Re: Savage 99E year and Value
There is a book on the Savage 99 by Murray. With that book and by observing the features of the gun you can determine exactly what it is. Your description is not complete enough and you almost have to have the book in hand and do a process of elimination to determine exactly which model you have out of the 18+ different versions (made before your gun). But the book and the serial number says it was made in 1946 which eliminates about 4 of those versions.
I have a EG version made in 1949 that also shoots very accurately. Every time I take it to a range with other shooters present, I get offers to buy it (IT IS NOT FOR SALE!!!). I am only the second owner as I bought it off the son of the first owner who got it willed to him but never shot it. The original owner bought it new when he graduated from college to use for hunting. It had seen little actual use but was stored wrong. Its interior was covered in fine surface rust that was easily removed and left no marks and never returned. I got it for a song and could easy get my money back by a factor of 5 or more. The son had no interest in it and readily sold it to me. I took a risk with the rust but I did know it would probably easily be removed for good.
The Savage 99 is an unfound treasure of a gun. They work well, have some neat features, and are more accurate than any other lever gun out there except maybe a modern Browning BLR. They are at least more accurate than a Winchester or Marlin lever gun. In fact, they are as accurate as many bolt guns.