If you ever get a chance to go through a vintage 1900 Savage catalog youll notice there are no model designations but are discerned by barrel lengths and wood differences.
The 1899A, the most common of all the 1899s, its 26 round barrel was accented buy a crescent butt plate (special order stocks were also available but for sanitys sake well go with the average) and pointed pads on the side of the stock, these pointed pads were common on all the 1899s and 99s except for some of the later model Hs.
They featured flip up military style rear sights and wore a carbine butt stock with its rack number stamped on top of the butt plate. The early 1899Fs were completely different from its later namesakes.
First off the 1899F was a carbine, fitted with a carbine stock and a 20 standard weight barrel.
The early model 99Bs, Cs, Ds and Es are a very rare find.
Well start with the model 99B, although the earlier 99Bs are twins to the 1899A T/Ds they later were made with a 24 barrel, crescent butt plate and a ramped front sight.
The giveaway on these is the saddle ring on the right hand side of the receiver.
Sometimes these days though a person will have one and not even know it because the ring and saddle were lost during its life and all that will be left is two holes where the staple was originally peened into the receiver.
Underneath the barrel youll most likely find a J or JM signifying that it was made by John Marlin who built the first 5000 rifles for John Savage. Well try to get through the early 1899s without you confusing to much.
Believe it or not, from my data, the 1899Cs were more commonly found than the 1899Bs.
1899Ds, if your lucky enough to own one Im sure you know what you have. The model 1895 was also made in this configuration and about the only 1899Ds you may find are the Montreal Home Guard that Savage made a total of 827 and shipped them to Quebec during WWII.
This made it very much easier to tell a 99B from the 1899A T/D.
All 99Bs were a T/D model and were only offered in 303 Savage, 30-30 and 300 Sav.