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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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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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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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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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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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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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[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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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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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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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... :)


Strength & Honor...

Ron T.
 

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Just recently picked up a 1979 Savage 99c series A. Both my wife and I prefer the "Clip"...lol. It actually is stamped Clip on the magazine. We have a rotary on another gun.

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:( Old thread, but that is not hunting.

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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Hello everyone, new to this lifestyle and am stoked about going on my first deer hunting trip Nov1 in NC. I'm 66 and retired US Army and am loving it. A friend of mine gave me a deer he killed and I saw his relative dress it and I knew there was a better way to do it so I have been reading up on it and watching a lot of You Tube vids. Anyway, to my point and post: I love lever action guns and purchased my first rifle for this hunt. It is a Savage 99 300 cal. I shot it at 25 yards and hit the kill zone on the target with every round but when I shot it a week later at about 40 yards in the woods I couldn't control my shots. I have a Lyman tang sight and a long blade on the barrel. Not sure what I need to do with this rifle but am considering getting a red dot sight mounted on the barrel. I need a better sight to make clean kills on whitetails in North Carolina. So, in addition to my sight issue, can't tell exactly what model of 99 I have here. My safety is near the lever, the gun is a full take down and from all the web pages on the Savage 99 everything points to a model 99G. Going according to the barrel length, old stock and for stock and butt plate. The symbol on the front of the lever on the receiver is an X inside a circle. There isn't any D and T for scope mounting so if I was to scope it I need a tang mounted scope bace and those aren't easy to find. Any help with identification is appreciated. Thanks everyone, signed "STOKED"
 

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You have a very nice rifle but are having trouble shooting it. My suggestion would be trade it for a rifle better suited for low power scope use and leave the old Savage original.
Is there a shop you can go to that has rifles already set up to see if it suits you?

Peep sights and thin blades usually don't go together well in the woods. A bead front is much easier, but if you're talking 'kill zone' groups at 25 yards and worse at 40..... Just changing front sights won't cure that. ;)

Buy or borrow a .22 rifle with a cheap scope and see how easy (it should be) to hit the end of a beer can every time at 25 yards. The same goes for a center-fire rifle but its harder for beginners to do because of the noise, recoil etc.

I guess the best advice is to find out if it's the rifle, the sights or the shooter first and then make a decision how to fix it. :)
 
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What have you shot in the past and what kind of sighting device do you feel comfortable with ? Not everyone is comfortable using aperture (peep) sights. Keep that 99 original and give it more time and practice, meanwhile I agree with jbelk on getting a scoped rifle and see if that suits you better. A picture of your 99 would help, but one of the more common( and attractive) one is the 99EG. It has a schnable forend.
 

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Have a 99-300 Savage one could try to make something out of. It could be available. It is not a C-I thought the rotary mag was what made the 99 so desirable.


Ive been told and read to NEVER disassemble the rotary mag..
 

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What is it Langenc? a 99 what? Year would help. or serial.
 
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