Sometimes we will pair up similar guns in Gun Fight Friday (per last week’s Weatherby Mark V vs. Remington 700 brawl). Sometimes we won’t. The rifles in this week’s matchup don’t have a whole lot in common other than that one is a Winchester chambered for a Savage round and the other is a Savage chambered for a Winchester round. So, without further preamble, let’s meet the contenders:

Edward J Palumbo’s Winchester Model 70


Here’s a photo of my Winchester Model 70 Lightweight Carbine, chambered for the .250-3000 Savage cartridge and topped with a Redfield 3-9X variable. I’m told this is one of a limited production run of .250s, and I purchased it new. This versatile rifle has served me well since the early ’90s, and it’s one of my very favorites. This bolt-action carbine groups very tightly with handloads (I’ve never used factory ammunition in it yet).

RandyMI’s Savage 99


I’ve been a lover of the Savage brand and the M-99 in particular for over 50 years. This fine specimen was acquired from my younger brother about 10 years ago. Of course, with the .358 Winchester ammo so hard to find and expensive, I also bought his reloading dies and all of the components he had for a total of $500. I really like to still-hunt–just get into a good area and sneak around a few steps at a time. Sitting is also very productive. Any time in the deer woods is great. I had to put the pivot mount on for the scope, a Weaver 2.5 x 20 standard reticle. Our family deer guru Boot Gallihugh had one on his M-99 when I was a teen, a great combination.

This are the kind of gun photos we like to see, too, and while we prefer a picture of the whole gun, long guns are tricky to photograph, and Edward Palumbo’s shot is just fine. Keep those gun pictures coming to In the meantime, tell us which you choose: the Winchester/Savage or the Savage/Winchester.