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Questions about my Savage 99c

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by nighthawk, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. nighthawk

    nighthawk PNW Member

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    Hi,

    I just recently got a Savage 99c with a Weaver K4 on it, in .308 Win. I was curious how old it is? the serial number is B500303. Also I keep seeing people say things about "look for a letter in front of the lever boss" what's the lever boss?

    Thanks
     
  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    In 1949, Savage began stamping a tiny, lightly impressed oval on the lower, front side of the "lever boss".

    The “lever boss” is the extension of the lower part of the receiver into which the lever fits and rotates. Inside the oval, Savage stamped the letter "A" together with other numbers which are apparently inspector’s numbers.

    On many Model 99 rifles, this “oval” is indistinct or difficult to read as are the letters and numbers inside the oval.

    The letters “O” and “Q” were skipped and not used due to their similar appearance.




    Lever Boss Codes:

    A = 1949
    B = 1950
    C = 1951
    D = 1952
    E = 1953
    F = 1954
    G = 1955
    H = 1956
    I = 1957
    J = 1958
    K = 1959
    L = 1960
    M = 1961
    N = 1962
    P = 1963
    R = 1964
    S = 1965
    T = 1966
    U = 1967
    V = 1968
    W = 1969
    X = 1970
    Y = 1971
     
  3. nighthawk

    nighthawk PNW Member

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    so does that B in the serial number mean 1950? I still don't know what the lever boss is.
     
  4. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Edited my post with explanation of what the boss is.
     
  5. nighthawk

    nighthawk PNW Member

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    Thanks. I found nothing on the boss area, but I found what looks like a 'J' in front of the receiver.
     
  6. mpmax

    mpmax Woodburn Active Member

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    Lever boss, it's the "hinge" of the receiver to the lever, the mark should be on the forward side of it.
    The clip fed models were made from 1965 to 2001.
     
  7. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the world of 99's. You'll find them to be alluring and addictive.

    Then you'll eventually own a .250-3000. Then you will understand completely. Nothing else will matter.
     
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  8. clambo

    clambo Vancouver, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Nothing except acquiring a takedown .22HP, no pistol grip saddle gun in .303 Sav. or a .32-40.
     
  9. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    I had a 250-3000 take-down threaded for a Maxum silencer, my grand dad used it on antelope. Grand-ma wanted the money so I sold it.
    Love my 99 in 308 though, the perfect saddle gun!