The Savage Model 99 is one of the most successful lever action rifles ever produced and has been popular with hunters everywhere. Its success largely came down to the fact that it features a fully-enclosed breech lock, rotary magazine and is capable of being chambered for more powerful rounds than other lever guns.

The 99 was produced for over 100 years starting from the 1890s before being discontinued. It wasn’t until the late 1950s that it was drilled and tapped for scope mounts. These later models are still great hunting rifles and, with a good quality scope added to it, will be even more devastating when hunting whitetails or other popular game.

You can find out a lot more interesting information about the various models by visiting the website

Our interest is in finding a scope that can be mounted to the Savage 99 that will live up to the quality and craftsmanship of the rifle.

Listed below is a selection of quality rifle scopes that have been recommended by hunters who have had success in the past. We have broken them down into 2 groups, the first offers 3 fixed power scopes for those who believe they are the better option and the second is a selection of variable power scopes.

Best Scope for the Savage Model 99 Rifle

Make / Model




Field of View

Ft @ 100 yds


Fixed Power Scopes













Variable Power Scopes

3 - 9x


39 - 13.5


2 - 7x


44.6 - 17.8


2 - 7x


45 - 13


2 - 7x


46.5 - 13.5


1.75 - 5x


68.3 - 23.1


Description of Rifle Scopes For the Savage Model 99

We have provided a brief listing of riflescopes that are best suited to the Savage Model 99 rifle. We have looked at both fixed and variable power scopes to give you a broader selection to choose from.

Listed below is a more detailed look at each scope with a short review that identifies the specifications as well as their various features. You will also have the opportunity to visit the manufacturer's websites in case you would like to find out more about the company and the range of products that each one makes.

Simmons Whitetail Classic 4x32mm Rifle Scope

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 4x
  • Objective Lens Diameter (mm): 32
  • Field of View @ 100 yards: 23
  • Optimum Eye Relief (in): 4.80
  • Click Adjustment Value: 1/2 MOA
  • Exit Pupil (mm): 8
  • Length (in): 10.5
  • Weight (ounces): 15.5

The Whitetail Classic scope from Simmons is possibly the best value for money fixed power riflescope available and has been designed for al hunting scenarios.

The scope features fully multi-coated optics that provide an extremely bright picture with a large field of view giving you an uninterrupted view. The long eye relief means that you will feel comfortable over you shot as you prepare to shoot.

The 1 inch diameter tube’s interior has been gas filled so that it will remain waterproof and fog proof in all weather conditions. It has been built using good quality materials so that it will also withstand significant recoil shock.

The scope uses a Truplex reticle.

For more information about this scope or any of the products made by the company visit the Simmons website.

Weaver Classic K-4 4x38mm Rifle Scope

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 4x
  • Objective Lens Diameter (mm): 38
  • Field of View @ 100 yards: 26.8
  • Optimum Eye Relief (in): 3.43
  • Exit Pupil (mm): 9.5
  • Length (in): 11.32
  • Weight (ounces): 9.9

The Weaver K-4 fixed power scope is the mid-priced option in our selection that customers and hunters have agreed is a suitable scope for the Savage Model 99 rifle.

The scope is engineered from aircraft-grade aluminum and is a one piece tube construction that measures 1 inch in diameter. It is built this way so that it will withstand the severe recoil of high powered rifles.

The 4x magnification of this scope is ample for the majority of hunting situations and the 38mm objective lens is large enough to ensure enough light transmission will take place for a bright picture.

It features fully multi-coated optics to increase image brightness and contrast and the glare elimination will also be effective enough to keep the picture clear at all times of day.

The scope uses the Dual-X reticle which is ideal for open field hunting and will suit the instinctive shooter very nicely.

For more information about this scope or any of the products made by the company visit the Weaver Optics website.

Leupold FX II 4x33mm Riflescope

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 4x
  • Objective Lens Diameter (mm): 33
  • Field of View @ 100 yards: 24
  • Optimum Eye Relief (in): 4.00
  • Length (in): 10.5
  • Weight (ounces): 9.3

The simplicity and reliability of the Leupold FX-II fixed power scope cannot be underestimated and is the perfect complement to a hunting rifle such as the Savage 99.

The 4x magnification and the 33mm objective lens means that this scope will suit all types of hunting scenarios that you are likely going to be engaging in.

The scope is extremely lightweight but is built to be tough and durable through its 1-inch diameter tube. It has been put through a rigorous testing regime and is proven to withstand the recoil of powerful firearms.

It provides a bright sight picture thanks to the Twilight Management System which provides premium lens clarity while also eliminating glare from stray light sources. It is both waterproof and fog proof courtesy of the argon/krypton gas filled interior that has been O-ring sealed.

The scope uses the Leupold Wide Duplex reticle which has become one of the most trusted and widely used of all time.

For more information about this scope or any of the products made by the company visit the Leupold website.

Variable Power Scopes

Swarovski Z3 3-9x36 Riflescope

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 3 – 9x
  • Objective Lens Diameter (mm): 36
  • Field of View @ 100 yards: 39 – 13.5
  • Exit Pupil: 4mm – 12mm
  • Optimum Eye Relief (in): 3.54
  • Click Adjustment Value: 1/4 MOA
  • Length (in): 12.13
  • Weight (ounces): 12

The first of the variable power scopes that have been examined for the Savage 99 is the Swarovski Z3. The company explains that this model of scope has been specifically designed for traditional hunting weapons.

The scope features a 1 inch diameter tube that has been built strong and durable to withstand heavy recoil shock. The outer material is aluminum and has been anodized to be scratch resistant.

The optics are superb and have been built with a microstructure surface that consists of precisely defined ribbing so that there is no chance of residual reflection. This means that the images will be displayed in high-contrast definition and will be bright and clear in all types of light.

There is a choice of reticles for this model. You can choose either the Plex or 4A reticle.

This slimline scope is compact and tough and has proven to be high-precision in its accuracy. It is built for the serious hunter who wants to get the best out of their rifle.

For more information about the scope or other products from the company you can visit the Swarovksi Optik website.

Leupold VX-2 2-7x33 Riflescope

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 2 – 7x
  • Objective Lens Diameter (mm): 33
  • Field of View @ 100 yards: 44.6 – 17.8
  • Exit Pupil: 4.93mm – 13.75mm
  • Optimum Eye Relief (in): 4.2 – 3.7
  • Click Adjustment Value: 1/4 MOA
  • Length (in): 11.3
  • Weight (ounces): 9.9

The VX-2 is one of the most reliable hunting rifles in the Leupold range and has been built with the types of features you would expect from this high quality company. The 2-7x33mm model is a great match for the Savage Model 99 rifle.

Features used in this model include a 1-inch tube diameter made from 6061-T6 aluminum, the Quantum Optical System, index-matched, fully multi-coated optics with DiamondCoat exterior lens surfaces, ¼ MOA click adjustments that aid repeatability and accuracy, argon/krypton gas-filled interior that has been purged and then O-ring sealed.

All of this is surrounded by a super hard anodized matte black finish.

The optics are bright, sharp and clear and the field of view is suitably wide at low magnification. The eye relief of around 4 inches is long enough to easily handle the kick of the Savage 99.

For more information about this scope or any of the products made by the company visit the Leupold website.

Burris Fullfield II 2-7x35 Riflescope

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 2 – 7x
  • Objective Lens Diameter (mm): 35
  • Field of View @ 100 yards: 45 – 13
  • Exit Pupil: 5mm – 17mm
  • Optimum Eye Relief (in): 3.1 – 4.1
  • Click Adjustment Value: 1/2 MOA
  • Length (in): 11.4
  • Weight (ounces): 12

The Fulfield II scope is a smaller profile hunting scope that is perfect for shorter to intermediate range hunting. It is considered to be made in the traditional style and is offered at the more affordable end of the price range.

The body of the tube measures 1 inch in diameter and the 1-piece tube is built to withstand heavy recoil shock and vibration.

The optics feature the Burris index-matched Hi Lume multicoating so that no matter whether you are in low light or in the harsh midday glare the image will appear bright and clear. The eyepiece design uses a no-slip grip so that adjustments can be easily made in the field.

The scope features the Ballistic Plex reticle which is a simple design that has proven to be effective when used over long ranges and suits any caliber or bullet weight.

The scope tube is nitrogen filled to prevent fogging and it has been tightly sealed so that it is waterproof.

More information about this scope and all of the products made by the company can be found by visiting the Burris Optics website.  

Zeiss Terra 2-7x32 Riflescope

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 2 – 7x
  • Objective Lens Diameter (mm): 32
  • Field of View @ 100 yards: 46.5 – 13.5
  • Exit Pupil: 12.2mm
  • Optimum Eye Relief (in): 3.54
  • Click Adjustment Value: 1/4 MOA
  • Length (in): 11.5
  • Weight (ounces): 13.4

Zeiss is one of the most trusted names in the optics industry and the Terra is a scope that can be relied upon for its clarity and repeatability.

The scope is compact in size but rugged in its application. It will handle any type of condition it is taken out into. It has a low profile and is lightweight and is perfect for the hunter who prefers to be smoothly mobile as they stalk through thick undergrowth.

The scope comprises a 1 inch tube and requires 1 inch scope rings for mounting. The elevation and windage adjustments are done with audible clicks and each click corresponds to ¼ MOA.

The RZ reticle is located in the second image plane which means the targeted image is magnified and changes as the power is changed and the reticle size remains the same.

The concept of the Terra model is that it is designed to provide the maximum level of robustness possible while remaining very easy to use.

For more information about this scope or any of the products made by the company visit the Zeiss website

Vortex Diamondback 1.75-5x32 Riflescope

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 1.75 – 5x
  • Objective Lens Diameter (mm): 32
  • Field of View @ 100 yards: 68.3 – 23.1
  • Optimum Eye Relief (in): 3.5
  • Click Adjustment Value: 1/4 MOA
  • Length (in): 10.2
  • Weight (ounces): 12.8

The Diamondback range of scopes from Vortex are among the most popularly used by hunters thanks to quality and value for money reasons.

The scope features a 1 inch tube and uses a second focal plane Dead-Hold BDC (MOA) Reticle. The lens is fully multi-coated to increase light transmission with anti-reflective coatings on all surfaces.

It is constructed from a single piece of aircraft-grade aluminum to give it greater strength and rigidity.

The tube is sealed with O-rings so that dust and debris cannot get in. It is argon gas purged to ensure it remains fogproof and it is also fully waterproof.

The hard anodized finish gives it a flat matte surface to reduce glare to help with camouflage.

The zoom lens is operated with a smooth mechanism that will glide to each magnification level very easily.

Find out more about the company and all of the products available by visiting the Vortex website

Fixed Power v Variable Power

People looking to gain a small edge in terms of light capture prefer to use the fixed power scope over the variable with the belief being that you’re more likely to capture the last of the failing light to make your shot.

Another reason for using the fixed power scope is that there are fewer moving parts which means there is less chance that something will go wrong.

On the other hand, a lot of hunters like to have the control of adjusting their magnification depending on the type of shot they are trying to make.

Distance, size of target and time of day may all prompt a zoom adjustment and this can only happen with the variable power scope. Also, you have the versatility to increase the field of view for your closer shots.

If you know you will be hunting over shorter distances where there is a lot of cover, the preference may be to go for the fixed power scope. If the conditions are more likely to change from shorter to longer range, the variable is more likely to be your choice.


Dean · February 28, 2021 at 9:48 pm

In my experience regular eye relief scopes don’t have enough eye relief on the savage 99, especially a 3-9 on a higher power. I have used a 2x ier that worked well but was looking for a scope with more power for the occasional longer shot. Is this an experience shared by others and anyone have thoughts on an ier scope?

Joseph Huff · April 8, 2021 at 6:43 am

finally found one. Burris timberline, 4.5×14, long eye relief, weorks with medium rings. Dont’t need high mag, but fits good, works good.

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