SOLD FOR: $1232
Make: Savage Arms
Model: 1895 75th Anniversary Commemorative
Serial Number: 3841AS
Year of Manufacture: 1970
Caliber: .308 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Action with Rotary Magazine
Markings: The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number “3841AS”. The top of the barrel is marked “SAVAGE ARMS, WESTFIELD, MASS. U.S.A. PATENTED FEB. 7.1893 / HI-PRESSURE STEEL – PROOF-TESTED CAL. 308 WIN.”. The top of the chamber has an ovalled “SP” proof, the left shoulder of the chamber is marked with an ovalled “10X”, and the right shoulder is marked “24X”. The left side of the receiver has scroll engraving and is marked “SAVAGE / ARMS”. The right side of the receiver is marked with scroll engraving and “MODEL / 1895”. The left side of the chamber ring is marked “Z”.
Barrel Length: 24” Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass blade in a slotted base dovetailed into the barrel. The rear sight is a two-position flip-up elevator sight, when up it is a “V” notch and when down it is a square notch. The top of the receiver has two pairs of drilled, tapped, and filled holes.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth walnut with a straight grip, straight comb, Schnabel tip forend, and a crescent brass plated metal buttplate. The right side of the buttstock has an inlaid 75th Anniversary Medallion. There are a few compressions, most noticeable on the right cheek of the buttstock. There are some scattered light marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP is 13 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some light tarnish and a few little nicks. The stocks rate in about Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued with Brass Plated Lever
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The majority of the wear is thinning to the brass plating on the lever. The receiver has light handling marks. There are a couple of faint marks on the receiver and a bit of faint finish wear on some of the edges. There is some faint finish wear on the edges of the octagonal barrel towards the muzzle. There are some scattered light handling marks. The screwheads are sharp to lightly worn with serviceable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent 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 a serial matching box with paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: The Savage 1895/1899/99 model rifles have quite a history. Unlike many of the lever actions on the market at the time, Savage chose to use a hammerless design for their lever action. 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 has a cocking indicator on the top of the bolt which can be viewed through a hole in the top of the bolt. The 1895 and 1899/99 models used a rotary magazine to hold the cartridges, using a spring-loaded spool with grooves with 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 their later 75th Anniversary rifle chambered in .308 Winchester with an octagonal barrel. 10,000 were produced in 1970 only to celebrate 75 years of the beloved lever action. This one looks great and even comes with its original box! It will make a great addition to your Savage or lever action rifle collection. Please see our photos and good luck!