Savage Model 99
Category: Shotguns and Smoothbores
Savage Model 99 is a lever action rifle, manufactured by the Utica-based business in New York, the Savage Arms Company. The gun was designed in the year 1899 by Arthur William Savage, who is a businessman, discoverer and explorer. The business started manufacturing of this gun since 1899 and continued up to 1998. The different variants of the Savage Model 99 were manufactured during the years 1892, 1895 and 1899. Though the age of the Savage Model 99 has attained 100 years, the rifle is still a remarkable rifle among its users.
The Savage Model 99 rifle is one among the leading two or three lever action rifles ever manufactured. They are unique in design and in many ways, these rifles are a way ahead of their time when they were designed in the late 1890s.
The most distinguished feature of the Savage Model 99 is its rotating magazine. It was initially introduced on the Model 1895, and the magazine is made up of a machined brass spool that is capable of accommodating five cartridges. A new idea at the time was that the rifle was also provided with a petite hole in the side of the receiver that made the magazine to show the number of cartridges it was holding. The Savage Model 99 was the earliest hammerless lever rifle, and its coil-loaded firing pin had a much quicker lock time than the one fired by a rifle with a hammer. The rifle is also equipped with a physical cocking indicator over the receiver in the direction of its back where it could be checked effortlessly with the thumb. All of these modernisms were prior to their time.
Together with the cutting-edge developments to this lever-action rifle, it is designed with both cutting-edge chambering and the standbys. A .303 Savage rifle was at first planned to be used as a military rifle, but it has become the first chambering for the Savage Model 99. By means of its 190-grain cartridge, it earned a status as an immense bear and moose demolisher, in spite of the truth that ballistically the .303 is almost equal to the .30-30 Win. However, it was dropped from manufacture at the end of the Second World War, and bullets for the .303 can be hard to find today.
The receiver of the Savage Model 99 was too small to hold the government round, so Savage urbanized a smaller cartridge that came close to imitating the .30-06 ballistics. On the cusp of the thunderous 20s, the .300 Savage was introduced and established to be one among the most admired chambers for the Savage Model 99. After three decades, it was the foundation for growing the .308 Win or 7.62 NATO cartridges. During its manufacture the Savage Model 99 has also been manufactured in several chambering, such as 32 Win, .30-30 Win, .25-35 Win, .243 Win, .22-230, .308 Win, .284 Win, 7 mm-08 Rem, and .38-55 Win.
The Savage Model 99 rifle had a 98-year operation from 1899 to 1997, less some years of the war, with copious variations, each nominated by a letter or two following the model number. It stays as an admired deer gun in the east, and there are still some of them in the west. Collectors have a high regard for the Savage Model 99, and prices, though still rather high, have not increased to the levels of the previous models.