Savage 99-G Deluxe Takedown 2 Barrel Set .303 Sav. 20″ .410 GA 22″ C&R

Sold for $2759.29

Make: Savage Arms Corporation

Model: 99-G Takedown, Two Barrel Set

Serial Number: 254989

Year of Manufacture: 1923

Caliber: .303 Savage, .410 bore 2 1/2? Barrel also included, see Accessories section.

Action Type: Lever Action with Rotary Magazine

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SAVAGE HI-PRESSURE STEEL / .303”. The top of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY SAVAGE ARMS CORP., UTICA, N.Y. U.S.A. / JULY 25. 1893, OCT. 3, 1899. SEP. 10. 1907. MAY. 25. 1909. JUNE. 1. 1909.”. The underside of the receiver is marked “254989”. The interior of the forend is stamped with the serial number. The right side of the front sight base is marked “PAT. SEPT. 4. 06”. The top of the chamber ring is marked “SAVAGE / 1899 MODEL”, this is a Model 99-G from the second year of their production from the period when Savage marketed them as 99-G but still marked the receivers 1899. The base of the lever is marked “S”.

Barrel Length: 20” Round

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade pinned into a slotted base that is machined into the barrel. The rear sight is a “U” notched flip-up sight dovetailed into the barrel. The top of the tang is installed with a Lyman flip up aperture peep sight.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a capped pistol grip, straight comb, Schnabel tip forend, and aftermarket buttpad. There are aftermarket circular inlays on the belly. There are holes from previously installed sling studs. There are some scattered nicks, scrapes, scratches, compressions, and areas of finish loss. There are scattered handling marks. There are areas of crazing and finish loss. The checkering is defined but has scattered marks. The LOP is approximately 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and 12 7/8″ to the wood. The aftermarket pad has some scattered moderate 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 mostly bright with sharp rifling. There are a some freckles of faint surface erosion.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its metal finish. There are some scattered areas of finish loss, thinning, nicks, scuffs, scratches, and spots of oxidation. There are a few areas that have patinaed, most noticeable on the bottom of the receiver. There are a couple of tiny spots of very light surface oxidation on the barrel. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The included .410 barrel is screwed into the receiver and the forend is held on with a bolt and screw mounted to the barrel with a clamp, this is factory. The .410 barrel is designed to convert the action to single shot, shotshells are too bulky for the rotary magazine. 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 fitted wood case and a .410 Bore barrel! The barrel is 22” and has a blued finish and brass bead front sight. The barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE SAVAGE ARMS CORP., UTICA, N.Y. U.S.A. / JULY 25. 1893, OCT. 3, 1899. SEP. 10. 1907. MAY. 25. 1909. JUNE. 1. 1909.” on top and “410” on the left of the chamber. The barrel has about 90% of its metal finish with some scattered little marks into the finish, spots of minor surface frost, and some scuffs that have thinned the finish. The bore is bright and there is no erosion but there are some scattered spots of stubborn fouling. The choke is Fixed Full. It rates in about Fine condition. The case is made of faux-leather and has a blue velvet interior. The handle is missing and some of the interior pieces have broken. Some of the hinge pins have been replaced with nails. There are some scattered scuffs and marks through the material.

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 one is marked 1899 on the chamber ring but is a model 99-G, it is from 1923. In the late 1910s and early 1920s Savage changed the name in the catalogs to Model 99 but continued marking the receivers 1899. This one comes with a .410 barrel which we rarely see. The barrel converts the rifle to a single shot shotgun and holds the forend in place with a clamp mounted bolt and screw on the barrel. This is an impressive setup in great condition not too often encountered and will be a great addition to your collection. Please see our photos and good luck!