Savage Model 99

Savage Model 99

A look at this classic leveraction rifle and cartridge, the Savage Model 99 and the 300 Savage cartridge.
——————- ———————— Please check out and support the people who help make this channel possible: BUD’s GUN SHOP, FEDERAL PREMIUM, SONORAN DESERT INSTITUTE, SILENCER CENTRAL, TALON GRIPS, & BALLISTOL:
Become a Gong Club member at our Patreon Page:
Federal Premium:
SDI (Sonoran Desert Institute):
Talon Grips:
ALSO, ALL our videos are on
The short FAQ Videos playlist will answer most questions you have:

Find us on Hickok45 Twitter and Facebook, as well as “therealHickok45” on Instagram.
The Zombie movie, “Strain 100,” is available on Amazon Prime: For more information about the movie, check at
NOTE: All shooting in our videos is done by professional shooters for instructional and entertainment purposes, with an emphasis on safety and responsible gun ownership. Do not attempt to copy at home anything you see in our videos. Firearms can be extremely dangerous if not used safely.


  1. David Rafuse on November 25, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Savage 99 in .30-30, carried by Albert Johnson, the Yukon’s Mad Trapper of Rat River, until the Mounties got their man…

  2. 伊豆太郎 on November 25, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    It’s an impressive lever-action hunting gun used by SWAT member Peter in the "Dawn of the dead" play!

  3. Michael Ratliff on November 25, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    My mod.99 is in .358 Win., I love it..I think I’ll keep it another 10 or 20 years!

  4. Steven Tuck on November 25, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    I own a savage 99 model e g in .300 caliber…made in late 1919 so it’s one of the first made in .300…somewhere in its past the front sight got broken off and someone replaced it with a cut down mercury head dime…they did a very good job because this gun is quite accurate…ammo is getting a little hard to find now…

  5. Playing With Fire on November 25, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    The 300 Savage was based on a shortened the 30.06. The .308 was a result of wanting more taper on the shoulder for head spacing, and more neck tension for use in semi autos>

  6. G TOPP on November 25, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Arthur Savage’s masterpiece. Very, very nice rifles. The .300 is still a good cartridge for nearly anything needing to be shot.

  7. Alice Pooper on November 25, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    I have this gun with the stamp 13F have used it for years moose hunting

  8. Jack Ramey on November 25, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    You need to know the one idiosyncrasy of the Savage Model 99. The brass round counter could show zero but that does NOT mean the gun is unloaded. THERE COULD STILL BE A ROUND IN THE CHAMBER. If this is the case, it will fire if you pull the trigger. Keep it truly unloaded. Keep your finger off the trigger. Watch where that muzzle is pointing.

  9. Andrea Whalen on November 25, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    The exact one gun i regret selling the most till this day, i just should never have sold that gun, had to be my favorite rifle ever.

  10. Rs232 Rj11 on November 25, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    It was a Savage 99 that helped take down serial killer Wayne Nance. If you’ve never heard of Wayne Nance, it’s because he only killed 6 people back in the 70s and 80s in Montana, and his would-be seventh and eighth victims were a gunsmith named Doug Wells and his wife Kris. Doug managed to untie himself, load a single round into a Model 99 he had been working on, shot Nance in the shoulder, then struggled for Nance’s pistol. At some point the lights went out and the pistol went off. Nance was killed instantly by that shot. He may have accidentally shot himself. Doug and Kris survived. If it wasn’t for the willpower of that gunsmith and his barely operating Savage Model 99, Wayne Nance would be up there with Richard Ramirez and Jeffrey Dahmer. Instead he died by his own gun. His body count is probably higher than 6. There were several Jane Does that showed up in his area when he was active. Two were ID’d by DNA in the mid 2000s, and a forensic genealogy lab started examining the last one in January of this year.

  11. Paul Kersey on November 25, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    My first Hikok45 video. Been a fan ever since and I am on the hunt for this gun.

  12. Wayne Young on November 25, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I love my 99 chambered in .300 savage, it’s getting hard to find ammo for it, but right now, in 2021 its hard to get ammo for anything. My Dad reloaded for it but when he passed, my mother got rid of all his reloading equipment, wish now I would have kept all of it.

  13. cLark Butts on November 25, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I have the same gun in 308 it’s the 99e never sell it.

  14. Zack Neuhaus on November 25, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    I have a remington 722 in 300 savage

  15. Jorge Cabrita on November 25, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Hey mister….I am a big fan of your videos. Since you tested the savage 99, could you make a video testing the winchester 88 in .308? keep doing the good job and stay safe.

  16. T Lloyd on November 25, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    The 300 Savage is way overlooked. Probably the best handling and natural carrying rifle you will ever have. It comes to your shoulder so easy, right on target.

  17. Justin Pasternak on November 25, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Wasn’t. 308 Winchester based on the .300 Savage cartridge?

  18. Rick Zech on November 25, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    I was given one years ago. Is there any way to tell what year it was made?

  19. Mark Findlay on November 25, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    dunno if I would say our Government allows us to have it more than we have the right to own and bear arms regardless of the round size.

  20. fed up on November 25, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    It wasn’t chambered for the 30-40 krag. 303 savage yes.

  21. Vicente Gallego Gelangre Jr on November 25, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Accurate at 400 meters chambered in 308 W using a scope sight.

  22. Mark Jackson on November 25, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Aside from my (sentimental fave) dad’s deer rifle, this is my favorite, sweet-shooting rifle.

  23. Adam Smith on November 25, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    The rounds are not stacked the magazine is rotary…that’s why the frame is so slim.

  24. James Scott on November 25, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    I inherited my Great Uncles .300 Savage. It was his saddle rifle on his ranch in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Beautiful gun engraved with his LBow cattle brand.

  25. Eric Jacobsen on November 25, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Didn’t take long to figure
    Out loading the 99

  26. Edward Abraham III on November 25, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    This rifle needs a come back

  27. Dustin h on November 25, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Not really a loaded chamber indicator its actually a cocked hammer indicator

  28. Andrew Romaniuk on November 25, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    last one to fire and 1st in chamber pointy ok

  29. James Berry on November 25, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    I have one of these in a 308. 1951 or later I believe.

  30. theguyinmaine on November 25, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Is it the first striker fire?

  31. Anonymous User on November 25, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    love my grandfather’s Savage 99 in 308. Handy, accurate, nostalgic.

  32. Scott Bower on November 25, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    I have the savage 300 and also 250-300 model 99

  33. Mark Budd on November 25, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    I have one chambered in .300 made in 1948. It’s in excellent condition. Love it.

  34. Daniel Nord on November 25, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Whenever I want to know about any firearm, I consult with Hickok45. Not only informative, but fun to watch. You guys are the best!

  35. russ clewley on November 25, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    I have had mine since I was thirteen. Mine is a 300 Savage. My Dad and my brother all used the same type rifles. We have all three taken many deer over the years. I will never part with mine.

  36. RBI Snake Wrangler on November 25, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Hi. Big fan. I just acquired a Winchester model 59. It appears to be in perfect condition. I see no videos and limited information about this bold action single shot .22. I have read that it was only made for one year I 1930. Just curious if you have any information about this little rifle.

  37. Mucio Gardner on November 25, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    i have the 308 veneration

  38. andre felhauer on November 25, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    I don’t know … from a technical point of view, the Model 99 is very interesting and really well made, but compared to other lever action rifles, it’s just pretty damn ugly in my opinion! I’m really sorry, but everyone has their own and have fun with it!

    Greetings from Germany

  39. Jake piemme on November 25, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    My dad is in his mid 70s n has decided to give the bulk of his gun collection to myself n 3 younger brothers. As the oldest I was given first pick. Without hesitating it was his 99 takedown in 250-3000! Killed my first deer with it when I was 12, and plan to do it again this year at nearly 50. It is a fantastic firearm well ahead of its time

  40. Dieselbuilder on November 25, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I just picked up a Savage 99 EG in 300 Savage made in 1951. I liked your video however there was one error I would like to point out. You stated it had a loaded chamber indicator a couple times. It is not a loaded chamber indicator it is actually a cocked hammer indicator. It will pop up whenever you cycle the lever cocking the hammer. Proof of this is after you shot it empty and started describing the features, you cocked the empty rifle it popped up.

  41. JIM ECKENRODE on November 25, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    In my previous comment I said my buddy used a 99 and never came home with a deer. Sorry about that I left out the word WITHOUT a deer.

  42. Bob Young on November 25, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    I acquired one of these from my father-in-law. I’m just now starting to research it. It’s a beautiful rifle, well-balanced, quick and smooth from the carry position to the shoulder. I look forward to some practice this fall.

  43. Steven Guillen on November 25, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    I’ve got one in a .243

  44. Alex Hackett on November 25, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    That gun that he has is a family heirloom that my dad just recently acquired and it’s going to become mine sometime and I’m super excited after watching this video about it 🙂

  45. Edward Abraham III on November 25, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Hickhock 45 is old all his life were aging bit to date he still looks the same

  46. Noel Barlau on November 25, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    I just brought home my grandfather’s Savage 99. I believe what you’re calling a "loaded chamber indicator" is actually a "striker cocked indicator." It pops up on his any time the striker is cocked regardless of whether there’s a round in the chamber or not. By holding the trigger down while closing the action, it remains de-cocked and the little knob is flush with the rest of the surface. Not a criticism, just an observation. Thanks for your videos, they’re wonderful.

  47. Braden Scott on November 25, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    It is NOT illegal in France to own military calibres, they abandoned that awhile back. It had been tied to the idea of preventing military equipment getting to civilians through the black market and such.
    Also, in the early 1900s and late 1800s chain detonation was NOT a primary concern, it was pretty rare, even with spitzer cartridges (there are rifles that had tubular magazines and spitzer rounds, the Lebel rifle for instance of which there were hundreds of thousands in frontline service in WW1 without issue). Lever actions also have some issues with maintenance, moving parts and reliability they were trying to work on before the bolt-action become fully dominant. The whole chain detonation thing is a modern perception we have applied to the past, but we do have written memos and paperwork that show that was not what they were concerned about at the time.
    It was a secondary concern, but more of an afterthought. The French designed their bullets in such a way that it was hard for the tips to interact with the primer, but after they had already made the rifle that way and had been using it for awhile. Small percentages add up when you have a big army with a lot of people. On the civilian market side it was pretty much never a consideration, the world was a less litigious place, companies were not afraid that one random customer might suffer an accident from their gun and customers were not worried that it might be them, any more than modern customers are worried about injury from misfires today.

  48. Frank Morris on November 25, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    I’m amazed you knew so little of the 99. They grow on ya….

  49. Grady Hernandez on November 25, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    I want two of these

  50. Kenny Reilly on November 25, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Ugly? It’s beautiful rifle