Ever since my first deer season 26 years ago at the tender age of 12 I've been in love with this firearm. Now, I didn't actually get to use one but my dad's buddy had one in 300 Savage that I got to shoot and being a lefty I love all things lever. I passed up on one that needed some love at a local gunshop in my 20's that was in 308 and have regretted it since and this has thus been an unrequited love.
So, I'm looking for a 99 to shoot, and more so to hunt with. So, just like the 1970 Win. 94 I picked up last year, I'm not looking for rare, ancient, super shiny, or super expensive safe queen but the right model and ideally in decentish shape. I've done some reading on the differences and for now I'm leaning toward a 99F or featherweight and ideally in 300 savage or 308 so it's got enough punch for a moose and still has some range, but will likely be a deer/black bear/elk rifle and often in the hills making the F part attractive.
I know there are several aficianados and many real fans of the 99 on here so what do you guys think of each model, the years of production that are preferred, and performance of this gun in general?
I'll post first for Mainah and say the best would be a 358 with 250 grain Woodleighs...... This option is not out of question if I could find one without breaking the bank.
Thanks in advance