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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 04-18-2019, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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99 year old Model 99

Well, here it is fella's, that mod 99 I'm buying from my friend. Yesterday was the first day I laid eyes on it. I had just assumed it was a later model because he said it was his dad's. When he opened the case I almost crapped my pants because it was immediately apparent it was not a later model. To add to my excitement, I saw it was a takedown. I kept my composure and looked it over (although I really couldn't focus all that well) and promptly handed him half his asking price. I'll give him the balance when I get paid in 2 weeks. The scope is an El Paso weaver K6. He said he still has the box for the scope. The rear site had been removed for the scope but according to my buddy, its in the scope box. I took note of the serial number and looked it up when I got home. Turns out it was manufactured in 1920, 5 years after Savage introduced the .250! I kind of feel like I hit the lottery. Overall, it looks pretty darn good for a 99 year old rifle. No pitting or rust anywhere that I could see (but again, I had a hard time focusing) everything is tight and the action is smooth. Just two more weeks and I'll be sneaking it into the house and hiding it from the missus.
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Hitting the lottery doesnt quite cover it!

Congradulations on a unique find! Beautiful!
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Heaven has a gate, walls, and strict immigration policy.... enough said.
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I can't wait to shoot a deer with it!
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You are making me jealous. I really wish a ten pointer in your future! Good luck with it!

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Great find!

When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!
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I've been doing a little research on the 99. I've always liked them but didn't know too much about the history of them. I just found out 1920 was the first year they shortened the model from 1899 to 99. I've been trying to find the dates of manufacture for the take down models. I was told they quit making them in the 30's. Does anyone know for sure or have a link to a good online reference source?

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The "accurate" source was John Callahan but unfortunately he retired "lettering" 99s a few years ago and sent all his records to Savage Arms. Supposedly if you contact them they will research the records for your 99.
For example, I had Mr. Callahan letter my "B". ( Hopefully this shows up)



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Would my rifle have a letter designated with the "99" and if so were they by year of manufacture, caliber, style (take down, bbl length, etc)?

Edit: I found some info. It appears this is a 99G

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I have a similar gun. My Grandfather bought it used in the late 1920s. Itís also a .250.
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I have a similar gun. My Grandfather bought it used in the late 1920s. Itís also a .250.
This site will date it for you by serial number...

Savage 1895/1899/99 Dates of Manufacture

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