Factory "B" Grade Engraved Deluxe Savage Model 1899 Lever Action Rifle

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Factory  B  Grade Engraved Deluxe Savage Model 1899 Lever Action Rifle
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This rifle had grade "A-3" checkering on deluxe fancy English Walnut wood, and also had grade "B" engraving. The top barrel flat is marked with the two line address/patent dates ahead of the rear sight, "SAVAGE HI-PRESSURE STEEL / MODEL 1899" is marked on the left side upper flat behind the rear sight and "SAV. 303" is marked on top at the breech. Blade front sight with gold bead, filler block in the rear sight dovetail and there is a Lyman receiver mounted short range peep sight. The factory grade engraving features round vignettes of a running doe in a wooded scene on the right side of the receiver and a buck running in a mountain meadow on the left. The panels are surrounded by delicate scroll engraving that covers most of the receiver flats. The top of the receiver is engraved with a floral spring and there is an engraved border at the junction of the barrel and receiver. The rifle is finished blue with a casehardened lever and it is mounted with a fancy walnut checkered Schnabel forearm and pistol grip stock with plain crescent steel buttplate. The forearm checkering is bordered with a leaf design at the front and scallop bordered at the back. The stock flats are also checkered and the forward area of the wrist checkering is also bordered with a leaf design.
BBL: 26 inch octagon
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 303 savage
Finish: blue
Serial Number: 52115
Condition: Excellent. The rifle retains 90% plus bright original high polish blue finish on the receiver with some thinning and edge wear on the barrel, flaking and thinning on the receiver with areas of smooth gray and a few minor scratches. The buttplate has a smooth dark mottled patina. The lever retains strong traces of original case colors with a smooth silver gray patina on the balance. The wood is also excellent with 98% original varnish remaining, a few scattered minor dings, some mild crazing of the varnish on the stock and very crisp checkering. The markings and engraving remain clear and crisp. Mechanically excellent.