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    Posted: January-02-2019 at 2:36pm
Steve, it should shoot uber hard- harder than the current model 25 shoots. If you're talking about an aluminum drink can, it should go through several cans in a row. Adding oil to rejuvenate the seals can be done with the gun assembled but it's easier if it's taken apart. That said, if you want to you can try

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Good to go. Another old Daisy back in service. It even shoots pretty good, so I think the seals are ok. Oiled them up so hoping it will build even better power. At about 10 yards it won't reliably penetrate a pop can, but it did manage to punch through a couple of times. 
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Thanks gents! I have a new shot tube on-order from Daisy for it. I don't *think* it's a single shot? I guess I'll find out when the shot tube gets here. By the manual, it looks like the tube is unscrewed from the barrel and then there is a tab I slide forward to expose the fill port. The manual says it's a 50 shot tube, if I remember correctly. 
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SteveinUT, if you see this re read my post- I edited it.
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Steve, I wish I had a nickle for each Daisy I found with a missing shot tube. There were a few comments on here a while back on that subject, and the frustration it causes. Some of us have "Frankensteined" those guns by screwing in model 25 shot tubes. The length may not be exactly the same but it might get the gun back in shooting condition.

I have a couple extra tubes on hand for just such an occasion. Daisy still sells them. Less than $15 each as I recall.

Is your 99 a single shot or some other variation?
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It likely is a letter L, that would follow the REG. NO. pattern of one letter followed by six numbers. There's a chance it was made Nov. 1976 but w/o the lever being there to give a clue I just cannot be sure. There's a good chance your gun was made before it was possible for anyone knowing how, to read the date from the stamping. To be sure you will need to send a form in to the Daisy Museum, there's a link at the end of the first paragraph of post #1.
 
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Very informative thread. I just got a Mod 99 today, for free. In pretty decent condition, too, except the shot tube is missing and it has a broken lever. Just got a lever ordered off of Ebay and I ordered a new shot tube from Daisy. I think everything else is good, but I am new to these older Daisy's. If anyone can tell me the approximate manufacture date for this 99, I'd appreciate it. I'm just curious. Wood stock with a missing medallion, and wood forend, along with a factory sling. It is: 
Reg# 607075 It *might* be L607075. I can't tell if the "L" is just a small scratch that looks like an L or not. Thanks! 
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Thanks for that, I appreciate it.
 
PLEASE CHECK HERE FOR UPDATES 
I'm listing these things by the approximate time they began so new entries will not necessarily be added to the end of the list.
 
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12-18-18 Added info about dating Heddon/Victor guns
12-19-18 Added when warnings appeared on guns
12-24-18 Added Sears model info
1-2-19 Added when plastic started
1-3-19 Amended date bluing ended
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Once again, this is good stuff, Cobalt. I even printed off this info to use as a handy reference. It is waayyyy too much to commit to memory.....at least for me. Good to have on hand.
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DATING CLUES

  • Daisy started using plastic for stocks and forearms in late 1950

  • Look for a “REG. NO." / “REGISTER NO.” or a "LOT NO." Daisy began stamping guns with register numbers in 1952; "LOT NO." started about 1972
  • Blued ended, painted began 1952-‘53
  • High (newer) lever pivot position began on Red Ryder Model 94 Carbine on May 10, 1954
  • Oil holes began about 1955, same time as leather seals were changed to synthetic seals
The “OIL HERE” hole does indicate synthetic seals, however there are guns like the the later Plymouth made 155 that have no oil hole yet uses a synthetic piston and barrel seal.

  • Scope holes started about Sept. 1955. Last seen (so far) is on a model 111 REG. NO.  K372285 that has the “Daisy Quality Products” sticker on the lever flange and scope holes. According to Joe Murfin its date is Oct. 1973.

  • Look for “Plymouth MI” or “Rogers AR”. Daisy moved from Plymouth to Rogers in 1958
  • On sears guns, the J.C. Higgins brand ended shortly after Sears introduced the Ted Williams brand in 1961
  • The round dime-size woodgrain Daisy sticker on the lever flange was used when Heddon/Victor was involved with Daisy, seen between ~1970 and ~1977

 

  • Plastic trigger/non removable shot tube began 1979-’80

  • Slotted screws changed to phillips about 1973

  • Warnings cast/stamped on the gun began ~1988

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