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DOM of Savage 99

redman.com1redman.com1 Member Posts: 719 ✭✭
edited April 2019 in Ask the Experts
hello, I have a savage 99 that I need a dom on. receiver is stamped savage 99 with no letter suffix, serial # 966543 and a 9k in circle at the lever. thanks for your help, red


  • BobJudyBobJudy Member Posts: 5,735 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    They built just over a million 99s. I think it was the best lever gun ever built. Most production ended in 1981. A few limited runs were done after that. I asked a Savage rep in about 2000 if the 99 would ever come back and he said he didn't think so. All the machinery was wore out and anyone with experience making the gun was either dead or retired. I do have one reference that indicates the K on the lever means the gun was produced in 1959. Bob
  • redman.com1redman.com1 Member Posts: 719 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    note that mine is not stamped on the lever itself but on the blue frame just infront of where the lever begins. if that's where it should be located then ill go with that, thanks
  • dfletcherdfletcher Member Posts: 8,154 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    That's referred to as the lever "boss" and should have a small circle with letter stamped inside it. I've still got good eyes, but between the light stamping, small size and case hardening it's difficult to read.
  • redman.com1redman.com1 Member Posts: 719 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    mine has a clear sharp 9k
  • He DogHe Dog Member Posts: 49,909 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Serial indicates 1951 or later (the records after that were lost in a fire), the Boss codes are as follows:

    Savage 99 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

    numbers were used after 1971

    Yours should be 1959.
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