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I picked up a Savage "1895" Anniversary model yesterday. These rifles were made only one year - 1970. Savage Arms labeled the rifle "1895" but it's really the slightly later model 99. Ostensibly, Savage was highlighting 75 years in business beginning with the predecessor to the 99, the Savage 1895.

Serious Savage collectors (that's not me :laugh:) typically do not like the 75th Anniversary model - Incorrectly labeled 1895; too much bling (brass plated lever, crescent butt plate and "engraving" on the receiver); not chambered in a Savage cartridge (it's in .308 Win.) Fact is, most Anniversary/Tribute models in most makes of firearms are not popular with collectors and seldom fetch high prices.

As we all know, Savage hasn't made a 99 in years and likely never will. Hence, the ones that exist are continuing to rise in price/value. I'm not a collector. I just like the darned things. The Savage Anniversary model offers a 24 inch octagonal barrel, rotary magazine with round counter window in the receiver, walnut Schnabel forend, walnut crescent buttstock and the lever slide safety.

I bought this rifle for what I would expect to pay for a plain Jane model with a tang safety, 22 inch round barrel and no round counter. Bottom line is the Anniversary model brought back some features long gone but not forgotten or unappreciated.

Here she is. - T.S.

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Not fond of octagon barrels except muzzle loaders, tapered or half octagon and half round. Yours is a beaut for sure. Are you going to hunt it? That butt plate will school you for sure!

That is so sweet!

Bought an 1895 Savage anniversary for $150 in 1980. A fellow officer weaseled it away from me for $250.

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Very nice sir you did good it is pretty.
 

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Not fond of octagon barrels except muzzle loaders, tapered or half octagon and half round. Yours is a beaut for sure. Are you going to hunt it? That butt plate will school you for sure!

That is so sweet!

Bought an 1895 Savage anniversary for $150 in 1980. A fellow officer weaseled it away from me for $250.

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Yes, I will hunt it. Crescent buttplate - Yep, they smart somethin' fierce. I have a couple others too. I have already given thought to solving that dilemma. It's either a slip on pad on the rifle (most Likely) or I have it cut to shotgun butt and have a pad screwed on (not likely).

I may try one of A9mmFan's butt cuffs. That might dull the points on the plate enough to make it bearable. It would look nice too. :biggrin:

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I have been smitten with "Savage Fever" for a long time. In fact, I have two of the original 1895 models. If you don't mind me hijacking your post I would post some pictures of them. Both are, of course, in 303 Savage, and both shoot quite nice for rifles made in 1896. No sling, 26 inch barrel, make them a little more inconvenient to carry hunting though and I am not really a fan of the Rocky Mountain front sight but they are what they are.

These particular models do seem to be gaining in popularity and value as of late though. You did well.
 

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I actually like it despite the extra bling. Savage will never make the 99/95 ever again. So, this would easily reside in my safe, although I don't need it.
 

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I am fortunate to be the caretakers for the next generation of circa 1936, 303 Savage M99-H. That round really surprised me at how well it shoots "at a 100" with the Redfield receiver sight -- just wish my eyes were age 16, not 73!

When I see it and the Remington M81, .35 Rem. in the vault, I think of the now long gone hunters I knew as a lad in the 1950's and the 99's and M81's they carried afield.
 

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Very nice.
 

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I am fortunate to be the caretakers for the next generation of circa 1936, 303 Savage M99-H. That round really surprised me at how well it shoots "at a 100" with the Redfield receiver sight -- just wish my eyes were age 16, not 73!

When I see it and the Remington M81, .35 Rem. in the vault, I think of the now long gone hunters I knew as a lad in the 1950's and the 99's and M81's they carried afield.
I like the Remington 8 and 81s too. My Remington 8 is in 35 Remington and two 81s are in 300 Savage. Fascinating rifles.

T.S.

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Very nice T.S.! That one needs to get out to the range or the tree stand soon!
 

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Sweet! Looking forward to a range report. I'd have been on that like a hog on a turnip.
 
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How many people can say they have an octagon barrel Savage 99 or 95? That is a handsome firearm. I would hunt the pi$$ out of that rifle. It may not be a Savage caliber but the .308 can make a strong argument for being the best all around game cartridge. Ammo everywhere and in all kinds of loads.

Congrats on a nice grab!
 

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T.S. - Nice one! Sounds like you picked it up for a good price, too. It would have be interesting to be a fly on the wall when Savage was discussing/deciding what cartridge to chamber it in.

Dallased ... nice pair of 1895s!

As an aside, Savage is now offering their 125th Anniversary model via special order. It is based on the 110 action and offered in five calibers (243 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, 250 Sav, 300 Sav and 308 Win). I came really close to ordering one in 250 Savage. https://www.savagearms.com/content?p=125th
 
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