SOLD FOR: $1375
Make: Savage Arms Corporation
Model: 99 EG
Serial Number: 964488
Year of Manufacture: 1959
Caliber: .308 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Action with Rotary Magazine
Markings: The front of the lever boss is marked with a circled “11K”. The left side of the barrel is marked “308 WIN” with an ovalled “SP” proof. The top of the barrel is marked “SAVAGE ARMS CORPORATION / CHICOPEE FALLS, MASS. U.S.A.”. The right side of the barrel is marked “HI-PRESSURE STEEL – PROOF TESTED”. The underside of the receiver is marked “964488”. The left of the chamber ring is marked “SAVAGE / MODEL 99” and with an inspection mark.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed into a serrated ramp fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notched flip-up semi-buckhorn elevator sight dovetailed into the barrel, the elevator is missing. The top tang is drilled, tapped, and filled. The top of the receiver is installed with a one-piece Leupold-style rail, rings, and a Leupold 2×7 VARI-X IIc scope. The scope has some scattered light wear from handling. The scope has a duplex reticle and the glass is clear, it rates in about Excellent condition. The rings have a custom camo finish
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a pistol grip with a black checkered hard rubber grip cap, straight comb, schnabel tip forend, and a serrated shotgun style buttplate. There is a small crack on the bottom of the wrist at the rear the tang. There is another crack on the top of the wrist at the rear of the tang. There are a few little a few scattered light compression and little nicks into the finish. There are a few scratches, most noticeable on the buttstock. There are some light handling marks. The checkering is strong with a few nicked peaks. The LOP is 13 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some finish loss around the edges, scratches, and some light surface oxidation. The stocks rate in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued with Case Color Lever
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling, there is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The receiver has some scattered little spots of oxidation on the receiver and some thinning on the edges. The lever has finish loss, spots of oxidation, spots of discoloration from previous oxidation, and some little nicks. There are some little spots of oxidation on the barrel. There is some finish loss on the sides of the barrel at the muzzle and a few little spots of discoloration from previous oxidation. There are a couple of little nicks and light hairline scratches on the barrel. There are some spots of dark discoloration from previous oxidation on the bolt. The screwheads are mostly sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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 is a Model 99 EG, a solid frame model made with a checkered pistol-grip stock and a Schnabel tipped forend. The rifle has a 24” barrel and comes with iron sights and a scope, with its upper tang drilled, tapped and filled for an aperture tang sight. This rifle is in great condition for its age and has a bright bore with sharp rifling, a great addition to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!