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Old November 17th, 2014, 04:17 PM   #1
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Model 99 Still getting it done

Just like Grandpa's Auto 5 (Auto 5) Grandpa's Savage Model 99 chambered in 300 Savage still getting it done. I shot a coyote back in 2005 with it, and my first deer in 2007. Yesterday I shot my 2nd deer (first one in Montana) with it. He's not a wall hanger, but he is mine, and after 7 years of not getting a deer and only getting out 3 of the past 7 years, I'm happy with him.

150 grain Barnes MRX bullet (now discontinued) being pushed by 38.5 grains of IMR 4895 getting 2496 fps with a standard deviation of 13 fps (disclaimer: that data is from only two 3 shot groups).

He was bedded with 3 does down at the bottom of a cliff in a creek bottom. Shot him from about 176 feet. My aim was a bit off so instead of hitting him in the vitals, I hit him in the neck and severed his spin. His head just flopped over and that was it. He didn't even flinch. You can see where I shot him from in the second picture.

Funny thing is Grandpa's only deer was a little forkie back in 1960 or so. He hit that one in the neck. And here in 2014, I nail a forkie in the neck too. I think the rifle likes hitting forkies in the neck.
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Old November 17th, 2014, 05:47 PM   #2
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Those 99's are all class. Nice deer too. Thanks for posting.

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Old November 17th, 2014, 06:00 PM   #3
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No question as to the class a Savage 99 has going for it. Read an account of Mr. Savage upon developing the rifle and sales were slow, he personally went on a tour to various outlets/stores and wanted to learn first hand why they were not selling his rifle. From the account he was not always diplomatic and in no uncertain terms explained that the merchant was dong his business a disservice for not promoting his rifle. He was of course correct and his Model 99 was way ahead of it's time in design. It is still one fine hunting rifle and your results prove it. Well done.

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Old November 17th, 2014, 06:03 PM   #4
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Nice buck and a nice rifle. The 99's are a timeless piece of rifle hunting history. My brother will be using his the first week of December.It was our grandfathers. Congrats

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Old November 17th, 2014, 06:29 PM   #5
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The 99 is on my Wish List... Just a beautiful example of a lever gun!

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Old November 17th, 2014, 06:35 PM   #6
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Surprisingly, I love the Model 99, in .300 Savage being such an M14/semi auto/battle rifle guy. A friend had a nice one that was scoped when I was younger, that rifle rocks, couldn't miss with it. You have a solid beautiful rifle there, love it. Thanks for sharing the pics.

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Old November 19th, 2014, 05:12 AM   #7
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Congrats on that buck! A buddy of mine owns a Savage 99 in 300 Savage and he loves it! I haven't bought one yet, but I've been very very close! The are a very smoothe cycling rifle and the performance of the 300Sav round is great!

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Old November 19th, 2014, 05:41 AM   #8
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Growing up a friends father had a 300savage model 99, we all thought it hit like a bolt of lightning. Nice to see yours does too. I can't imagine hunting with my grandfathers rifle. Your quite a fortunant man to be able to, and congrats on your deer.

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Old November 20th, 2014, 10:12 PM   #9
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This is mine now I guess, was my fathers. He bought this 99E in Sav300 new in the mid 50’s right after I was born. He took many a Antelope with it while working in NM. I had just put a new scope on it for the 2010-11 deer season when he got sick and died. He had just turned 97 years old. It stays in the cabinet now. I take it out now and then just to wipe it down and oil it like he did.


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My brother will be hunting with his 99 in a Sav 300 he has had many years, he also has 99 in a 350 Rem don't hear much about those... 99s are timeless classics

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Old July 27th, 2015, 05:20 AM   #11
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I absolutely adore the Savage 99. I bought a 99C in the late 70's in .308 to keep the ammo the same as my M1A. They used to be made near my old stomping grounds in the Adirondacks, in Utica, NY. (But mine was made in Chicopee, MA.)

I will go to my grave regreting never having purchased one chambered in .358 Winchester. (I still have 200 brass cases I bought prematurely, in anticipation of the buy.)

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Old July 27th, 2015, 10:36 AM   #12
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Great gun. Nice buck.

Funny you mention auto 5. I have a savage 99 in 300 savage that belonged to my paternal grandfather and an A5 that belonged to my maternal grandfather. My brother has the 99 that belonged to our maternal grandfather. hes killed a cow elk and several deer with his. My dad just gave my mine a few weeks ago. Shortly Before he passed, my grandpa gave me his a5 at Christmas. I took a few pheasant with it a few weeks later and made him a nice pheasant dinner to thank him. Havent shot it since he passed, it's sitting in the safe for my son one day. I'd like to take the 300 sav of mine and get a pig or deer. My dads dad died when my dad was 14 so he didn't get to hunt with him and my dad didn't hunt with me. I had to take it up on my own. But to hold it as it's the only tangible thing I have that connects me to my grandfather I never met.

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I so kick myself for letting go of a M99 in .300 with a brass rotating follower. The rifle was so smooth and such a sweet shooter. I was young, stupid, and, well, young and stupid...

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I have one in .308, use it as a saddle gun. Love it. Traded an old 110 in .243 for it. Best trade I ever made.

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Old November 16th, 2015, 07:18 PM   #15
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And yet again, Grandpa's Model 99 delivers

Shot him yesterday with about half an hour of shooting time left. Had to drag him 9/10th of a mile in the dark.

Unfortunately, I have gotten good at hitting critters on the run after I miss them with the first shot, or two.

Hit this guy with the third shot and dropped him. It's ok though, Grandpa's 99 knows what to do even if the guy shooting doesn't.

My M1A is the Doe Slayer, Dad's Ruger is the Antelope Getter, but Grandpa's Savage is the Buck Killer. All three of my bucks have been with the Savage.
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