sight.
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  8. Clyde from Carolina

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    Looks good to me and I'm sure it has accounted for its fair share of game.
     
  9. Lobotomy Boy

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    You guys are correct about the later "E" models, but there was an earlier E made between 1920 and 1936. It was the base gun, a non-takedown model. I think it had the brass counter. It was the most common version during that period. They dropped it from the linup after they introduced the EG. When it was reintroduced after the war it became the Economy model and was cheapened up quite a bit.
     
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    I own a 1936 99E in 30-30 Winchester. Solid frame 20" barrel carbine, beautiful, solid, dense grain walnut, round barrel, steel butt plate, rotary magazine and a beautiful shooter.
     
  11. Lobotomy Boy

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    As near as I can tell, the 1936-1942 EG was virtually identical to the earlier E, which is why I can't understand the price disparity between the two. Both were very nice guns, much nicer than the post-war E models. The only difference between the 1920-1936 E and the 1936-1942 EG that I can find is that the E was made in much higher volume, especially prior to the Great Depression.

    Not that it matters. My dad gave me my model 99 when I started hunting 33 years ago, after he'd upgraded to a Remington 740 that turned out to be a total POS. He'd bought it used in the 1950s and I shot my first deer with that gun. I plan to will it to my nephew and hope it stays in our family forever.
     
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    What year did Savage stop making the 99s?
     
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    Here you go....http://www.savage99.com/

    Looks like the 'E' has the straight grip and the 'EG' has a pistol grip. Also, the barrel differences are lightweight/featherweight for the 'E' and medium for the 'EG'.

    The link is a great one for all owners of the great '99!!!:D:D:D

    I have one of the last ones made and I believe I got it around the end of the 80's. It is a 308 with detatchable magazine.
     
  14. TnBigBore

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    The early E models are worth more than the EG in similar condition. There is no comparsion between the early E rifles and the late ones. From what I can tell, there were more 99EG rifles made by Savage than any other configuration of the 99. They are quite common especially in 300 Savage. From the examples I have owned, the EGs are no fancier or more nicely finished that the Fs. The F tend to bring about $100 more than the EGs in similar condition. Botton line is that all the premil rifles were very well made. The post mil rifles were still pretty good as well.
     
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    To those of us that don't know the secret code, does that mean pre and post WWII?
     
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