SOLD FOR: $1182.57
Make: Savage Arms Corporation
Model: 99 EG
Serial Number: 909630
Year of Manufacture: 1956
Caliber: .308 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Action with Rotary Magazine
Markings: The front of the lever boss is marked with an encircled “16H”. 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 “909630”. The left of the chamber ring is marked “SAVAGE / MODEL 99”.
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 has been removed and there is a flat metal filler dovetailed into the barrel. The tang is installed with a Williams aperture peep sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a pistol grip with a hard rubber grip cap, straight comb, schnabel tip forend, and an aftermarket buttpad. There are some scuffs, compressions, thinned finish, and some scratches. The most noticeable marks are on the comb. The checkering is strong with a few scattered light marks. The LOP is 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and 12″ to the wood. The pad has some scattered light wear. 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 92% of its metal finish. The receiver has a few scattered spots of minor surface oxidation. There are a couple of hairline scratches on the receiver, most noticeable on the left side. There are a few little scuffs and light marks on the receiver. The lever has finish loss and a few small spots of oxidation. There are a few hairline scratches scattered over the barrel. There are a few little scuffs on the top of the chamber. There are a few little spots of oxidation on the right side of the front sight base. The screwheads are 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: None.
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 an 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. This is a nice vintage lever action that will be a nice addition to your C&R collection. Please see our photos and good luck!