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99 Savage dom

338magnut338magnut Member Posts: 707 ✭✭✭
edited September 2016 in Ask the Experts
Anyone tell me when a Savage 99 serial # C316018 243 cal. was made? I looked on the boss but can't find a letter on it. Any help is always appreciated.


  • sandwarriorsandwarrior Member Posts: 5,453 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    According to the website, your "model C" serial number 316018 was built in 1928.

    However, since the .243 didn't come out until 1955, that's not possible. So, it's either a renumbered serial or the barrel was changed.
  • 338magnut338magnut Member Posts: 707 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Sandwarrior your reply is appreciated I looked at the serial number again which is on the left side of the receiver not on the barrel and the serial number is for sure C316018. Still need help.
  • charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 7,346 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Sounds like a 300 Savage receiver re-barreled to 243, easy conversion.

    Cut and pasted from a 99C search

    The most accurate method of determining the year of manufacture of Model 99 rifles made from 1949 to 1971 is by using what is called the "Lever Boss Code"... even more accurate than the rifle's serial number.

    Savage began stamping an inspector's number and a letter in a poorly (and very faintly) stamped oval on the lever boss (the extension on the lower, front side of the receiver in which the lever rotates) in 1949. This is what is called the #65533;Lever Boss Code#65533;.

    Savage continued to use Lever Boss Code numbers & letters until 1971. The letters "O" and "Q" were skipped and not used in the Code series due to their similarity.

    The number was the inspector's number plus the letter indicating the year of manufacture... ("A" was used in 1949, "B" in 1950, "C" in 1951 and so forth)... and so, if a rifle were made in 1968 & inspected by Inspector #12, it would have a Lever Boss Code that looked like this (inside the oval): 12 V

    Please look (you may need a magnifying glass) at your rifle and tell us the Lever Boss Code. smile
  • 338magnut338magnut Member Posts: 707 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    The rifle is original as it was bought new.
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