A Savage Model99


The Savage model 99 is an interesting rifle.  Some really like its looks and  other thing it is one funkly looking rifle.  Either way it was very innovative .   I refined version of the earlier M95 and M92, it was originally  developed to be a possible US service rifle.

It has some pretty trick features for something most modern shooters would consider old and antique.   The internal rotary magazine for instance.   This let the gun use spitzer type bullets. Something that normal lever actions can not do.   The fear being the recoil will cause the bullet to set off the primer of the round in front.   Something I am not aware of actually ever happening or even made to happen in testing… But considered important anyways.

Another thing with that magazine is that is has a counter.  You can see the counter  as it sets at 0 being it is empty.

At the lever is also where the safety  is located, something most lever action of the time lacked.  The savage Model99 has a very smooth action in my opinion and it is a real classic.






The massive receiver of the M99 was made strong enough for modern smokeless rounds.  This strength and ability with  the modern rounds using spitzer bullets  gave  near bolt action like performance .  The strength and stability allowed for some solid mounting for optics.  The one pictured is a Weaver K4 with the “tip off” rings. That allowed the scope to be pivoted to the side so you can use your iron sights.

This model99 is chambered in 300 savage, A round that was modified and helped  to make the 7.62mm NATO round. 300 savage was meant to give a shorter cartridge that could work well in a lever action that gave the same performance of the .30,06 service round.  It doesn’t  but it does come within about 100 fps of it.


These guns are real classics.  I have wanted one for my own safe for many years, particularly one in .250 savage.  But opportunity and money never seem to line up for me.    If you run across one in  any chambering in a deal you can live with I encourage you to buy it.



  1. Hasn’t been out of the safe in a decade plus but i have my great uncles 99. In .30-30, which on the one hand is an easy to find round but on the other hand is a bit of a waste in a 99. Nice rifles, little tanks.

    • yeah that is kinda of a nut kick. to have such a cool rifle in a kinda lame round. now if it had been 300savage or 250-3000 or 303 savage that would have been pretty sweet

    • I’m sorry to you guys that the content today was not all that great. the holiday week screwed with my plans and intentions and today I ended up doing something that eat up more time than I expected and I didn’t have the time or willpower to do much more, but I wanted something out for you guys since I am trying very hard to get at least one thing up a day. I always liked Kevin’s “When guns are outlawed then only outlaws will have…etc” posts. I have seriously considering trying to continue that over here. Is that something you guys would want me to do?

      • Do whatever works for you. It’s your guys blog not ours. And like tom said, it’s better to put up something you’re happy with than something you’re not.

        • I’d really like to give you guys, and ourselves an experience and community as close to Kevin’s website as I can manage. that is one of the reasons for the daily updates and another reason is we recently took an in depth look at just how many visits we get in a day and those numbers really were a shock to me. It was more than I would have dared dream we would get back in 2012 when we started the website! we are getting tens of thousands of new unique visits a day now which started late last year. I think most people wouldnt believe me if I posted just how many we averaged a day last week . this has really spurred me to into wanting to get up content more often. I enjoyed the conversations in the comment sections on weaponsman as much as I did Kevin’s writing and I know a lot of his readers miss that as much as I do. so you guys speak up about what you would like to read about dont be shy. You guys who came here from Kevin’s site, your opinion really matters to me and I want your help to make this website live up to how big it has gotten, Me and Howard are really proud of it and for the first time I feel like our pride is justified. I have never started anything like this that has become as successful as it is and I really hope it can be a place we can all faun with

          • While we can never recreate it exactly it has been noticeably more like it lately. So far it’s all been good stuff. And if you want to add something like “when guns are outlawed…” or whateven I’m sure it’ll be well received. I think it’s a safe bet we all have pretty similar tastes.

  2. Ah, the Savage 99. There’s so much I could write about these rifles. I’ll try to keep it short and sweet:

    – These rifles can, with enough time from an experienced gunsmith, be made to lock up tight. I’m talking tight as a Colt revolver kind of tight. Most lever guns don’t have the kind of tight lockup when you close the action that bolt guns have. Well, Savage can ship you a couple of ‘raw’ parts that need to be hand-fit to your action, and when this is done, this action can lock up very tight indeed. It helps improve accuracy a bit, it also helps the action make your brass last longer and the action handle hotter loads.

    – Again, with some ‘smith intervention, these rifles can be made even smoother than they are from the factory. They can be made to cycle like wiping a glass rod across a silk rag.

    – These rifles can be re-barreled and re-chambered for other rounds than the ones in which they were offered. As long as you keep to a .308-sized cartridge, with a 0.473″ case head diameter, you’re golden.

    – With some TLC, the magazine can be adapted to other case sizes as well.

    Fitting new stocks to them is a high-effort proposition, but worth it if the old stocks have shrunk. A buttstock that has shrunk can be glass bedded to the rear of the receiver to take up slop.

    As a lever gun, I rate the 99 as being second only to the Browning BLR in terms of speed and strength of action.

    • I been meaning to ask you about something for a long time. I am a great lover of the remington model 31 shotgun. My old mentor and one of his old friends who was a gunsmith from the old days, used to do some internal slicking up on them but I will be damned if I can remember what it was they did. The 31 is already as slick as snot o the pump house door but man the ones they worked over were amazing. Do you have anything to say on the Model 31 ?
      write as much as you want on the savage 99. I was rushed yesterday when i wrote that post and wasn’t pleased with it. I would be thrilled if you wanted to add your insight

      • I’ve only had my hands on one Model 31 so far. Their owners are justly proud of these guns. The one I handled was very slick indeed, and being a Winchester Model 12 fan, that’s high praise indeed.

        The Model 31 was made (IIRC) from ’31 to ’49, with over 150K examples manufactured. I think there were four grades of guns, with ‘field’ being the lowest, and then there were trap, skeet, etc. At the highest end, they were nowhere nearly as finely finished as the top-grade Model 12’s, but even the field versions of the Model 31 had pretty wood and a very nice blueing job.

        The Model 31 got its slick-n-tight action the same way the Colt Python did – from hand-fitting of parts by experienced gunsmiths/gunmakers. It’s that simple. What more could be done to it? More fitting and polishing. Most guns of that era can be made to be more than they were by attention from a gunsmith.

        The cost of making a Model 31 was its undoing. When Remington started on their post-WWII cost-cutting measures, the Model 31 was one of the first of their quality guns to get chopped – and then replaced by the Model 870, which has seen its quality go downhill since its introduction in the 50’s. Today’s 870’s are mere shadows of the first 870’s.

        If you see a Model 31 in good shape for under $500 (and sometimes, you do see such fire-sale prices, because people don’t know what they have, especially if they’ve inherited it, or they’re allowing someone who knows little about guns to sell it), I’d look very closely at it. I missed out on one in an estate sale here that got hammered by the auctioneer at $260 or so – that’s a steal, for a 31 in good shape, and this one was.

        • I have been a fan of the Model31 for 30 years. I do all the hunting I need a shotgun for with a Model 31 in 16ga. Most people in my area have no idea what they are and it is common to run across them in used racks for 299 or less. A lot of people don’t realize the Mossberg 500 series is just a cheaper copy of the model 31. some poopoo its single action bar but I have never seen one break or bind, They are about as slick as you can ask for and the older they get the better they get, like fine whine or dynamite. My older mentor and his gunsmith friend were real maestros when it came to making them even slicker

  3. Shawn, I blogged about Real Estate every day for several years and it is a chore.
    Keep the content quality high even if you don’t post every day, that’s what I come here for.
    And thanks for posting more frequently, I’m dropping by daily now instead of weekly, Tom

  4. Shawn, my Dad took me on my first appraisal in 1958, I grew up in the business and really enjoy what I do.
    And with my thrashed body I’m unable to sit or stand for any length of time, it’s something I can do that gives me lots of time outdoors and the opportunity to see pretty much every back road and out of the way spot in Sonoma County.

    And yes, I’m nuts.
    I’m a Native Californian…

    • Tom, I am much relieved to know you did it because you liked to do it. I thought maybe it was a requirement for a job or business. Can’t say I am much relived to learn you had to live in California though.


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