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Old 10-09-2018, 05:46 PM   #1
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I've always liked the look of the old Savage 99s, and have even come close to buying a couple until I found out that they had non-matching barrels and receivers. An elderly family friend gave me quite a shock when he gave me his 99 that he had owned since he was a teen growing up in Gunnison, Co. He said he's lost count of the deer and elk taken with the old rifle. I found a place on-line that dates it to 1937-38. It's obviously well used, but in pretty good shape. Chamber in .300 Savage. Should it handle recently manufactured ammo, or should I load some milder stuff and see how it does? Not great pics, sorry. Thanks,
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:48 PM   #2
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ive got one that shoots new factory stuff just fine
its from the early 60s tho
but if you've got everything you need to reload....why not???
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:55 PM   #3
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I'm not sure when my .300 savage model 99 is from, but it's from my great grandpa and it shoots Remington factory loads just fine. Love that gun but I do not use it much. The only thing about mine is the internal mag spring is a big sticky but it still works pretty good. But you talk about a fun gun to shoot. Does not kick hard at all and it's really not very loud either as it has a fairly long barrel on it.
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Old 10-09-2018, 06:37 PM   #4
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For a lever action, it's plenty stout. If it's in as good a shape as it looks, fire away. I have one just like it.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:30 PM   #5
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Thanks, guys. Pretty pumped!
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:35 PM   #6
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I also have the same rifle I am shooting hornady 150 gr great shooting guns.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:48 PM   #7
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Great rifle that is fast becoming a collector item. I’ve owned both a .243 and a 308 model 99 and sold them both. Wish I would have held on to the .308 for sure.
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Old 10-10-2018, 02:54 AM   #8
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I shoot the factory Remington out of mine
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:57 AM   #9
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cool! I've got one from the early 50s.
It ought to shoot factory loads just fine. Being an older open sight lever gun, reloading for it doesn't make any sense unless you just want to, in which case it makes perfect sense.
Shoot me a PM if you want to try some lighter hand loads... I'm already set up for .300 Savage.
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Old 10-10-2018, 10:05 AM   #10
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pretty sure the 300 savage was never hot loaded out of the factories,,, there won't be a problem with any factory ammo you find,,, not to mention the savage 99 was and is a pretty stout rifle,,,
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Old 10-10-2018, 10:06 AM   #11
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I wouldn't hesitate to shoot factory loads at all. The .300 SAV loads have been the same for years. If you are concerned, you can have a gunsmith check it out, or even reach out to Savage and see what they say...
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Old 10-10-2018, 10:08 AM   #12
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I had one from the same time frame and it shot everything fine
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:26 AM   #13
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The 300 Savage is a mild load like the 30/30. You should be able to shoot any ammo available for it. The 150gr load is the most popular.
I have one made in 1923 in .300 Savage. One of my most cherished guns.
Enjoy yours. Great lever gun.
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:04 PM   #14
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Thanks again for all the replies!
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Old 10-12-2018, 01:34 PM   #15
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I have a Savage 99C (detachable box magazine) in .308 Winchester that is an extremely accurate piece. It will shoot cloverleaf groups at 100 yards from a rest without problems. The .300 Savage was the parent cartridge of the .308 Winchester, and in my opinion, there is no real difference in performance between the two. Congratulations on a classic rifle that should serve you well.

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Old 10-12-2018, 02:41 PM   #16
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My inherited 1927 takedown model 99 in 30-30 loves Remington factory 150 gr. Killed a bunch of s. tx whitetails over the decades and 3 generations of schweers on the trigger. You have an even better deal in the 300 savage cartridge. We keep our shots to 75 yards or less down in the brush country near Yancey.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:06 PM   #17
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Default Sweet gun

I have one in 250-3000 serial shows 1920 date manufacture has the flip up peep in the rear awesome gun.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:31 PM   #18
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My dad, brother, and I have the same gun passed down from my dads dad ( my Grandfather) we are all planning on shooting a deer with it then passing the tradition down to our kids. Literally out of the case we took out the bullseye it’s a great round and a awesome gun
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Old 10-14-2018, 11:02 PM   #19
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All I will say is go give that family friend a BIG OLE HUG AND KISS! That is a great gun and will handle any thing you feed it ! CONGRATS ENJOY!
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:22 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by THE UNDERTAKER View Post
I have one in 250-3000 serial shows 1920 date manufacture has the flip up peep in the rear awesome gun.
Had a 1927 mod with a factory scope, one post, should have never sold it. I was able to pick up a box of original 87 gr ammo at first monday in Canton and felt like I was shooting the 250-3000 as designed 3000 fps. Mine shot just around 1 moa, would have been fine for a deer rifle.
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Old 10-17-2018, 10:09 AM   #21
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Mine shoots the 180gr Federals better than Remingtons. They are definitely a fun gun to shoot.
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