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Its been a while since I've been here, but hello everyone. Recently moved to Idaho and at a local gun show today I got a 99 CD series A, 250 Savage. Mostly complete and in very good - to excellent condition. One crack in the tang area, and it has a Bushnell scope mounted with low rings. To accommodate the scope the rear sight has been removed as well as the hooded front sight.

What were the original sights and where might they be found.

I'm also told this likely would have had a 1/10 twist barrel. Is that likely true?

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It does have a 1-10 barrel. Can't help you with the sights though.

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99CD would have a Williams rear sight, can't help you brand or info for the front sight. Could probably get you a picture of one..

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When Savage reintroduced the 250-3000 into production via the 99A in 1970 they went to a 1-10" ROT and carred it forward when they cataloged the 99CD and 99E in 250-3000.

The rear sight on a 99CD was a Williams unit, not sure about the front sight or hood.

The 99CD, 99DL/M, and 99F were my favorite 99s to hunt with when I hunted with Savages. I used to buy nearly every 99CD with a price that was in sync with its conditon to wildcat on. I've rechambered, or paid to have rechambered, 99CDs from 250-3000 to 257AI and 25-284, from 243 to 6-284, and from 308 to 30-284. Plus those that I've rebarreled in 6.5-284, 338-284, and 35-284. I like raised cheekpieces and the 99CD was the only 99 that Savage ever cataloged with that option.

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I’m quite sure the front sight is Williams too.

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Wow! Thank you all. I'll post some pics soon of it as is, and then as it 'returns' to original, then some more. What do you think of adding a tang sight to it, and is it possible with the tang safety?

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Originally Posted by Jaaack
I’m quite sure the front sight is Williams too.


The ramp and hood are likely Williams but the sight itself would be one of the numbered sights Savage installed. Probably a 34 on the .250.


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Tang sight won't work. A receiver sight that mounts with the two rear scope base holes will.


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As the CD barrel is 'non-tapered' according to my Savage 99 book, what type/number of williams front base is the correct one? I'd realized I'd oopsed on the tang sight comment about 2 hours after I'd posted the comment.

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Not tapered? Umm.. no, it's a tapered barrel same as others made in that timeframe.

Can't give you the Williams sight name/number, but can give you the Savage part number for front sight on a 99CD - A99D-219.


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Rory,

I have a couple of 99CDs that have a dovetail cut in the barrel for a rear sight and two d&t holes, one fore and one aft, for the Williams rear sight. Is that common?

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Originally Posted by 260Remguy
Rory,

I have a couple of 99CDs that have a dovetail cut in the barrel for a rear sight and two d&t holes, one fore and one aft, for the Williams rear sight. Is that common?

Yes, I've seen a few over the years. Transition from the Lyman style flip up 16C.


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I can't comment on how common, but I once owned a .250 CD, ser. no. C074935, that had both the dovetail and two D&T holes.

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Originally Posted by 260Remguy
Rory,

I have a couple of 99CDs that have a dovetail cut in the barrel for a rear sight and two d&t holes, one fore and one aft, for the Williams rear sight. Is that common?
That would be odd on a 99CD, but I believe it. As Lightfoot said - we've seen this on several models. Barrels that were pre-made with dovetails before they switched to Williams, and then they added the screws, slapped on a Williams and put it on the gun. Definitely on 99A's and I think a couple 99C's.

It's odd on a 99CD because the 99CD's were always made to have a Williams rear sight, never a dovetail. So those are probably 99CD's that got barrels made for another model. Are they really late 99CD's?


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The rifle I cited above was 1976, so second year of CD.

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That's odd. Since it was a 250, must have been a 99A barrel put onto that 99CD just because they didn't have any 99CD barrels handy. Most of these we see around 1980/1981 when they switched almost everything to the Williams and had no use for the old dovetail barrels.


The Savage 99 Pocket Reference”.
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Went back through conversations with Rick and we did discuss and did find some 99CD's with dovetails. I'd found at least 3 99CD's on the internet that had folding rear sights in a dovetail, and at least one also had screwholes for a Williams. Couldn't see the top of the barrel on the other two.

So yeah.. seen it before. A 1976/1977, a 1978, and a 1981. Just forgot.

Now I have to pull mine out and check that rear sight.. Well, mine is pretty much NIB so I'm not going to remove the rear sight, but I see no indication there's a dovetail under it. The discussion with Rick started because I noticed on the 99CD components catalog page that the barrel was shown with dovetail and screws for a Williams.

So it's possible, I suppose, that they all have dovetails under the Williams rear sight???????????

Here's a picture of one from fall of 1976.

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The Savage 99 Pocket Reference”.
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Also dates, checkering, engraving.. Find at www.savagelevers.com
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So the component parts catalog may be correct. They might all have dovetails under those Williams rear sights. Huh.


The Savage 99 Pocket Reference”.
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Also dates, checkering, engraving.. Find at www.savagelevers.com
Watch All The Savage 99 Models : https://youtu.be/pv2kGz7uac0
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Would anyone one have a picture of the no drill receiver mount on a 99 CD, and wow those pics of the dovetails are fantastic. Now if I can just finish getting my garage sorted out so I can get setup and make some pics of the 99CD I have....

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99CDs were all factory d&t with 4 holes on the top of the receiver.

1899CDs were only factory d&t with 2 holes on the tang.

Assuming that you're asking about a pre-WW1 1899CD.

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