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    Quote Originally Posted by Drm50 View Post
    It is hard to find any decent Savage 99 in my area for less than $700. Even the last of production which were pretty shoddy. When you get back as far as 1960s we are talking $1K to open. Hi-powers are off the charts and 20yrs ago you couldn't give them away. I bought a Marlin 7, 270 in the 80s and it was as good or better than any other American BA on the market. One of my cousins in PA has it and swears by it. The Marlin I had a Marlin 222 from the 50s on a Sako action that is the one I regret selling.
    Post War 99s are going for 500-800 bucks in my locale depending on the model with 99Es being on the low end of the scale. I haven't seen any non-beater pre-WWII 99s in my LGS--so I don't know what they would go for. I have a Marlin MR-7 in 270 and its an outstanding rifle. I can understand why Rem and Win wanted to sue Marlin and eventually forced the rifle off the market. It combined most of the best features from the popular bolt guns on the market back then.
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    A local LGS, Auburn Sports, usually has a half dozen or more SAV 99's but the owner is known to gouge on his prices. I haven't seen rough ones less than a $1000 and nice ones, for get about it. He's nuts! I haven't bought any firearms from him and he's gone out of business three times only to come back. The guy just doesn't learn fair pricing would attract customers.

    Jack

    PS. Jay, the walnut on that SAV looks awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKTW View Post
    A local LGS, Auburn Sports, usually has a half dozen or more SAV 99's but the owner is known to gouge on his prices. I haven't seen rough ones less than a $1000 and nice ones, for get about it. He's nuts! I haven't bought any firearms from him and he's gone out of business three times only to come back. The guy just doesn't learn fair pricing would attract customers.

    Jack

    PS. Jay, the walnut on that SAV looks awesome!
    When I first bought the rifle--I thought--that is some fine looking birch! I kept thinking about it--never seen any birch like that but post WWII 99Es came in birch (lone exception were the first post WWII models made in 1960). Finally Texas Shooter and KeithNyst set me straight--the rifle had been restocked in some very fine walnut. Never seen a birch stock with a rich lateral grain throughout the wood! I should have known better but I was drinking the kool-aid!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ret_Eng View Post
    Took my recently purchased 2009 Marlin XS7S 308 Win out to the range yesterday. Got her dialed in at 100 yards with my H4895/150 gr Hornady Interlock reloads. Got it on paper at 50 yards and then got a decent 3 shot group at 100 yards. I finished up the day by busting up clay bird fragments at 100 yards. This rifle will definitely do for a rainy day up in the stand. I will try out some other 150 gr reloads later--just to see how they will do.
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    Before shooting my XS7--I started out the range session by shootin' my 1967 Savage Mod 99E 300 Savage carbine. I busted up some 100 yard clay bird fragments for fun--didn't set up any paper targets for the rifle. I later was asked a bunch of questions about the Mod 99 by an Englishman during a range cease fire. My Savage 99s always bring out the curious when I take 'em to the range. Many shooters have never seen this rifle model before.
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    Had my XS7 out to the range yesterday and was again reminded how nice this Marlin bolt gun shoots! Too bad Remington discontinued the X7 series and replaced it with the inferior Mod 783 (IMHO).
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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKTW View Post
    Jay, those Marlin bolt rifles were very good and accurate. I've often thought I wish I'd have snagged one back in the day but now I'd be concerned with parts availability. It's a shame Remington killed Marlin bolts as they're a lot bang for your buck.
    I bought my first X7 .243 in about 2009 or 2010. It was one of the last JM models. I was so impressed with it, when I heard that Remlin was stopping production on them, I bought another one as a spare. So far, so good...they are both good shooters and both have killed several deer. I reckon I should be able to keep at least one of them functional for years to come.
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    I am seriously considering getting another XS7 in 7mm-08. My 308 Win shoots that good. Remington sure screwed the pooch by discontinuing the X7 bolt guns.
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    that 99 sure is purdy.
    remington probably does not want anything to compete with the 700
    i've been more than impressed with my bergara, much smoother and much more accurate than any of my 700's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldtrigger View Post
    that 99 sure is purdy.
    remington probably does not want anything to compete with the 700
    i've been more than impressed with my bergara, much smoother and much more accurate than any of my 700's
    I don't even own a Mod 700. My Rem bolt guns are 1940s/1950s Mod 721s and Mod 722s or 1970s/1980s Mod 788s. They are all better made than the current Mod 700s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldtrigger View Post
    that 99 sure is purdy.
    remington probably does not want anything to compete with the 700
    (...)
    No. It was the fact that the Marlin X7 was absolutely blowing the Remington 'budget' bolt guns out of the water, but not being as profitable (because the Marlin was built better).
    So, Remington drew up the 783 using primarily X7 parts, but cutting corners where ever possible.
    The X7 still outsold the 783.
    So, Remington slapped Marlin around a bit and killed off the X7.

    The X7 died primarily because Remington's garbage aimed at the same market couldn't compete.
    Remington went full Winchester on them. "If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em out and shut 'em down."
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    I picked up another X7 this weekend in .308 to go with the .270. Can't wait fur it to get to my FFL. Wish I had a 7/08.
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