Savage 99E year and Value

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  1. pauls

    pauls New Member

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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.
  2. steve99f

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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.
  3. jksherbondy

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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.
  5. steve99f

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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.
  6. brodougie

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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.
  7. 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
  8. brodougie

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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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  11. brodougie

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    Here's a few pics.More to follow.

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    A few more.

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    Another batch.

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    Last one.Thanks Y'all.

    Brodougie

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    Brodougie,

    Very nice! What you have is an early post war 99 EG with some condition. The scope and mount are worth more than the rifle. Those by themselves would bring maybe 400.00. The mount is a Stith mount, very desirable because you could mount a scope without drilling extra holes in the frame. The sling and sling eyes are non factory and would hurt collector interest somewhat. Not as much as a recoil pad or extra holes in the metal. All up maybe 8$00 retail.

    Should you want to nail down the originality of the wood and butt plate, Savage marked the stock and fore end with the serial number on the frame. The buttplate was also marked with the SN.

    You can get a letter from the Savage historian for about 30 or 35 bucks if that interests you. Will tell exactly when is was accepted from the factory into the warehouse and when it shipped.
  16. brodougie

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    steve99f:

    Thanks for the info.


    Brodougie
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    You're welcome.

    That is a fine family heirloom to have from your GF. He had good taste in rifles. Don't let go of that one.
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