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mjbfhc said:
In my opinion, the best lever action rifle is the Savage model 99. I have had Marlins and winchesters before, but to me they don't even compare to the Savage. The action is smoother, and I also like the rotary magazine. If you get a chance to look at one, you will know what I mean.
I agree. My Dad and my Grandpa both have them in .300 Savage. They are super smooth. I shot my first deer with one when I was 13 years old. It sure is nice to see the old 99 get some recognition. :D
 

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I wish I still had one.Why do we ever buy guns,break in the barrel,clean and are happy with them and at some latter date,we let them go.I would give my neighbors left arm to have some of the guns I let go.Why do we do that?Drop-Shot
 

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I agree to the Savage 99. If you can find one that has not been beat up or used up you have found something special. Found my 99 in 300 at a gun show. Traded a crappy mini 14 for it. It was the best deal I ever got had on.
Now.....If I could find a carbine in 358.....well...
 

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The browning especialy the older all stell model was and is the most accurate out of the box BLR that I have owned, that is not to say the savage 99 is not a great gun but I have only seen a few that would qulify as tight and accurate and I would love one but the rotery bolt lockup is tight and that makes the BLR my favorite.Savage #2 and marlin #3.You could not go wrong with any of those 3 but those are my picks.Drop-Shot
 

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untill I find a savage 99 thats not shot to death,I'll look at one.If you guys hear of one then please let me know.Drop-Shot
 

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great guns 8pointduck,I just bought an older allsteel reciever 358 win.I can't bring it home yet.They have a law here in Washington,If a gun is tradeding it has to go through a thorough search for being stolen.The gun doesn't leave the gun shop but the sherriff has to check it out.It's in great shape,the man bought it for his daughter to elk hunt with but she says it kicks too much,only shot 6 times.I'm looking forward to it.Drop-Shot
 

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Best lever action is the Browning BLR.I had a 99 but its hard to find a goodoneDrop-Shot
 
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My first rifle was the hand me down marlin 336 in 35 remington.
I hunted with it for 4 or 5 years. I scared a lot of deer with it.
My vote goes to the model 99. Wasnt it chambered in 30 as well as .25 cal? (300 savage and 250-3000?)
Wish Savage would come out with a commerative of the model 99 in either of those calibers. It was all the deer gun anyone ever really needed.
 

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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. :D

My $.02...luv2
 

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Leverguns!!!!!

Gotta love um! I have model 94's in 30/30 one 73 in 44/40, one 85 45/70 Shiloh Sharps,(Technically a falling block action) but still a levergun and a Model 99 in 358 Win.

I love them all! They all have there own purpose and I like shooting them all for different reasons.

I do like my 99 ALOT! I have a Tasco 4x40 scope on mine and I am taking it out next weekend on my hunt. I have a bear tag and a deer tag. Can't wait. :wink:
 
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It's funny cause I have a 1997 edition of the Blue Book of gun values and I looked up my 99 last night. In 100% condition it is worth $450! :eek:

I paid $800 for it without a scope. If you can find one they go for around $650-$700 right now. If you find one in good shape with a good bore, (Like the one I found, :wink:) they go as high as $1200. Mine isn't that mint but it is a good hunter and shooter with a mint bore and nice case colors.

Guess I need to get a new addition of the Blue book of guns. :roll:
 
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