In today’s gunfight we’ve got two older guns that are going back to the field, thanks to a couple of owners who recognized a pair of diamonds in the rough and gave their rifles a good refinishing. They’ve got more in common: Both are brush guns, with peep sights instead of scopes to make them extra handy in dense cover.
The Remington 760 was made from 1952 to 1981. It was part of the 11-48/870 “family” of guns that shared some design features and parts. The Savage 99 enjoyed a near-100 year run from 1899–1998. Its rotary magazine made it safe and suitable for pointed bullets, and its strong action could handle high-intensity cartridges.
Kelly’s Savage 99
Canadians are gun aficionados, too. Over the years I have collected some interesting guns and have some good stories to tell. This gun came from a friend. He inherited this Savage 99, and as he was not a hunter or gun person, he gave it to me.
It was a .308 caliber, with an old 4X scope on it. It was in rough shape, having sat in a barn for close to 30 years. I had one look and decided that this would make an excellent brush gun and started from there. I completely disassembled it, had the metal parts checked, cleaned, blued, and replaced when necessary. The stock and forearm took about one bottle of oil to come back to life. I replaced the scope with a peep sight and took it to the range. I can shoot about a 2-inch group with 150-grain bullets, and my kids can drive tacks with it (young eyes win) at 100 yards. This hunting season will be the first for this gun in 30 years. I am looking forward to it.
I purchased this old Remington 760 in .30/06 last summer. Everything was in great shape on it except that the varnish was looking orange. I refinished the stock and forearm and was really pleased by how nice the wood was underneath the old finish. I purchased a new scope for it, but it felt so good in my hand without a scope that I thought I would try an old-school peep sight on it. I found a Williams receiver-mounted peep sight on eBay for about $35; I am really surprised at how well the gun shoots with it. I got about a 1.5-inch group with it at 100 yards when I sighted it in for deer season. I think I can get that smaller with some practice. I love the way it carries without a scope; it seems so light and handy. It may be my timber rifle for my next elk trip.
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