One of my favorite rifles is my vintage Savage 99 lever action, chambered – of course – for .300 Savage. I have “loved” these rifles since I was a kid looking at them wistfully in magazine ads, and have not lost any of that enthusiasm after having one and shooting it quite a bit. I’ve killed more deer and hogs with this rifle/cartridge combo than any other, and if forced to chose only one rifle to hunt with, it would not be a bad choice.
When I took “Ol’ 99” out for its first hunt of the season this year, however, I immediately noticed that when my cheek was in position on the stock, my eye and the scope did not line up properly. Hmmm? I know I’ve lost weight since last year, but not THAT much, and I don’t remember this being a problem in the past. Of course, I don’t remember a lot of things like I should anymore!
Because I want the rifle to “work” for me, and I do not imagine I’ll ever part with it, I began thinking of an add-on cheek piece to “level the playing field”. I use a device from Karsten on my Contender carbine stocks that is truly adjustable, but not hugely attractive, and was considering another for the Savage. While searching Amazon for information on ordering from Karsten – as they seem to be selling direct again, for the most part – I found literally hundreds of cheek pieces of various types. I don’t mind using something that is pretty much “permanent”, but wanted it to look less than obvious, as this IS a classic rifle.
What I finally chose was the Accu-Riser cheek piece from Leatherman Traditional Leather Products, Inc. – www.accu-risr.com. Despite the company name, this product is NOT made of leather! It is a Kydex saddle-type piece that fits over the comb of the stock and can be positioned where it most benefits the shooter. It can be temporarily mounted using (supplied) double sided tape and velcro straps, or screwed in place for a more permanent mount. I chose to screw mine.
The Accu-Riser has interchangeable rubber pieces (2) that snap on the top to change the height of the device, and the larger of the two worked for me. This cheek piece definitely works, is reasonably priced, and does not detract much, if any, from the lines of and appearance of the stock.
For a more adjustable cheek piece, the Karsten style cannot be beat, in my opinion – if you don’t mind drilling a couple of holes in your stock. Designed mostly for the “tacti-cool” crowd, probably, this cheek piece is also Kydex, and can be moved to any height desired, within the limits of its travel, and adjustment is fast and sure. Unlike the Accu-Riser, though, be aware of which side you shoot from before mounting this one, or you could end up with a couple of bolts imbedded in your face!