Sold For: $1,085
Make: Savage Arms Corporation
Model: 99-F Featherweight
Serial Number: 1036824
Year of Manufacture: 1962, C&R (N Date Code)
Caliber: .308 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Action with Rotary Magazine. This rifle is a solid frame model.
Markings: The left of the receiver’s chamber ring is marked “SAVAGE / MOEL 99 / X”. The left of the chamber is marked “308 WIN” and the top is marked with an ovalled “SP”. The top of the barrel is marked “SAVAGE ARMS CORPORATION / WESTFIELD, MASS. U.S.A.”. The left side of the chamber is marked “HI-PRESSURE STEEL – PROOF TESTED / MODEL – 99F”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The lever base is marked with an ovalled “10N”.
Barrel Length: 22″ Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a serrated, ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding “V”-notch semi-buckhorn sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The top of the receiver is installed with a pair of bases that secure a pair of rings holding a Leupold Model M8-4X scope. The scope is now plum and has some scattered draglines, little nicks, mottled discoloration, and a few small scrapes. The edges of the lens housings have scrapes. The scope has a crosshair and the glass is Leupold clear. It rates in about Good-Very Good condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece wood. The forend is checkered and has a sling stud that functions as the stock screw. The buttstock is smooth and has a pistol grip, monte carlo comb with a cheekpiece, brown vent rubber buttpad, and a sling stud. The forend has some scattered impact marks, the heaviest impact marks are on the left side in the checkering and on the right side at the top edge. The buttstock has some infrequently scattered impact marks and scuffs. The most noticeable defects are on the comb, belly down by the heel, and on the cheekpiece. The LOP measures 13 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and 12 ¾” to the back of the wood. The White Line pad has some light wear but has remained pliable. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 87% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at the edges. The receiver has freckled frost. The lever has some little scratches and mottled discoloration. The muzzle has some impact marks. The barrel has some scattered scuffs that have thinned the finish, small impact marks, and some little nicks. The liver has a few spots of finish loss with pinpricks from oxidation that was scrubbed out. The action has standard operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear but rounded due to new finish. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It has a sliding tang safety that locks the lever and the trigger. The lever locks up tightly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is the previously described Leupold scope.
Our Assessment: The Savage 1899/99 model rifles have quite a history. They were preceded by the Model 1895, which was the first hammerless lever-action rifle produced. A hammerless action was useful as it reduces the lock time, allows the rifle to be fired more accurately and is less likely to jam in brush or snag in clothing. The 1895 and 1899/99 models used a rotary magazine to hold the cartridges, using a spring-loaded spool with grooves. The 1899/99 models added a counter to the spool to indicate how many rounds are loaded. This design allowed the use of spitzer bullets, which could not be used in the Winchester rifles of the times because the pointed tips in the tubular magazines could cause accidental discharge. This gave Savage a lead in producing rifles that could handle high velocity smokeless powder cartridges with bullets offering flatter trajectories than other lever-action designs. This example is a model 99-F Featherweight chambered for the .308 Winchester cartridge. Produced in 1962, this rifle is in Very Good condition with wear consistent with use in the field, a good bore and strong mechanics, plus it even comes topped with a sweet Leupold scope. This will make a great addition to a Savage collection or a hunting rifle with another lifetime’s worth of use left in it. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R eligible rifle CAN be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.