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I have 2 loose 99CD barrels that have the dovetail and holes, but I'm not sure what receivers they came off of.

The 1 that is still has the barrel installed is SN B9365xx. This is a 250-3000 that has been rechambered to 257AI.

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Might have been one of those Monday morning Sales meeting where they decided they wanted a different rear sight on the CD's after production had started. Who knows?

Our job is to find what they did not the reason why. laugh wink


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Originally Posted by Rick99
Might have been one of those Monday morning Sales meeting where they decided they wanted a different rear sight on the CD's after production had started. Who knows?

Our job is to find what they did not the reason why. laugh wink
I think the KISS principle would indicate that all barrels were cut for dovetails for 99's so they could produce barrels quickly. When they pulled a barrel for a 99CD, they tapped it for the Williams sight.

I haven't seen a picture of a 99CD without the rear sight that didn't have a dovetail. Some of the pictures you can't tell if they had screws.. but they all had dovetails.


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Bearrr264 had a 99C, not a 99A or CD, in 256-3000 that had a rear sight in a dovetail, no extra holes. It is the only 99C that I've ever seen in 250-3000 with the barrel stamped 99C. He made a point to show that to me and was evasive about where he got it. Since it was in a non-cataloged configuration, I figured that it was one of the non-cataloged factory parts guns from when they cleaned out the warehouse during the mid-1980s. Who knows????

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If the barrel was stamped 99C then I'd guess it was a special order, gift from the company or an employee made it. They had barrels in 250 because of 99CD's, 99A's and late 99E's, so would have been trivial to produce.

A parts gun after they dropped the 99E and wanted to use up that lone remaining 250 barrel would be reasonable also.


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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Back in the late 1980s I had a 99E with 99C wood that was in like new condition that I bought from Arthur Corey's shop in Littleton, NH. It was stamped 99E and had the Williams rear sight. I never took the sight off, so I don't know if it had a dovetail under there, but maybe......

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All models changed to a Williams rear sight around 1981 and I believe they stopped cutting the dovetails. So maybe it did, probably didn't.


The Savage 99 Pocket Reference”.
All models and variations of 1895’s, 1899’s and 99’s covered.
Also dates, checkering, engraving.. Find at www.savagelevers.com
Watch All The Savage 99 Models : https://youtu.be/pv2kGz7uac0
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I'll be picking up my repaired stock from my guy tomorrow and should be able to take pics of it them to post here. The buttpad (with white line) is red colored and has seen better days. Will be looking for one soon. I haven't found any 250 Savage ammo for sale anywhere, but did find some .25 caliber bullets at Graf & Sons for @ $32 box/100. 117 grainers. $105 for 3 boxes shipped. Its a start. smile

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Some pics addressing the sights on CD's and early post CD C.
The RD 250-3000 produced in 1974 and the new improved 7mm-08 1981 C had the same rear sight. This sight is on the C. I fumbled the windage screw and had to use a poor fitting replacement.
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The CD with the rear sight removed. Note dovetail.
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The C with the rear sight removed. no dovetail.
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The CD's front sight
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The C's front sight
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[Linked Image]This is from the Savage 99 club on facebook. This is a Williams FP 99-S.

Does anyone know if Lyman or Redfield made receiver sight and if so what the numbers are?

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Whatever you do, DON'T buy a Redfield 102, as they require 2 holes to be d&t in the left side of the receiver.

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Lyman 57 SB mounts in rear D&T holes in top of receiver on tang safety Model 99s. (Lever safety rifles use Lyman 57 SA.)

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OK now. Got some time with my 99 tonight. I do have a few pics to add also. According to https://savagelevers.com/serial-number-search/ my rifle was made in 1975. B9052XX.

The barrel is 21" from muzzle to front of receiver, and has a flat plug in the dovetail slot. There are no obvious tapped holes for a sight at the rear of the barrel. There are two tapped holes at the front of the barrel and these are 1.950" center to center. The left side of the barrel has a 'F' stamped into it, but normally this is covered by the forend. It is marked 'model 99CD Series A', 'cal 250 Sav', and 'Westerfield Mass'.

The trigger is grooved. The grip cap is checkered.

There are no serial numbers on either forend or buttstock. The buttpad is a dark brown ventilated one marked Savage. Under that is a white line spacer, with a black base marked 'pachmayer' on the inside (pics later). Length of pull is 13 1/2".

Apparently I will have to edit my pics smaller. They're to large to post.

Any clarification on my info is appreciated. I'm intending to replace the front ramp and add a receiver sight to this rifle.

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u should still be able to buy a Williams front ramp , tha sight you install may depend on the rear sight hight.

.if you cant find a new williams front ramp message me,


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The barrel is actually measured to the back of the receiver ring, so your barrel is 22". It's a first year production 99CD. The two holes near the front of the barrel are for the front sight. I posted a pic of the front sight in this post on July 1st. Savage replaced the serial number on the forearm, buttplate and buttstock about 1950 with an assembly code that is in on those 3 places plus on the lower left side of the lower tang. You have to remove the buttstock to see the assembly code. The butt pad should look like the one shown on page 104, figure 7-22. If you don't have a copy of my book post that you don't have it and I'll post a pic of the overall rifle. But if it is marked "Savage" who knows. "With Savage never say never".


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Wyo1895, I'd appreciate that butt pad pic (as I don't own a copy of your book -yet, its on its way), and what is the height of the front sight ramp in your pic from 7/1? I've found two of them with different heights.

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I used pics from the book. First is the prototype CD.
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I've also included the brush gun which had the first ventilated recoil pad. Your pad has a white line. the brush gun didn't have it.
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I'll get the height of the front sight later.


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Awesome pics.

BTW I got a call back from Williams Sight Company. The don't have the sight in stock anymore, BUT if I find one and it needs refurbishing, they'll assist. Also info on the exact model # and the 2 sets of part #s for the w/ & w/o adjustable knobs. A shout out to them!

A similar call to Lyman, got me 'a less than helpful response'. Along the lines of, 'we don't make those, we don't have the info on those and we don't really care'.

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