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Revitalizing an Old War Horse

I have decided for the deer and elk hunts coming up in 2012 to bring my dads M99 300 Savage out of retirement and see just what it can do.  My mom bought it for him right after WWII and picked the M99 because my dad was blind in his right eye and having a lever action worked better for him than a right handed bolt rifle.  Now this rifle hasn't been shot in over 55 years and all I have done with it is take it out of the safe once a year and clean it and then I'll put it back into the safe.  I'm planning on sticking with factory rounds for a couple of reasons and the main one is that with it being a lever action the tolerances are a little bit tighter on the cases and the second one is that I don't have any empty cases to use.  It has a Lyman peep sight on it and I don't plan on putting a scope on it but use it the same way that my dad did the last time he took it out back in the late 50's. 

This sounds like I am going to have a fun project. 

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Sounds Like Fun!

What a great way to bring back good memories, bring a fine piece of American craftsmanship back into the field where it belongs and prove once again that ultra mags and three pound scopes aren't really needed to be successful.  Can't wait to read the stories of your upcomming season with the old soldier, from field practice to hunting.

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Sounds like a great old gun!

Sounds like a great old gun! A friend of mine used to hunt with one almost exactley like it for many years with great results.

The gun was the same other than he may have had a scope but I realll don't remember.

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Great rifles

I've owned a couple of Savage M99s, both in .300 Savage. One took a decent Tennessee buck on it's first day in the woods, ever. That one was topped with an old Lyman All-American 3X scope which has since moved to a 1952 M70 in '06. Nothing better than an older classic rifle on a hunt!

Best of luck on your journey readying that fine old rifle! Thumbs up   

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Great idea! That is not a

Great idea! That is not a saddle ring is it? Frind of mine in Montana years ago had a mod 99 saddle ring in 303 Savage. Savage rep offered him a ton of money for it. Local collector offered him sixty bucks!

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Great Gun I have two 99s in 300 Savage and one in 308.

Since it is post WWII I am pretty sure that makes it a Chickopee Falls, MA gun.  I would not worry to much about the age my two 300's are from the 30's and they can still take a pounding in the field.  Factory ammo is a little restricted; Rmingtom still makes a 150 gr core lock  as does Federal in their "soft Point".  That is about it for the big boys.  If you want a more high tec (also more weight) look at "Double Tap Ammo"  they put out a loaded 300 savage round with a 165 gr Nosler Acupoint bullet in it.  I shoot the factory Rem's out of my open sighted 99 and the double taps out of my scoped one.  I buy the double taps through "midway.com" but I think you can also buy direct from DT?

Also since you are headed into the land of Savage 99 here is a great website;                              http://www.savage99.com/index.htm        There is a place here where you can plug in the S number off your dads gun and it will tell you the exact year it was made.  Also the guy that runs the site is very knowledgable about the guns and is very good at getting back to you if you have any questions.

Good luck with a great gun!

 

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I am planning on getting some

I am planning on getting some Remington or Whinchester 150 gr loads for the rifle since that is what my dad always shot out of it.  I did have a box of Remington Peters Clean Bore 150's but after 3 moves they have been put away somewhere and forgotten.  At least they will be until I retire the rifle again and find them in a couple of years. 

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