People seem to really like the old lever guns. My favorites are Winchesters, but I have several Marlins and Savages also. When I was 13 or so, dad handed me an octagon barreled 99 in .30-30. Long barrel. I ran that thing into the mud many times, and even into a rotten stump once. Dad patiently cleaned the barrel until finally the last time just before dark. He had some comments about it that time. I told him it was just to long and heavy for me to pack all day, and could I please hunt with Uncle Normans Winchester Carbine in .25-35 next weekend. Dad made it happen and I shot my first deer with that 94. I did hunt many times later with that 99 in .30-30 and also a take down featherweight in .22 Hi Power. Still have both of them.
Post up a 99 story, if you will.