POTD — Savage 1899 Takedown Rifle

While at the FFL today doing a transfer, I happened to notice a Savage 1899 on the shelf. Most don’t even “see” these rifles since they aren’t black and tactical. But I have been eyeing the type for quite a while. Just waiting to see what comes down the road.

Here we have a Savage 1899. It is more commonly known as the Savage 99.

Savage 1899 Takedown Rifle

They come in a few different “crazy weird” calibers. This one happens to be in Savage 250-3000. Is a takedown. And even has a nice, original carrying case. Not bad for a rifle made in 1916.

For those in the know, yes this does have the magazine round count window and mechanism.

Here you see the rifle taken down. Notice the case made for it? Even more cool!

Am I interested? You bet! I will buy it? Not sure. I was there picking up something that already is crazy expensive. Besides, I need to do some research on 250-3000 and see if it’s obtainable and how it shoots in these relatively light rifle.

Stay tuned.

 

Marky
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  • I have been eyeing these hard. Does anyone know anything about Savage 250-3000 caliber?

    Marky

    • MickeyG

      I don’t know much about 250-3000, but I’ve got a Model 99 made in 1895 in .30 Caliber (30-30) that is a great shooter. Got it from one of my grandfathers.

      • Cool! How is felt recoil with 30-30?

        Marky

        • MickeyG

          Recoil is lighter than with a Model ’94 Wnchester. 🙂

          • MickeyG

            Also like that you can use pointed rounds in the ’99’s magazine !

          • Very true.

            —Marky

          • Growing up, some friends of the family had a 30-30 that they all affectionally called, “The Little Mule”.

            😉

            Marky

  • Jeffrey Scott Boyer

    http://www.chuckhawks.com/25cal.htm
    One of the first 3000 fps cartridges, the write up in Wikipedia, for what it’s worth, said the cartridge inventor wanted a 100 grain bullet at 2800fps but savage lowered the bullet to 87 grains because they wanted to have the fastest cartridge. In my mind it’s the original 6.5 for North America.

    • Matt

      It might be similar to the 6.5 of today in terms of pushing boundaries of the time, but it’s 25 cal not 26 cal. You might be aware of this but figured I’d clarify if not.

      • I know in some circles the 25 caliber is trying to make a return appearance. I doubt 250 Savage is the flavor that will win though.

        —Marky

    • I can see that.

      —Marky

  • Matt Moore

    I don’t know much about the .250-3000 cartridge except what is written up in Wikipedia (like Jeffrey Scott Boyer posted with the chuckhawks link)…
    I happen to have a newer Model 99 (mfg’d cir. 1964; still has rotary mag, but has the tang safety (not the one in the trigger guard/lever) and was factory drilled and tapped for scope rings) chambered in .284 Win that was my late father’s…I love the elegance of the design, the feel and ease of handling.. and that it’s one of those “oddball” guns…
    I’m something of an oddball myself..
    I own the Model 99, used to own a 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado 850 (my late parts guy called it a “bitsa” bike because the PO assembled it from several different bikes), I have an EAA Witness-P in .45ACP, a Sig P-290RS, two Colt Colteer 4-22 semi-auto rifles…used to have a sporterized .303 Enfield (not sure which #/Mk series, except that it had the squared hammer/cocking indicator), and a Springfield/Savage Model 67 12ga. pump, both used to be my father’s and I’ve given those to my brothers…
    I’ve seen a couple 99s floating around, but never had the $$ when they were in the affordable range, and some are wanting crazy $$ for others. I think the price tag on that one seems about right for the caliber and that it’s a take-down, condition seems ok, could be better, but could be much worse.
    My LGS currently has a 99 in .22 HP (.22 High Power/5.6x52mmR) for $1100 and one in .300 Savage for $700… both somewhat older vintage like that one
    The only thing I’ve heard/read about the take-down models is that you don’t want to be constantly taking it apart/putting it together due to the wear on the barrel/receiver interface that loosens up the barrel..

    If it were me and I had the $ to spare, I’d snap it up… but I never have $$
    😉
    Matt

    • I once saw a .22 HP version that had a conversion for 22LR. Imagine that!!!

      Marky

  • DFISH

    Most people call it the .250 savage these days. Great light recoiling deer rifle.

    • Ever shot the 308? How is the recoil? Assuming the rifle is not heavy.

      —Marky

      • DFISH

        Recoil was negligible. Its nothing to shoot 50 rounds in a sitting. Its such a fun and unique platform. Im much more a fan of the 99 than say a model 94 winchester or a 336 marlin. Just from the the aspect of loading pointed bullets. Turns a 200 yard gun into a 400 yard gun.

        • Very cool. I have been debating picking up a 308 since that is a standard load in the armory.

          —Marky

    • P.S. Good to know it’s called 250 Savage. That helps.

      —Marky