Savage 99E year and Value

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  1. Savage99man

    Savage99man New Member

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    I have my great uncles "Savage 99E" in which I acquired in May 2006.

    The barrel is stamped:

    Savage Arms Corporation
    Chicopee Falls, Mass.


    The serial # on the gun is: 1,025,812

    What gets me is the "E" was made in the late 30's in Utica, NY and then again from '61 on in Westfield, Mass. I would like to know what year it was manufactured and how much it is worth.

    According to the old school magazine ad's I've seen on eBay, the "E" was re-issued from '61 and later. My "E" is made in Chicopee Falls.

    It's about got about 83% of the bluing on it with some pitting around the reciever.

    Thanks for the time and effort,

    Savage99man
  2. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

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    I see Savage 99's in the $500 class at the gun shows but I have not paid much attention to the exact models. I've not seen any priced under that level.

    I have a 99 in 300 Savage made in the early 1950's. I got it off a co-worker. It had sat for many, many years in the closet and the internals were covered with a powdering of rust. I originally agreed to tear the gun down and remove the rust for the friend. I was so impressed by the design that I offered the guy about $150 for it (15 years ago when Savages were not sought after like today). The rust came off very easily with 0000 steel wool with no sign it was ever there. The biggest surprise was how accurate it shot! While developing loads for it (clocking speeds with no interest in accuracy at that point), it was making pretty small groups for an open sight lever gun. I have several Winchesters so I know what to expect.

    What I find interesting is the guys father bought the gun new upon graduation from college, hunted with it a few times, and then stored it away for years. After his death the son got it and never used it. The gun showed signs (a few stock nicks and dents) of having been carried some during hunts but the barrel and the outside were pristine. One of my better buys!

    LDBennett
  3. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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    Hi Savage99man.....welcome to TFF.

    The only published serial # lists for the Savage 99 that I know of, only go up to #566,000 and 1950.....but you can probably get a date of manufacture by writing directly to Savage: http://www.savagearms.com/contact.htm

    As for value....is it a rifle or carbine, what caliber, and does it have a Schnabel forearm?
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  5. Savage99man

    Savage99man New Member

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    the rifle is calibered in .300, the best one Savage ever made.
    The forearm is plain with no checkering. I believe it's got either a 20" or 22" inch barrel on it.

    The gun is the most accurate I have ever shot. I picked off a coyte at 200 yards even, with no scope, and with out adjusting for my shot.
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    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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    OK....I'm assuming that yours is a 99E Carbine, made sometime between 1960-1982.

    Blue Book value:

    95% - $300
    90% - $270
    80% - $250
    70% - $200
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    Yes it is a 99E carbine. As far as it being made in 1960 - 1982, SAVAGE ARMS had already relocated to Westfield. My barrel says:

    SAVAGE ARMS CORPORATION
    CHICOPEE FALLS, MASS.

    SAC moved to Westfield in '61. A very low # of 110's were made to round off the year of 1960. All the ad's for the 99E are from '61 and on. That is why I'm confused about the year my gun was made. The ad's say the "E" came back into circulation in '61 (WESTFIELD) and my barrel says (CHICOPEE FALLS). Like I said earlier, nothing but a low # of 110's were made in '60.
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    What does the lever boss code say?
  9. Savage99man

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    What is the lever boss code?
  10. njretcop

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    Turn your rifle over, on the front of the lever where it joins to the receiver you will find a circle with one or two numbers followed by a letter.

    The numbers are inspectors marks, the letter is the year of manufacture. This "lever boss code" started in 1949 with the letter "A", 1950 "B", and so on................
  11. Savage99man

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    Thanks, the boss code was "10 H" so I believe that it was made in 1956.

    Jimmy
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    BINGO! :D

    Remember, the letters "O" and "Q" were not used due to possible confusion.
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  13. Bob V

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    I just aquired a 300 Savage that was made in 1941 (checked serial #414428) it's not an "E" model and seems to be in very good condition, but don't know much about it. It holds 6 rounds and has a lever action. It also has an original scope mounted on it and no iron sites. No markings on the scope. Don't know the power.The scope has a mount that seems to be factory made for this gun. only 1 rear ring. The frot mounts to the barrel. anyone know aprox. value ???
  14. LDBennett

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    Bob V:

    I bought a Savage Model 99 in 300 Savage some 15 years ago off a co-worker that had light surface rust over the entire inside of the receiver but the barrel and external bluing were fine. It was a 1950's rifle bought by the guys father new when he graduated from college, carried some on hunts, but rarely shot. The internals cleaned up fine with 0000 steel wool and Hoppe's No. 9. While developing loads with a chronograph searching for the highest velocity loads and not partivcularly paying attention to the accuracy I was amazed at how accurate the gun was compared to all my other lever action guns. These are good guns!! The design is completely unique and includes a tipping bolt, a rotary magazine, a shots remaining indicator, a cocked indicator, and they are accurate. They also look unique.

    I'll not sell mine but I am sure I could get more than $500 for my 90% version but would refuse offers of up to $1000. Not bad for a rilfe that I paid $125 for. Its that nice of a vintage gun design and mine is particularly nice in that it shows some stock wear and very little bluing wear.

    Keep and use that Savage. You probably won't be sorry you kept it.


    LDBennett
  15. peteelliott

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    I have a .300 Savage stamped serial number 295177 which was apparently made in 1927.

    Fair condition, lever action, rotary mag, definitely been used over the years.

    I'm not sure if I would ever sell it, but does anyone have a low/high estimate of the value?

    Pete

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