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    Default .308 Savage 99 to .358?

    Anybody know what would be involved with converting a .308 Savage 99 to a .358? Cost? How available is factory .358 ammo? Thanks......Louis

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    Louis: I think it is only switching the barrel but give Doug Wells a phone call 406-626-4152. He is an excellent Savage 99 smith and like the 358. He also has his own wildcat that is a 284 Win case necked up to 338. This will give you 338-06 type performance from a 99 Savage but I think it is limited to a 210 gr bullet. Discuss with him your time frame because he is slow unless he knows you need it soon. Good luck. J.

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    I have always liked the Savage 99 but you can pick up a late model Browning lever action for 550.00 to 700.00 I have one of these shoots very well and is an easy round to reload ammo for. I also have a neat little 700 rem custom in that round that I need to shoot. If you want to rebarrel a 99 by all means do it, but if you just want a lever gun in 358 give the BLR a look the 358 is a great round give it a try.

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    A rebarrel should be pretty straight forward due to the same parent cartridge. I doubt you would have to mess with feeding or anything else. If you already have a 99 on hand, it wouldn't be too expensive, but you're going to run up some bucks if you have to buy the gun, too. There's growing collector interest, and prices are climbing fast, though I doubt an original 308 would stir enough interest to prevent you from rebarreling. I would hang onto the original barrel, though.

    It's been so long since I bought factory ammo, I can't tell you what's available from which company. It's really straight forward to reload for, and it's a snap to form your own cases from 308. An ammo supply should be pretty far down your list of concerns.

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    Default Rebore the existing barrel

    I had a 99F ( I think it was a F ???) that was a 308. Ed sic Nickels rebored it to .358 and all worked out very well. It is in Anchor Point now. I think Mr. Nickels is deceased but any other reborer can do it.

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    Any reboreing needs to be sent out to Jim Dubell at Delta Gun shop, Jim runs Clearwater reboring.

    http://www.deltagunshop.com/


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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al View Post
    Any reboreing needs to be sent out to Jim Dubell at Delta Gun shop, Jim runs Clearwater reboring.

    http://www.deltagunshop.com/


    So thats where labounty's went (or became).

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    Sorry to be so slow, but thanks for the info, folks!

    This whole thing started when my wife and I were talking about a family moose hunting trip when I get my plane flying again. She was concerned about being alone with at camp while I was making shuttles with the plane so started thinking about an appropriate firearm for her for defense. The logical thing would probably be a shotgun. I don't have one that would fit her and started thinking my .308 m99 would be a good size for here. Of course a little heavier caliber would be nice and that's how this chain of thought got started.

    It would most likely be cheaper to buy her a shotgun and that's probably what we'll do, but that wouldn't be quite as interesting as reboring the rifle. That might be a good project for next year, however, as it looks like the .358 is only practical if I get into reloading and I need to get the plane flying before I take on any other serious hobbies.

    Appreciate it....Louis

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