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tjhunter 11-28-2012 11:41 AM

savage model 99c
hi guys, i just got my first gun. my grand father gave me a savage model 99c chambered in 308, what do you think about this rifle? what bullet will fit the best ? im thinking of changing the scope! what can you suggest considering that im looking for a 3-9x40 not more than 400 bucks :)

Hunting Man 11-28-2012 02:23 PM

My opinion, you hit the jackpot! Being a gift handed down is #1, Savage 99 c model with the clip is a great deer killing machine. I have 2 99's both are the EG models in 300 sav and 250-300 sav. I have always like the old Redfield widefields in 3x9x40. On e-bay these are still available in like new condition for $250.00. To go new I'd stay with Nikon or Leupold. I hope you thanked your granpa for the valued gift.

Karl.Luhr 11-28-2012 04:19 PM

Congrats on the 99
I would get a couple of boxes of 150s and 165s from different manufactures to see what your rifle likes. I don't think that the 180 grain load is ideal for the 308. You can fire it in the 308, but that is getting heavy for it. I really like the Redfield Revolution line of scopes. You can get a US made scope in 2x7 or 3x9 from between 150.xx and 200.xx. One item I would purchess is a spare magazine for your 99, if it can be left on he table it will be left on the table. If you are like me......


Hellbilly 11-28-2012 07:37 PM

as for the scope put a 3x9x40 nikon pro staff and save yourself about $200 or a redfield, there made by leaupold and have leapold glass in them

tjhunter 11-28-2012 08:52 PM

of course i thanked him a lot, i just love that rifle. i killed my first deer with it and from thereon i killed many with the 99c. one thing i can remember, my grand pa was shooting sako bullets this time. after shooting 4 bullets in a row on a deer, the 4th cartridge blocked in the chamber. is that happened to you before?

tjhunter 11-28-2012 08:54 PM

i came across the bushnell elite 4200 3-9x40 what do you think about this one will look on my model 99c

gfdeputy2 11-29-2012 05:44 AM

You can't go wrong with a model 99 Nice rifle

Hunting Man 11-29-2012 06:48 AM

The bushnell should work fine, just make sure the eye relief is ok with the scope length. Sako bullets, I didn't know they made them??? I shoot remington 150 gr in the 300 sav.

Karl.Luhr 11-29-2012 08:13 AM

Please explain "blocked in the chamber"
I thought I had heard of most of the types of malfunctions but this is a new one. Was the cartridge jammed in and wouldn't extract? That is one area where the lever actions are not quite a good as a bolt action, extracting a stuck case.


tjhunter 11-29-2012 09:43 AM

from what i can remember the cartridge expand as the chamber was hot after 4 shots, if you take to long to pull down the lever the cartridge might expand and stay blocked in the chamber, then you have to wait and take it out. that was the first and last time we used sako bullets for this rifle. i think american bullets will probably go better with an american rifle :) like the Remington's and Winchester's. now im actually shooting 150gr Winchester and where i live (Mauritius island) they don't have 165gr in Winchester, but next season i might move to the core locks Remington as they have 165gr.
what in your opinion do you think will perform better the 150 or 165? knowing that we shoot both running and standing deers from a distance of 25 meters up to 400 meter even more sometimes.

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