I've had each flavor on the list over the years, plus a Win Mdl 88. I prefer the Savage 99 to all the rest and kept only my 99 in 300. It has a Weaver K3 in Weaver pivot mounts...great woods setup. I shot my first antelope and deer in 1959 with a 99 FW in 243 with a Weaver K4.
In 1960 My dad took me to BC for a woodland caribou hunt. I used a 99 in 308 and was pleased to see that the old German guide, Otto Elden, carried the twin brother to mine! They are the finest saddle gun by far...slippery lines that have no hammer to catch up in anything. :idea:
We got two nice caribou the third day out, late in the day. We were so far out of camp that we had to siwash it on the mountain in an area that had burned over that spring...IN THE RAIN with nothing but saddle blankets to cover us. Every time I got comfortable, a rivulet of water mixed with soot would wash under me, exposing every rock below me. We used the canvass we had to keep the meat covered from the drizzle. Caribou properly taken care of is about as good as it gets on any table, and it would surely spoil, had it gotten wet that night; the days were quite warm, as this was at the end of August. Half cooked caribou ribs, basted in soot and mud, were a banquet that night. :wink:
Oh, back to the topic...That 99 in 308 took a giant woodland out at 250+ yards...he took two or three steps backward and dropped, the shot placed right where I had intended.
While I am a bolt action guy, I have allot of respect for the old 99.