Savage Model 99 – The Best Lever Action Rifle
Savage Model 99 – The Best Lever Action Rifle
Our interest today is in the Savage Model 99, a unique rifle that is missed dearly but will probably not make a comeback in the near future. What makes this gun so unique is that it is a lever action rifle with a rotary magazine. Yes, it really exists, and it was well liked by whitetail hunters.
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It was in the early years of the last century that the whitetail population saw a steady increase in numbers. It was no surprise that deer hunting followed the same trend. In these days, it was the lever action rifle that ruled that sport. One of the most popular among these came from Winchester, the Model 94. Typically, it was used in .30-30. While most hunters chose this rifle, the real guys, the ones who actually knew what they were doing, would rather pick the Savage Model 99.
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I found a 300 savage at a pawn shop. It was in really bad shape. I bought it for 300.00 bucks, cleaned it, reblued it and sanded out the scratches using boiled linseed oil and 400 grit sand paperwhich gave it a supper smooth soft finish. I place a vortex scope on it and it shot nicely for about 3 shots. When the barrel heated up the tragectory of the round dropped about 6 inches. I figured the barrell needed to be re rifled. Anyway I sold it to another pawn shop for about 800.00 dollars and made my money back.
I believe this is the gun my grandfather left me when he passed, in .250 Savage. Sadly, my family lost all of his other firearms. This has become a treasured heirloom. Thanks for the video.
I love this gun and mine is a 243 I deer hunt every year with it
My first Whitetail was taken with my Grandfather’s Model 99 chambered in .300 Savage, I love the model and now 35 years later still use a Model 99 in .300 Savage as my go-to Whitetail riffle.
I have a number of 99’s. 303 Savage, 300 Savage, 250 Savage also known as the 250-3000, 22 Hipower, 243, and 308. Would love to have a 284 and a 358 in the 99
Can you still get these fairly reasonable ?
I. Often….wonder. why. Savage. Did.nt…..produce. the. Model…110 bolt. With. The. Same rotary magazine.. because. It’s. Is. So. Smooth. And. Quiet..the. Model. 99. Started. The. Company….and. the. 110. Saved. The. . Company. …. 100. Yrs. Later. … Thank you. Have. A. Nice. Day…….
What about my Winchester model 88 243cal?
I’ve had two of those guns
I have a 99 in ,308. Love it.
No point in hoping for a Savage model 99 to come back again. Because there are 2 lever-actions with a detachable magazines still made today:
~Henry Long Ranger in 308 Win.
~Browning BLR (’81 takedown stainless steel, is my favorite model) in various calibers, even magnums.
Also in 308 and it was great to.
That rifle is like pointing a finger.. Model 99e .308. Whitetail killing machine.
Are you kidding me!..take this video down!..dont tell everyone…
Hunted with my 99 one time and one time only. I took a wall hanger 10pt that morning. Now she is a safe queen.
Isn’t that the same gun the Jihadi nut used to storm Parliament hill? The gun bans are ridiculous
Savage MADE A BIG MISTAKE IN DISCONTINUING THE 99 – A lot of people Don’t want an Auto-Loading Rifle – ( Easy to waste Ammo )- If Savage would bring back the 99, THEY WOULD SELL! ( As long as the Quality was There ) – Ide like a .243 …………
My Dad traded a german luger for a model 99 250-3000 my newphew now owens it i used the gun on my first deer hunt
Through the years I have bought and inherited many model 99’s. To my mind it is still one of the finest level actions ever produced. Far superior in every way to Marlins and Winchesters. I have them in every caliber produced, with and without the round counter, in brass and steel frame. They are the only lever rifle I will never sell.
Was the model 99 produced in 1899 or 1915 the original was in 1899 chambered in 303 savage, savages version of the 30-30 and remington had the original 30
Used one in Mexico, loaned to by a friend in 308, I shot several Coues bucks with it, he use to tell me, rough up the tip of the front sight in the morning so you can see it better! Some deer fell at very long distances! Wish I had one of my own 😕
Seriously, I wouldn’t care about the cost. Black walnut, Schnabel fore stock, checkering, .243 or .257 Roberts, sling, scope, case…. I’d pay 2k easy. Or more. Bring it out for one year and it would sell out in 5 minutes. They can own the deep woods deer/black bear market.
I lost a good friend over a model 99 in 30 30 last 10 inches of the barrel interior was coated with lead brand new once removed , we went back and forth over that rifle I gave in . fantastic shooter I will miss that rifle LOL
I could have bought two of these back in 1990 for under $200 a piece or 300 savage in a 308 I could kick myself
I agree the Savage 99 is the best lever action. I think the best cartridge for it was the 358 Winchester.
My wife’s Dad left his Model 99 to her. She told me "He hunted elk with a .22." I said I don’t think so – she happened to have one of the rounds on her and I was Damn, that is NOT a 22. It looked more like a .556 to me. It was the venerable 250-3000.
In 1987 I borrowed my grandfather’s model 99 .250-3000 and took my first Michigan whitetail. One shot right through the heart. Grandpa passed away a few years later. I still have that model 99.
Why would SAVAGE NOT REINTRODUCE THE MODEL 99 ??? I would certainly buy one.
I love my 111 in 338wm. Sub moa at 100 yards through a 18" barrel!!
I bought my first mod 99 in 300 sav for my wife for our first Christmas. Her dad’s go to rifle, his was chambered in 308. The 99 handles like a dream. We got it when he passed. Handloads with bullet technology of today, its all the gun you need …
I can’t be the first person who has said, "you sound exactly like Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs".
Got one of these in 30-30 Winchester…and it’s been taking deer for 3 generations now, I see no reason why it won’t still be doing so for at least one or two more generations
After my dad got out of the service he bought one. He got it in a .308 win many deer and elk fell to this rifle. He served in the Korean War. I love you and miss you Dad….
Can anybody find 300 savage?
I love my savage 308 !also my 240and 270 !
My grandads , dads , now my 300 .sav. has never been drilled . Pa put the original peep on his 35 remington wich my brother got I have a peep on it but itz not the original pop up Lyman.
I’m a model 94 nut but this has me thinking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The 300 still remains one of my most favorite guns. It just does what it’s supposed to and it’s very balanced.
My father gave me one in 243 cal before I went into the service, l became a great shot with it .I became the 3rd best shot in my battalion because of all the shooting . It was a gift for my 16th birthday. 👍
Wonder how it would work perform on Russian 🇷🇺 Troops?
I don’t think so I think the Winchester model 88 is more superior rifle
I absolutely love my 1950s era M 99 in 300 Sav, 24" bl. Scoped, this is my go to hunting rifle even though for some misguided reason I bought a Win FW in 7mm08. The Winchester is the backup as the M 99 just is the better choice for me imho. Why the 1 in 12" twist though? Had one, since sold off, in 250 Sav. Again why the 1 in 14" twist rate? I’d shell out whatever it cost to acquire a M 99 in .358 Win or a new 250 Sav with a proper twist rate so it could handle the heavier longer bullets available, 117 gr, for this caliber. I do own a Sav M 45 ‘Supersporter’ (1930S era) in 250 Sav that must of had a custom barrel at some point as it has a 1 in 8" twist. I use a cast lead 128 gr bullet handloaded in this bolt action rifle but would exchange it for a M 99 with the correct specs any day. Pack one afield, so ergonomically pleasing, and bag that one shot deer an you would understand why these rifles go together with big game hunting like a coffee is to morning.
No where as good as the Winchester Model 88. I have one in the gun cabinet that my father used to kill at least 55 bucks with. 99% were one-shot kills as well. The rifle is as accurate today as it was when he bought it in 1957, too.
I have taken a few deer with my model 99 in .308
I own a 99 in 300 savage and it needs a little work. Does anyone know where I can find someone who can work on them?
I’ll bet Ruger could make it at a reasonable cost, especially with there investment casting techniques.
They sure have with Marlin a fine rifle, Remington almost ruined the Marlin name.
I only own one model 99 in 300 Savage and it’s in beautiful condition made in 1950, and I wish the Model 99 Savage would make a return to the hunting world.
To me, even though I love my vintage Model 94, the Savage 99 is the most perfectly balanced, quickest to the shoulder, the most natural pointer, of any rifle I have ever owned. The open sights come right to the eye by themselves. The .300 savage round is just about perfect for deer or even elk, being able to replicate the .308 easily. Mine was made in 1937 and is extremely accurate and does not kick that much. One downside is that the every slender barrel heats up quick, so it’s no bench rifle for a day at the range. Bring a second rifle to let it cool down.
This. Is. A. Very. Factual. Video. …. and. Becomes. Very. Interesting. To. Me…because… my. . Dad. Gave. Me. A. Model. …99f. Tang. Safety. In. .300. Sav… around. . About. 1979 or. 1980. I. Always. Liked. Levers. Of. All. Kinds. As. A. . Kid… and wanted. Something. New.. at. .that. Time… well.. it. Didn.t. have. A. Hammer. Or. A. Mag..tube. and. My. Friends. Said. It. Was. Ugly…. but. When. I. Tried. It. Out. This. Rifle.. was. Lite. Weight.. and. Extremely. Well. Balanced.. and. By. Far. The. Quickest. Lever. Repeater. I.ve. shot…I. ….once. shot. A. Running. White. Tail. Buck.. and. Hit. Him. With. All. Four. Shots. I. Fired. At. Him. And. Much. To. My. …Amazement……. the. Shots. At. The. Bounding. Buck. At. Between. 50. To. 75. Yrds.. were. In. ABout. A. 8. Inch. Group..i.m. glad. My. Dad.was. there. and Saw. This…1st. Hand…Needless. To. Say.. there. Was. Not. Much. Left. If. The. Ribs. Heart. Or. Shoulders. But. His. Head. Hangs. With. My. Other. Mounts. Today…. and. We. Did. Eat. This. Deer. . there. Is. Plenty. Of. Good. Meat. In. The. Hind qtrs… neck. And. Back. On. A. White tail….deer… I. Noticed. Over. The. Years… no. Hammer. Makes. It. Alittle. Safer.. and. With. The. Introduction. Of.teflon. Tip. Bullets.. the. Rotary mag… keeps. The. Bullet. Tips. From. Being deformed. This. Makes. It. Very. Advanced. Even. On. Today’s. Market… have. A. Nice. Day….