SOLD FOR: $1275
Make: Savage Arms Corporation
Model: 99 EG
Serial Number: 739593
Year of Manufacture: 1953
Caliber: .300 Savage
Action Type: Lever Action with Rotary Magazine
Markings: The front of the lever boss is marked with a circled “16E”. The left side of the barrel is marked “300 SAVAGE” 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 “739593”. The top of the chamber ring is marked “SAVAGE / MODEL 99” and the left side is marked “H”.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed into a serrated ramp integral to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is missing and there is an empty dovetail cut at the rear of the barrel. The top tang is drilled, tapped, and filled. The top of the receiver is installed with a pair of bases, rings, and a Tasco 3-9 power scope. The scope has some thinning at the front. There are some scattered little nicks, scuffs, and scratches. The scope has a duplex reticle and the glass is clear, it rates in about Very Good condition.
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 are a few little dings into the wood, scuffs, light compressions, and light scratches. The checkering is strong. The LOP is 13 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some mottled discoloration, scratches, light erosion, and some spots of light oxidation. The stocks rate in about Fine 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 85% of its metal finish. The receiver has some thinning that has taken on discoloration and there are a few scattered areas of oxidation. There are a few little spots of pinprick erosion on the receiver. The lever has some finish loss, little nicks, and some oxidation. The barrel has a few little nicks, hairline scratches, spot of oxidation, and areas of thinning. There is some finish loss on the muzzle. The rear sight is missing. 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 Very Good 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 Tasco 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 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!