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Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Bucks County, PA
Re: Savage 99e question
Savage got rid of the counter as a cost saving measure. They also moved the safety from the lever to behind the bolt for thumb use. The last major change was when they went to a box magazine and got rid of the spring loaded mannlicher style rotor/spool in the magazine. This spool is what was numbered so you could read how many shells were in the gun from the side of the receiver. The earlier version 1899's had a cocking indicator on top of the bolt that raise up when the gun was cocked. A nice feture of the earlier versions (pre thumb safety) is that you could un-cock the gun by pulling the trigger while closing the lever.
The earliest version, the 1895, also had a round hole on top of the bolt with an F for fire or an S for safe engraved inside so you could see if it was cocked.
Your gun is a post mil E, pre detachable magazine, with pressed checkering. This model has virtually no collector value unless it is new in box with the hang tags. Most collectors might want one just to fill in all the holes in there collection. I do not mean to disparage it though by any means, they are great shooters and usually very accurate. Enjoy it and take care of it from now on and it should give you a lifetime of service in the woods.