SOLD FOR: $1000.99
Model: 1899-F Saddle Gun
Serial Number: 68.415
Year of Manufacture: 1907
Caliber: .25-35 WCF
Action Type: Lever Action with Rotary Magazine. This rifle is a solid frame model.
Markings: The top of the barrel has remains of a Savage two-line address but they are faint. The left side of the chamber is marked “.35-35”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 20” Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade in a slotted base dovetailed into the barrel. The rear of the barrel has a flat dovetail filler installed. The rear sight is a Marbles aperture peep sight mounted to the tang. The rear sight is loose and will not stay in position.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth walnut with a straight grip, straight comb, schnabel tip forend, and a metal carbine buttplate. There are repaired cracks on the top of the wrist. The stocks have been refinished. There are some scattered scuffs, minor compressions, and little marks through the finish. There are some scattered light handling marks. The LOP is 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the plate. The plate is slightly proud. The plate has been refinished and has scattered areas of oxidation, scratches, scuffs, erosion, and mottled discoloration. The stocks rate in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued with Case Color Lever
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is dark, the rifling is worn but is still well defined. There are some scattered areas of erosion and light pitting throughout.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 65% of its metal finish. There is scattered erosion and pitting under the finish. The most noticeable pitting is on the receiver, particularly the bottom, and on the lever. There is mottled thinning and finish loss. There is a coat of mottled discolroation. There are some scattered nicks and scuffs. The screwheads are tool marked with serviceable slots. The serial number is clear, the rest of the markings are light and some have been removed when the gun was refinished. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good-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: 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 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 1899 saddle ring with a smooth straight grip stock, a Schnabel tipped forend, and a 20” barrel. This is a perfect lever action for the range or the field! Please see our photos and good luck!