Savage 99E year and Value

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  1. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

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    peteelliot;

    To a shooter it's a $100 gun (too old and in a funny caliber for which ammo is almost non-existent!) but to a collect it all depends on condition. Some like-new in the box versions fetch twice what other excellent, nice, clean example get. I have one from the 1950's that is aobut 90% that I shoot my reloads from. The amazing thing to me is how much more accurate it is than my Winchester lever guns. I would not give mine up for anything but if I HAD to I would think a collector might pay $500 or more. But it all depends on condition to a collector. A refinished gun to collectors is worth much much less. Original excellent condition guns is what they want. Shooters want good guns but will not pay that kind of money.

    LDBennet
  2. TNTCrazyLady

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    Howdy, I'm a newbie and just inherited a Savage 300 99E lever - I think the serial # is A952263. It appears in good condition and has a scope but I can't tell what kind. Can anyone tell me what kind of value this is? I've cleaned it and would like to use it for a hunting rifle but if it is super valuable then I won't.

    Thanks in advance ;-}
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    remember to put up pictures everyone
  4. LDBennett

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    The Model 99E was made from 1960 to 1984. The highest S/N was supposedly 1,000,000. To determine exactly what you have, you'd have to cross reference features from a book like the D.P.Murray book "The 99: A History of the Savage Model 99 Rifle".

    I don't think there is much collector interest in these guns, but I don't really know. I think there is a shooter interest. Every time I take mine to the range someone will ask if I want to sell it.

    My 99EG is very accurate with open sights. While developing loads with a chronograph and only interested in getting factory velocities and not even watching the target while shooting, I was amazed at the accuracy after walking down to the target to retrieve it. This gun can shoot. I think it probably is more accurate than similar Winchester lever guns of the same period.

    The magazine is probably the most unique part of the gun (rotating mag like a Ruger 10/22 mag). In fact Ruger, the man, was infatuated with the Savage 99 in his youth and lifted the mag design for his 10/22 in the 1950's. He actually turned a Model 99 into a semi-auto and tried to hawk it to gun companies. It got him a job which he eventually parlayed into the biggest gun manufacturing company in the USA in a few decades.

    These guns are well worth keeping and shooing. I don't hunt but a lot of former owners did and I bet this would make an excellent woods gun. With a scope I think it would match almost any 308 for hunting. These are unique looking, unique operationally, and pretty accurate and handy guns. They are well worth keeping. Others might have more knowledge about value but the bottom has to be at least $500. You'd have to give me more than that for mine even though I have quite a bit less than that in the gun (bought off co-worker 15 years ago).

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    http://www.savage99.com/

    LDBennett
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  5. steve99f

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    TNTCL,

    Your 99E was made after 1960, pretty much taking any collector interest out the window. As a hunting rifle, sight unseen, could be worth 200 to 500, depends on condition and a willing buyer. It's not super valuable so go kill something with it. It's a great tool for that.
  6. pauls

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    I have a model 99 caliber 300 savage with the serial number 685432. The boss code is unreadable. Metal butt plate,no shnabel. Anyone with any info? thanks for the help.
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    If it doesn't have the schnable tipped fore end then its an R or RS rather then the EG. Made in the early 50's. Nice rifles and usually accurate. Should have a Chicopee Falls, MA barrel roll mark.
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    Hello Everybody,

    I came across your site while trying to research my rifle. I wanted to say thank you for sharing all of your knowledge and helping me figure out what a boss code is and what it means.

    When my father passed he left me his Savage 99E .243 lever action. The serial is 1037761. I did my best at reading the Boss Code and I am fairly certain that it reads 12N which would make it a 1962, but I read in some of the posts that the serial numbers stop at 1,000,000. I am slightly confused how my serial number could be 1,037,761 and have a boss code "N".

    If any of you could help fill in the gaps in my knowledge that would be amazing. Thank you again.
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    Whatever you or anyone else does do NOT take the rotary mag apart. They are spring loaded and a brea to get back together so it will ever function again.
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    jksherbondy,

    The serial numbers didn't end at 1,000,000, only collector interest ended at 1,000,000, mostly. There are certain calibers that will attract collector interest in post 1960 rifles such as 22-250, .284, .358 and .375.
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    I Have a .300 Savage that was my Grandfathers from Texas. The serial number is 419320 and there is an "E" on the lever boss.It also has a Weaver Model 330 scope on it.Stamped .300 Savage (sp) on side of barrel.Also stamped Savage Arms Corporation Utica N.Y. on top of Barrel; Hi-pressure steel-proof tested on other side.Excellent shooting rifle. Can anyone give me a little info on this gun? I believe my Grandfather purchased this in El Paso back in the late 40's-early 50's.
  12. LDBennett

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    brodougie:

    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.

    LDBennett
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    LDBennett:
    Thanks for the quick reply.I don't have a copy of Murry's book at this time but I can post photos of my rifle if that would help in any way.Just need to know other info could help with further identification.Thanks.

    Brodougie
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    Brodougie,

    Please post a few pictures. There are several variations of the 99. With that SN it may be a war produced rifle and one made right afterwards. There were a few made during the war. Will need to know bbl length, checkered stocks or not, pistol grip or not, schnable tip or plain rounded fore end.

    The E stamped on the lever boss may not mean anything as this was produced before 1949.
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