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Old 09-10-2013, 10:46 AM   #1
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99 Savage .308

I am looking at a 99 Savage in .308 and have a couple of questions for anyone if you know. The fore grip/stock is checkered and the butt stock is not. I have seen and own several 99's but never this combo. Is this normal or did someone put together some parts? It looks like the same wood. Also, the rear sight is gone and the gun has been drilled for a scope. How bad will this be for value?
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:37 PM   #2
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Are you a collector or a shooter?

As far as value, depends on the collector or the buyer, but in general, yes, unless the gun was drilled and tapped by the factory, you've put a serious dent in what you expect to ask for the gun should you want to re-sell it. Savage 99 fans tend to be especially fussy about this.

If you're a shooter, like me, a gun that has been drilled and tapped by a previous owner might not a negative, depending on the price. If you are going to buy the gun and scope it, anyway, check first to see if it has the mounts. If it doesn't, that's a headache you don't need. It's no fun to guess which mounts a previous owner used and then go hunting for them. Been there and done that. Not fun.

Have a friend who just bought an old 99 with a peep sight. From what he reports on the accuracy, that gun really should have a scope. Being the accuracy nut I am, I'd have a very hard time not scoping such a gun.

A fore arm that is checkered and a butt stock that is not would make me nervous, yes, but with all the many, many variations with the 99, who knows for sure. Again, price is everything. If the seller is asking a price worthy of an unmolested all factory gun, then it should be all original in every way.

Best of luck.
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I am certainly no model 99 expert but... I do not believe that it would have left the factory without both buttstock and forearm either checkered or plain; not any combination of the two. Plus I do not think that it would be unusual for a rifle chambered in .308 to be drilled and tapped for a scope- being a relatively modern chambering. If the price is reasonable, I would buy it.
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I shoot what I collect. Hope that makes sense........He is asking $350 for it but it appears that it has maybe had the wood reworked. I would guess the scope was put on many many years ago so that will be an issue as it is not on it now.
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Even with mismatched wood and a drilled and tapped receiver. $350 is cheap for any model 99 where I live.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:24 AM   #6
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I agree. $350 for any 99 is dirt cheap. Buy it. Anythig that shoots, around here, still brings $600.
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$350 for a M99 is a deal especially if it was made before 1960. They are shooters and fine hunting rifles. The only issue may be finding a smith that can fix it if something breaks.
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