I know it's been well over a hundred years since the introduction of the Savage 99, but I can't help but make observations in awe of it's design. I can see how William Ruger was amazed with it too, prompting him to take design cues from the 99 and incorporate them into his own designs.
1. When I disassemble a 99, I can't help but marvel at how 5 308 sized cartridges fit so conveniently in that genius rotary magazine. It almost seems impossible when you observe that slim, rounded shape.
2. The receiver fits perfectly and balances perfectly in the hand with that rounded shape. It's almost as if it was made for comfortable carry at it's balance point.
3. The simplicity of the design allows for a very easy take down of the gun for cleaning.
4. The short throw lever has to be the fastest rifle you could ever manually cycle
5. The trigger is simple, and easy to remove for fixing creep, breaking at a crisp 2.5-2.75 lbs.
6. The gun is both trim, and relatively light.
I remember at the sportsman show, the Savage company was displaying their new "Alaskan" models. I told them to bring back the Savage 99, they make enough bolt action models. The only response I got, was a couple of shallow smirks off their young baby faces.