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    Hey Folks,

    ok I'll start off like I did in my neighborhood gun store yesterday afternoon:

    Hi my name is Rick and I shoot too much and can't help myself.... I gotta have this gun.
    To which several people, probably experienced in taking steps, replied:

    Hi Rick! Welcome we love you and want to help.

    I then asked where the coffee and cookies were.

    ok so I'm not trying to make fun of any 12 step program or AA or anything... it's helped a few people I know when I thought there may be no helping them. Instead I just tried being funny about my problem of going to the gun shop and having a hard time leaving without something in my hands. Yesterday was no different. I came home with a nice lever gun the Savage 99E in .308. It is in nice shape... really really nice shape but I am a black ugly gun kind of guy and don't know much about these lever guns... it looked nice... it is .308 and has a rotary magazine not a tube... and from what I've read previously it is one of the top deer guns of all time. So now I have the thing and don't know squat about the care and feeding... well I have the feeding bit... I'm a .308 guy but the care is a bit confusing to me... I don't see how it is going to be a simple disassemble and inspect and clean and lube and reassemble type of gun. Any suggestions? I'm thinking it will be a safe queen for the most part and take it out a few times a year to sight in or to take on a walk in the forest on a sunny November day (synth stock Browning A-bolt for less sunny days) Anyway, it looked lonely and scared up there on the rack in there among all the other newer guns and so I took it home and want to make it feel the love now. I ran the numbers and came back with a manufacture date of 1949! And lastly, just so you all know that I am willing to pay the consequences, I made sure to have a way of punishing myself for my misdeeds in buying yet another firearm.... I bought a box of 300 gr .454 Casull and will go to the range tomorrow with last month's Gun of the Month, a Ruger Alaskan, and take my punishment! And it is a punishing little monster. I'll tell you about the first time taking it to the range some time if you're interested.

    ok so back to the original intent of this post. Is there a Savage 99E enthusiast here who can give me information on the newest addition to my toy chest?

    Thanks in advance

    Rick in NH

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    Never owned one, but always wanted to, so I'm no help. BUT!...if you grow tired of it...I'll give you your money back!
    I love those country boy assualt rifles!

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    • #3
      Obviously not your Savage 99e, but here's my take....:eek:

      Yes...I can be funny....:D

      Nice pole ;) .

      Good hunting,

      'Saw.
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      Last edited by Big_Saw; 12-28-2008, 07:16 AM.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Big_Saw View Post
        Obviously not your Savage 99e, but here's by take....:eek:

        Yes...I can be funny....:D

        Nice pole ;) .

        Good hunting,

        'Saw.

        I have never owned any lever action. I seem to recall that the 99 is a side eject and it is difficult to mount a scope. Other then that, I know nothing about them.

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        • #5
          OK
          I have had 2 Savage 99's, one is a Savage 99E 308win circa 1958. I have owned it for almost 30 years, the trigger is kind of sucky but I have killed elk and deer with it, it is good for black bear as well. This is my go to gun when hunting from horseback. In the west these rifles are prized by guides and hunters who use horses.
          #1 Do Not Take It Apart!
          If the butt screw still un-screws then take the butt and fore-end off and spray the action down with solvents and lube it. Otherwise clean it with the butt in place. With the hammer cocked and the hammer spring compressed the action should be quite smooth.

          #2 Get an M-14 chamber brush and clean the chamber before firing! The chamber often gets rusty on these rifles because it is difficult to clean.

          #3 Run those serial numbers again!
          The 308 was not developed untill the 1950's. Someone could have screwed a Savage 308 barrel onto an old Savage 300 receiver, this is not safe! The Savage 308's have a semi-pistolgrip stock. I'm thinking your rifle is actualy 1959 mfg
          Last edited by kenno; 12-28-2008, 07:28 AM.
          The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kenno View Post
            OK
            I have had 2 Savage 99's, one is a Savage 99E 308win circa 1958. I have owned it for almost 30 years, the trigger is kind of sucky but I have killed elk and deer with it, it is good for black bear as well. This is my go to gun when hunting from horseback. In the west these rifles are prized by guides and hunters who use horses.
            #1 Do Not Take It Apart!
            If the butt screw still un-screws then take the butt and fore-end off and spray the action down with solvents and lube it. Otherwise clean it with the butt in place. With the hammer cocked and the hammer spring compressed the action should be quite smooth.

            #2 Get an M-14 chamber brush and clean the chamber before firing! The chamber often gets rusty on these rifles because it is difficult to clean.

            #3 Run those serial numbers again!
            The 308 was not developed untill the 1950's. Someone could have screwed a Savage 308 barrel onto an old Savage 300 receiver, this is not safe! The Savage 308's have a semi-pistolgrip stock. I'm thinking your rifle is actualy 1959 mfg
            Thanks Kenno,

            Had absolutely no intention of taking it apart! But it's good to know my instincts were right.

            I inspected the chamber and it looked good, swabbed it and came out clean, fired five through it yesterday and they came out the right end. I have a few M14 bore brushes and will do what you say in a couple of minutes to really get in there and clean it out. The rifling is excellent the bore bright the trigger almost needs a winch to pull it ( not really but I am used to my M1As with there nice crispy two stage and match trigger) the grip is a semi-pistol. I will take the butt and fore-end off (If I can without trashing the screw heads) and take a peek inside the mechanics and use a swab or two.

            Thanks an awful lot for the advice and information.

            Where can I go to run the numbers again? This is an A504xxx number. There is no stamping for manufacture date on the receiver in front of the lever. Any info you can provide is greatly appreciated.

            Thanks again,

            Rick in NH

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            • #7
              as to the numbers I would google for a web site
              The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by kenno View Post
                as to the numbers I would google for a web site
                IN taking the rifle down for inspection, cleaning and lubing I found the manufacturer date stamp on the lever boss ... it is under the stock. Mine is 17x... so if I am correct this is a 1963 rifle.. which is a mighty fine vintage if I do say so myself! (it's my manufacture date as well). Anyway Kenno, thanks again for the info. I have taken the furniture off and done a swab out and lubrication. The lever is nice and smooth now and the trigger is a bit more reasonable.

                Again, thanks for the info.

                Rick in NH

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Big_Saw View Post
                  Obviously not your Savage 99e, but here's my take....:eek:

                  Yes...I can be funny....:D

                  Nice pole ;) .

                  Good hunting,

                  'Saw.
                  Thanks Saw I'm glad you pointed that out to me... I might have got hurt... it's all fun and games until someone gets an eye poked out!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Red View Post
                    Thanks Saw I'm glad you pointed that out to me... I might have got hurt... it's all fun and games until someone gets an eye poked out!
                    No problem, Buddy....glad to let my expertise in these matters ooooooze all over the proverbial masses...:eek:
                    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                    • #11
                      Red
                      BTW my Savage was pre-drilled for scope mounts. I have a Redfield one piece scope mount on my 99E and have no problems with ejection of cartriges.
                      The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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                      • #12
                        I have a 99 in 300 Savage. Extremely dependable, accurate, and just looks damn cool! Thought about parting with it due to ammo not being common, but don't know if I could. Taken deer, hogs and assorted vermin with it.
                        "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches" Franklin

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by voodoo View Post
                          I have a 99 in 300 Savage. Extremely dependable, accurate, and just looks damn cool! Thought about parting with it due to ammo not being common, but don't know if I could. Taken deer, hogs and assorted vermin with it.

                          I am a big fan of the 300 Savage. Great round. If you reload, you can easily make cases for them out of 308's.

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                          • #14
                            Rusty
                            I'm too lazy to look for myself; Have you got a web addy for Savage serial #'s?
                            The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kenno View Post
                              Rusty
                              I'm too lazy to look for myself; Have you got a web addy for Savage serial #'s?

                              Allow me to goodsearch it for you. For future reference

                              http://www.goodsearch.com

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