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osis32
08-06-2013, 10:14 PM
I see there are c models e models f models. whats the difference?I see some have 5 round mags instead for 4. any info is appreciated.

Sailormilan2
08-07-2013, 5:07 AM
IIRC, the "C" model has a detachable magazine which holds 4/5. The rest use a rotary that holds up to 6. Earlier made 99s have a brass rotor, later ones use aluminum. Some have a safety on the tang like some shotguns, others will have it underneath near the trigger.
I had a Savage 99C in 308 and it was very accurate. I also had a 99-358 (358 Win) that I wish I had never sold.
Savage 99s are good, accurate lever actions.

mark501w
08-07-2013, 7:25 AM
Lever gun you can use spitzer bullets in .

osis32
08-07-2013, 7:30 AM
Any preference as to which model? Any model i should avoid?

joemoia
08-07-2013, 7:36 AM
www.savage99.com

mark501w
08-07-2013, 8:05 AM
It's more a matter of what you like .I like the none detachable box guns . There's curved leaver guns straight lever guns my son's is a feather weight, nice looking gun. The takedown guns are very desirable. I like the later cartridges .250/3000 .243 .308.

osis32
08-07-2013, 8:23 AM
I'm interested in one in .308 myself. Just was curious if there's something i should know about.

mark501w
08-07-2013, 8:32 AM
Same thing as any gun bore functioning headspace.

osis32
08-07-2013, 9:12 AM
I have no idea how to check head space.

dfletcher
08-07-2013, 9:14 AM
I see there are c models e models f models. whats the difference?I see some have 5 round mags instead for 4. any info is appreciated.

I have an early 1950's made Savage 99 in 300 Savage and use a steel Weaver with post scope. I also have a tang sight mounted as back up. I think the 300 Savage is the most common calber and so far as power is just a touch below the 308 Winchester.

The flat receiver makes for a good carrying point when hunting and that's reflected in the wear pattern. Most of the ones I see have alot of bluing loss on the lower edge of the receiver, a good deal is usually gone on the sides. Makes it a bit of a challenge to find a nice looking 99.

The trigger pull is lousy, but easy to adjust - although once adjusted that's pretty much it absent buying and replacing a few parts. Can be done at home if one is inclined to and skilled.

The rotary magazine spring gets lazy over time, but can be adjusted. Difficult to explain but pretty easy to do. I read some online instructions and only kind of folowed them, but once into it it's kind of intuitive.

The 99 came in takedown version also.

Removing the buttstock is done by unscrewing the through bolt, you can see much of the gun's function with the stock removed.

mark501w
08-07-2013, 9:35 AM
.300 is. Good cartridge. If you find one & can shoot it look at the cases , you can tell what's happening with the headspace. Take it to a smith.

osis32
08-07-2013, 12:32 PM
I have no interest in anything but .308 due ammo commonality. Don't know if I'll have time to shoot it first either. Thanks guys for all your input

23's Dad
08-07-2013, 12:39 PM
www.savage99.com

Buy The Ninety-Nine shown there. I found a very clean 99 in 308 with a brass rotor about 5 years ago on GunsAmerica. There are good ones out there, just take your time...

I chose the brass rotored model because I liked the counter feature. Aluminum rotor rifles don't have the window that shows your rounds remaining. The mag fed rifles just seemed too close to a modern gun.

The rear locking mechanism is not as sturdy as a modern bolt, so don't try to shove a supercharged hand load into a 99. The action takes a lot more force operate than some other lever actions that I've used. You can't just flick the lever with the back of your knuckles (at least on mine). I usually drop my grip and swing the lever with my right thumb at the bottom of the loop. YMMV!

Start shopping for a Stith mount and scope now too.

Good Luck!

bksa
08-07-2013, 12:44 PM
I have a 99F in .308, the action is no worse than my winchester 94s. When I for it the action was rough but after I completed took it down and cleaned it out, it felt like a whole different rifle.

osis32
08-07-2013, 2:48 PM
Yeah I'm kinda feeling a time crunch too so I'm not really that picky right now either. Thanks for your info though it's much appreciated

Fjold
08-07-2013, 4:49 PM
The E models are economy models with cheap beech stocks and minimal extras, like the round counter, etc.

joefrank64k
08-07-2013, 4:58 PM
I've got a 99G (Takedown) in .303 Savage, serial # puts the mfg date in the 1930's IIRC.

Neat lever gun with a VERY loyal following. :)

hk91666
08-07-2013, 4:59 PM
The 99s that have 6 digit sn are c&r. Savage gave number 1, 000, 000 to nra museam in 1960. Most are 300, 303 savage, 30-30, and 250-3000 though not sure about 308. Handloading 300 to near 308 specs w 150gr amax bullet.
Love this gun.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using Tapatalk 2

osis32
08-07-2013, 6:19 PM
Ah so that's what the e model is. I noticed it isn't as nice looking.

Fjold
08-07-2013, 7:47 PM
Ah so that's what the e model is. I noticed it isn't as nice looking.

They're ugly as sin, I have one chambered in 243 Win.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v214/Fjold/Guns/DSC01065.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Fjold/media/Guns/DSC01065.jpg.html)

osis32
08-07-2013, 8:05 PM
I wouldnt call that ugly per se. just not pretty :)

mark501w
08-08-2013, 8:34 AM
Looks like a 99 to me.

mark501w
08-08-2013, 8:43 AM
They have a rotary mag,a window on the side that counts the cartridges a cocking indicator to tell you when it's loaded ,you can use spitzer bullets . The 1st commercial rifle to offer a cartridge @ 3000fps not bad for a 1899 design cool American lever gun.

Dr.Lou
08-08-2013, 9:12 AM
IIRC, the "C" model has a detachable magazine which holds 4/5. The rest use a rotary that holds up to 6. Earlier made 99s have a brass rotor, later ones use aluminum. Some have a safety on the tang like some shotguns, others will have it underneath near the trigger.
I had a Savage 99C in 308 and it was very accurate. I also had a 99-358 (358 Win) that I wish I had never sold.
Savage 99s are good, accurate lever actions.

I love the 358 Win and wish I had a 99 chambered for it!

mofugly13
08-08-2013, 12:06 PM
Here's my Grandpa with a nice Blacktail shot with a Savage 99.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/21554_1213122364288_8121013_n.jpg

osis32
08-08-2013, 1:26 PM
That's awesome. I just picked up a 99c with 4 shot detachable mag pretty stoked not gonna lie

dfletcher
08-08-2013, 2:13 PM
Here's my Grandpa with a nice Blacktail shot with a Savage 99.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/21554_1213122364288_8121013_n.jpg

What's interesting about this photo is that it was obviously taken a long time ago. I don't know cars so really can't guess. But looking at the Savage we can see that Grandpa (or someone else) added a recoil pad. I see alot of 99s with a recoil pad added and it's easy to do the "aw, bubba wrecked the gun" without considering these were working rifles and the pad was probably installed +50 years ago for a very practical reason.

osis32
08-08-2013, 5:18 PM
what you guys think about this?

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=357969543

Fjold
08-08-2013, 7:04 PM
$425 for a more modern C model is a good deal. That's got to be the ugliest scope mounting system ever though. The see through mounts let you use the iron sights but you have to hold your cheek off the stock to see through the scope.

Personally, I like all the pre-WWII Savages a lot better. I also like them chambered in the older, original Savage cartridges.

osis32
08-08-2013, 8:26 PM
I don't know much about them I've just always liked the looks of em. My dad had one that was stolen before i was born so i decided to treat myself before 2014. It's no more guns for me till i move out of state :-(

mofugly13
08-12-2013, 8:35 PM
What's interesting about this photo is that it was obviously taken a long time ago. I don't know cars so really can't guess. But looking at the Savage we can see that Grandpa (or someone else) added a recoil pad. I see alot of 99s with a recoil pad added and it's easy to do the "aw, bubba wrecked the gun" without considering these were working rifles and the pad was probably installed +50 years ago for a very practical reason.

Funny thing. I inherited a Savage 1899 from my grandpa, but it's not the same one he's shown with in the photo. I don't know if he borrowed that rifle or what. I didn't even realize this until I posted the photo here and took a real good look at it. The one I inherited has a straight grip and steel crescent buttplate (which is quite uncomfortable to shoot). It also has a schnable forend which is slimmer than the one in the photo and no forend cap. It also has a Lyman No 1 tang sight. It stays in the safe most of the time, but every few years I'll put a hundred rounds or so through it. The bore is in pretty good shape, and I only shoot cast lead through it to keep it that way.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/mofugly13/2012-06-09_09-29-13_609_zps94c40fd0.jpg

Fireguy
08-22-2013, 11:33 PM
When did they stop making the model 99?

lewdogg21
08-24-2013, 7:42 AM
They are nice guns. My father had a mess of them and sold 2 of them off. I have one in my sig if anyone is interested. It's .308. The stock is dark colored but some sanding and refinishing will do wonders. I redid an old single shot 20 gauge that nobody wanted to buy and it looked so good I won't sell it now. :)

A zone rifle opener my father and his best friend (since grade school) got out for some deer hunting together. His buddy shot a nice 3 pointer with a 99 in 308 that my Dad had recently sold him using some of Dad's handloads. My father shot 2 bucks that same day with a 257 weatherby. They are both in their early 60's so I was thrilled for them.

Fjold
08-24-2013, 8:04 AM
When did they stop making the model 99?

Savage stopped making them in 1998.