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#9514712 - 01/14/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: Lightfoot]  
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Don't think I've ever heard of the Centennial being priced near that, either. Even the RMF doesn't go that high.

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#9514770 - 01/14/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: Max1208]  
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Originally Posted by Harless
It seems to me that gun collectors don't really know what guns are for...

I bought a new model 99 75th anniversary 308 in 1975 and I'll admit, it wasn't much out of the box but with a little tweaking to make it shoot straight and to shorten the trigger pull about 90%, it's fine weapon.. I've killed about 100 deer and one bear and lots of other things that I won't mention. It has never failed..
Today it will still put 3 shots in a target at 100 yds. and make only one hole..

I shoot 130 gr. bullets at 3000 fps and have never had an animal get away..

I looked in a gun book at a store last month and it had the gun listed as being worth "new in the box" at $6000.00, used in good shape at $2500.00 and the low price was $1400.00..

However mine is not for sale at any price, I bought it to hunt with, I do other things to make money.........


Crakin me up.

First post: he digs up a thread from 2010 and has an ax to grind.

If it's been hunted, you can buy them dime a dozen for $500.

Dig a hole and throw that 75th in it. If somebody digs it up 10,000 years from now somebody might find it and find somebody else to pay 6K for it. I'm not debating that it could make a fine meat weapon, but don't confuse that with it's market value. New and in the box maybe 1200 in today's market. The guy that wrote the book you are reading ain't offering anything for it.

Personally I wouldn't trade a boat anchor for one. Throw in the anchor rope and maybe...

Since it's not for sale now, my recommendation would be to keep it and kill with it.


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#9514959 - 01/15/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: sayak]  
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Uh oh... going for popcorn now.


I wouldn't bother. He seems to be happy with his and the rest of us know what it is. We all know that they can be good shooters. If that's all he's interested in then good for him. Life goes on. Then again, some fool may want to try to start a flame war. So be that too.


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#9515059 - 01/15/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: Skidrow]  
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Harless--

I have some guns for sale. Get your price guide and come on over.


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#9515112 - 01/15/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: Phil99]  
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I still have the one in the picture earlier in this thread and I STILL wouldn't sell it.


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#9515166 - 01/15/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: Longbeardking]  
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I passed on one that had been hunted alot, had the box but it was a mess mold and beat up, guy was at at 450.00 as i walked away he said give me 350.00 and its yours, i looked it over and just didnt like it even for that price.


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#9517942 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: saddlering]  
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This sure is an old thread, but since it has returned.........Get past the glitz-----and comparatively speaking in relation to other commemoratives it's not much, it is a factory heavy barreled non-tang safety Savage 99 in the most accurate caliber ever put in this particular rifle that shoots lights out---at least mine does.


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#9518310 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: 21]  
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I'm with 21. If I found one for $350 I'd snap it up and got hunting with it.


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#9518356 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: 21]  
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I purchased a 75th Anniversary Commemorative 99 in .308 a few years ago. Right off the bat I thought it was too gaudy. Just too much bling for me. Second, I did not like the gold lever. Third, I felt that the stock, much like many of the 99's manufactured toward the end of their era was far too clunky. Kind of like they were in a hurry and did little hand-fitting. Keep in mind that I wanted mine to hunt with. I bought it new-in-box, but like some of you, I am not going to let my wonderful 99's collect dust just so somebody who inherits them after I am gone can sell them for top dollar. I want to use mine. I sent my stock off to Dennis Pritchard, the best stock guy for 99's that I have ever met. He fine-tuned my clunky stock, into something that Arthur Savage would have appreciated. Will post a photo in a bit as I think it turned out nicely. For the caliber, I agree. It should have at least been a .300 Savage even if the era for such a gun was wrong given the 1895 v/s .300 did not exist at same time. That said, like I mentioned I shoot mine and even with factory ammo, it is a tack driver but .308 is a very accurate caliber in just about any gun. Going forward I plan to have the gold colored (plated I think) lever buffed off and take it to Doug Turnbull to be case colored. When done, it won't be original but will be a shooter that will make a pretty sweet elk-stick. Thoughts?

#9518421 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: 1899guy]  
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I like it but would have set aside the original stock and had a new stock and forearm made for it but then I'm a collector as well as a user. I'll bet an earlier lever safety lever could be fitted easily also.


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#9518740 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: wyo1895]  
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I never seem to be able to do this right but hopefully this time it took. You will see the clunky, unrefined forearm has been slimmed down to what was the norm in the time of the 99 in its prime, where time was spent on details and proper fitting, unlike the latter years. Also excess weight was taken off in the wrist. This is now one of my favorite hunting guns. Oh, and the reason I am removing the plating from this lever and having it properly case colored, v/s just purchasing a different lever and saving the original, is that I don't want any of my decendants who might inherit this gun, to look like a Pimp. Just too gaudy with that brass lever. Compare this with the 75th Anniversary units out of the box, and I think this one looks a lot better. As far as the oft-mentioned quality of the latter 99's, this one works just great.

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#9518845 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: 1899guy]  
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Originally Posted by 1899guy
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I never seem to be able to do this right but hopefully this time it took. You will see the clunky, unrefined forearm has been slimmed down to what was the norm in the time of the 99 in its prime, where time was spent on details and proper fitting, unlike the latter years. Also excess weight was taken off in the wrist. This is now one of my favorite hunting guns. Oh, and the reason I am removing the plating from this lever and having it properly case colored, v/s just purchasing a different lever and saving the original, is that I don't want any of my decendants who might inherit this gun, to look like a Pimp. Just too gaudy with that brass lever. Compare this with the 75th Anniversary units out of the box, and I think this one looks a lot better. As far as the oft-mentioned quality of the latter 99's, this one works just great.

She's more perty now! How does that crescent butt plate feel behind the .308's recoil?


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#9519024 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: sayak]  
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Its fine when hunting but at the shooting bench, if its warm and you are wearing a t-shirt and it is just right, it will pinch the crap out of your arm-pit, against the shooting bench. All in all though, I do like it. I don't think you will find a more accurate version of a 99.

#9519267 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: 99guy]  
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Looks like something a pimp might buy.

#9519313 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: BIG_JOE]  
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Pimps don't buy rifles.
If they did they would be pink or purple with way more bling, and probably not a lever action.


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#9519356 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: sayak]  
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I think that has come up nice, as you have already modified it why not not have the barrel set back and chambered for 300 savage, if its not at 22" get it cut and re crowned. Might as well get it checkered like on the Ks. That would look sweet

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#9519365 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: johno]  
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Don't look bad at all, any idea how much weight was removed with the wood? Pretty sure I wouldn't go to that much effort for a 75th Anniversary, but if I ever find one of those octagon barreled 99C's it'd be nice to restock or refinish and hunt it. But I can understand you wanting to.

#9519549 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: Calhoun]  
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Thanks for your input "Big Joe". On a more serious note, johno, where would I get something like that done, in regard to rechambering?? Since I already have it in .308 and it shoot so well, I would not change this one, but I have a few others that I might change. Your input is appreciated. Calhoun, no idea on the wood but the guy who does this sends me photo's sometimes and watching what he does to the stocks, in regard to removing wood, makes me weak in the knee's. Glad I am not there to see him do it but once done, the 99's that start out "clunky" and unrefined sure do look sweet. I know to the purists this is not a good thing to do but I have owned a few 99's made in the 70's and 80's, and always hated the lack of refinement on the stocks. Am pleased so far with this one. I think it will look pretty good with a case colored lever. Any thoughts on the fugly front sight? Never been a fan but that was the style back in the early days, right? Or is the material wrong?

#9519622 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: 1899guy]  
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Any competent gunsmith with a 300 savage reamer can do that, all your doing is shortening the over all length of your chamber so you can crib the 300 reamer a bit deeper to get past the 308 dimensions. You loose maybe 1/2" of of threads and the somith simply re threads it deeper. I don't explain things very well mate but i'm sure oldgunsmith or gunplumber, one of the boys here can do a much better job.

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#9520112 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: johno]  
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Shorten the barrel and the forearm stud is in the wrong place to mate with the hole.

Probably easier to buy another postmil in 300 and swap barrels.

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#9520335 - 01/16/15 Re: Why does everyone hate the 75th Anniversary Savage 99? [Re: Calhoun]  
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Just have to do a little pruning on the forend then Rory, thats what chain saws are for. You have to do that if correct head space issues that way also

Johno

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