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Old 11-23-2010, 05:46 PM
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I've got a savage model 99e carbine. Based on the serial number, I am led to believe it was made in 1951. I love the little gun, but I don't really like the rotary mag. Is there a kit or something available that changes the action to a removeable magazine? It all functions properly, I just do lots of jump-out-of-the-truck-and-shoot style hunting. And here, it's not legal to have bullets in your gun while in a vehicle (I assume it's not legal anywhere). So I want a savage model 99 with an external mag. There isn't one for sale in the city, I've called every gun shop. Thanks.
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P.S. It's chambered in .243 win.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:28 PM
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If you want a box mag, you've got the wrong gun. Your only practical option is to buy or trade for a box mag version.
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:59 AM
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If I remember right the some 99 models had box mags in the late 70's through to productions end. Just need to find one or get a BLR or Winchest 88 or Sake Finnwolf.
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:39 AM
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Yes the 99 has a removable mag model made from the late 60's through the 80's . They are less desireable with collectors, so better price for you. In fact I seen at the local shop last week that looked brand new for $469 in 308 Win. I have one in 308 and it shoots great.
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:37 PM
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Yes the 99 has a removable mag model made from the late 60's through the 80's . They are less desireable with collectors, so better price for you. In fact I seen at the local shop last week that looked brand new for $469 in 308 Win. I have one in 308 and it shoots great.
Actually that's exactly what I'm looking for. HAHA. So I guess I just gotta wait around till one turns up somewhere? Thanks.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:00 PM
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I just purchased two model 99's last week. I won the bid on a 99E in 243 on Gunbroker; and when I went to pay for it, the guy had a 99C in 308 that I couldn't pass up. I had to call my bank to tell them not to let me have any more $$'s 'cause he had two more... a 303 and a 300. LOL
The 99C is the clip fed version w/ the top tang safety, and I believe they were manufactured from the late 60's. The top tang safety was introduced in 1960, I think. I chose the 243 and the 308 for both functional use and ammunition availability. The 99's I chose for the esthetics, accuracy, and craftmanship. There are both nicer guns and more collectable guns than these two, but these will be my wintertime projects this winter.
I'm having both guns shipped home (FFL and state rules), but I can't wait to get home to play w/ them. They're my Xmas present this year... to myself, don't you know...
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Old 12-03-2010, 03:25 PM
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[I've got a savage model 99e carbine, but I don't really like the rotary mag.

Is there a kit or something available that changes the action to a removeable magazine?
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No, The rotary magazine Model 99's have a solid receiver bottom that's not easily nor inexpensively convertible to a detachable (clip) magazine.



[ I want a savage model 99 with an external mag.] - You need to buy a Model 99-C, which has a detachable magazine ("C"=clip)

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Old 12-03-2010, 05:37 PM
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I just picked up my 2 Savage 99's from the FFL dealer today. I was hoping to remove the rear sight from the 243 to use on the 308, but it won't interchange. I need a dovetail sight, but I'm not sure which one to get.
Numrich has a folding 3/8 DT that they say will work on the 99C Series A, which is what I have. They also have a 3/8 dovetail w/ riser that they say will fit the 99C. I prefer the riser sight to the folding sight, but I'm not sure if it will fit the Series A 99C. Could some of you experts on the 99's give me some advice?
It seems to me that they should interchange, but I don't know. They're about the same price from Numrich, so I probably could try the riser one 1st and then exchange it for the fold down later. But I'd rather not have to go through all that...

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99's are great I love mine in .308
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I have two 99s, a .308 and a .250/3000. They were bought new and are M99As. They also have the rotary mag with counter which I like very much. The mag can be quickly emptied by cycling the action without completely closing the bolt. They also both wear scopes. Years ago I had a .308 M99, a really nice rifle, with a detachable box mag. I really liked that rifle, too, but traded it in a moment of weakness.
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This is my older 99C with detachable box magazine. It's a KEEPER!!

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Old 03-20-2011, 12:44 AM
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I've got a savage model 99e carbine. Based on the serial number, I am led to believe it was made in 1951. I love the little gun, but I don't really like the rotary mag. Is there a kit or something available that changes the action to a removeable magazine? It all functions properly, I just do lots of jump-out-of-the-truck-and-shoot style hunting. And here, it's not legal to have bullets in your gun while in a vehicle (I assume it's not legal anywhere). So I want a savage model 99 with an external mag. There isn't one for sale in the city, I've called every gun shop. Thanks.
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P.S. It's chambered in .243 win.
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Savage didn't introduce the Model 99 in .243 until 1956, so your rifle wasn't made in 1951.

Your rifle's rotary magazine is more highly prized by collectors and the majority of 99 owners than the "C" model ("clip"). The best quality Model 99s were made prior to Savage's move from Chicopee Falls, MA. to Westfield, MA. in 1960.

Your rifle probably has a Lever Boss Code ("LBC") which is the most accurate indicator of what year your rifle was manufactured. I have extensive records of the years of manufacture of the Model 99. If you give me the LBC, I can tell you the year of manufacture.

The LBC is located inside a small, lightly impressed OVAL on the lower front side of the receiver. Since the oval and the LBC are lightly struck, you may not see a whole OVAL (not a circle).

The LBC will show as a number followed by a letter. The number is the inspector's personal number and the letter is an indicator of the year of manufacture. Savage began using the LBC in 1949... beginning with the letter "A". As an example of the LBC, if Inspector #12 had done the inspection on the rifle, the LBC would appear like this inside an OVAL: 12A

You may have to use a magnifying glass to clearly see the Lever Boss Code inside the OVAL. If you find and post your rifle's LBC & serial number on this thread, I'll be able to tell you the year of manufacture of your rifle.

In 1950, the LBC letter was changed to "B". In 1951, it was changed to "C" and so on through the alphabet ending with "Y" in 1971. The letters "O" and "Q" were skipped due to their close similarity.

The first major change to the original 1899 design was introduced in 1965 with the introduction of the "C" model ("C"="Clip") which had a detachable box magazine with a push-release button on the receiver's right side. This is the first model 99 with a quick-detachable clip replacing the famous Savage rotary magazine which is a feature you mentioned you wanted.

With a quick release magazine model (the Model C), you could keep a loaded clip in your pocket and get out of the vehicle, step off the roadway, quickly put the loaded clip into the empty rifle, operate the lever and you'd be ready to "rock 'n roll". However, most States don't allow shooting from or across the roadway, so you should check the regulations where you hunt.

I hope this information is of help to you...


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