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Old 06-09-2010, 11:34 AM
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Hi there,

Just wanted to get some feedback from those with experience on the effective range of the .300 Savage on deer and elk. A friend of mine has a Savage 99 in .300 Savage and was interested in knowing. Thanks.
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:35 PM
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Over the years when I was much younger my first hunting rifle was a 300 savage model 99, and I still have it. In those year I did kill several deer both Mule and black tail's. These shots were all one shot kills under 100 yards. One however was out in the 300 yard range and it took three to get the bucks down. As for Elk, when living in Oregon and Washington hunting on the coast, I did take three bulls all one shot kills under 75 yards.
From my experience the 300 is a good close range rifle and works very well in timber and brush hunting. shot placement is a must, but it has it's limitations.

Today my hunting is done with 7MM, 300 and 340 Weatherbys and these rifles have what it takes for those 200 plus yard one shots kills, however you have to understand even with all that enegry shot placement again is a must.

300 savage 180 gr 200 yards energy 1700
300 weatherby 180 gr 200 yards energy 2909
340 weatherby 185 gr 200 yards engery 3169
7MM weatherby 175 gr 200 yards engery 2254

So if you are over 200 yards the 300 savage will come up a little short.

Hope this helps

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Old 06-09-2010, 01:47 PM
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The 300 Savage is about like the 308 Winchester, which has no known limitations in the hands of a responsible hunter.
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:44 PM
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gun writers have had more to do with the popularity decrease in the 300 savage but there is too much going for it to see it go. my 300 has a 22" barrel and has better ballistics than my 308 with 18 1/2" barrel. any shot that i would take with a 308 i would also take with a 300. however trying to stuff 200 or 220 grain bullets in it is strictly a short range round. my 300 actually likes 165 gr and shoots better than another 308 i have with 22" barrel. if i got rid of one it would be the 308 based on nostalga.
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Old 06-09-2010, 06:26 PM
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I load my .300 Sav. with 150 Speer flatbase bullets . The flatbase leaves the maximum room for powder . That short neck can't be considered an asset ! I guess it's probably the third best non magnum .30 Cal. that's old enough to vote . I love mine and so will my grandsons !
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mine is a remington 700 classic, i load 150gr sierra pro-hunters with ramshot tac... due to the 24" barrel and the bolt action i can load it a bit warmer than the 99 but even for a 300yd shot 100fps doesn't make that much difference. to me it comes down to bullet construction and shot placement!
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:24 AM
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Took my 1st deer with a 300 Savage and hold it in high regard.With todays bullets, like the Barnes 130 TTSX for deer and the 150 TTSX for elk a guy would be in good stead. A reloader can easily bring the 300 into the modern era. If I was ever to build a rifle on the AR platform I would search high and low to have it chambered in 300 Savage. see ya, Bill
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I've shot/seen shot three Kodiak Island blacktails at ~250 yards. 150 BTips were fired out of 15" .300 Savage barrels on T/C Contender frames. All 3 were one-shot kills and the only recovered bullet passed through one deer the long way, entering at the brisket and lodging behind the liver. That bullet was perfectly mushroomed. Dozens of other deer were harvested at various ranges down to under 5 yards with similar results.

I'd not worry about .300 Savage performance at any range, just on the hunter's ability to place the bullet correctly.


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While I have always admired the 300 Savage and it was my first big game caliber, I have to disagree with those that think it is the same as the 308 Win. If you will look at FACTORY ballistics you will find it closer to the 30-30 than the 308. However it can be loaded safely to near 308 ballistics.
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My grandpa had only one rifle and it was a M99 300 Savage. Killed everything to include elk, moose, and tons of deer with it. He swore by 150 or 180 Winchester Silvertips and man, he was a deadly shot with it. I can't remember him every saying he wished he had more. He was an excellent shot though. Wished the M99 had of came my way when he passed, but it is still in the family, so that is good enough for me! Either way, I would say with a decent bullet the little 300 will do great things. Still would like to find a similar one for myself. Just too nice of a rifle to not own. Scotty
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:52 PM
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I've shot/seen shot three Kodiak Island blacktails at ~250 yards. 150 BTips were fired out of 15" .300 Savage barrels on T/C Contender frames. All 3 were one-shot kills and the only recovered bullet passed through one deer the long way, entering at the brisket and lodging behind the liver. That bullet was perfectly mushroomed. Dozens of other deer were harvested at various ranges down to under 5 yards with similar results.

I'd not worry about .300 Savage performance at any range, just on the hunter's ability to place the bullet correctly.


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Did you mean to say those 15" 300 Savage barrels were attached to a T/C "Encore" frame, instead of the Contender? I would think the 300 Savage would create quite a bit more pressure than you could subject a Contender frame to w/o doing some serious damage.
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does any one know how to fix the rotory mag it loads but does not retract i have to spin it by hand and would like to know how to fix it i know how to break down the gun except for the mag so please let me know post a reply or send me a pm thank you very much
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Arcata, if you go to this link: Misc. Good Info - 24hourcampfire .....and read through it, you'll find the answer you're looking for. Maybe on page 2, I can;t recall, but I've read it and know it's in there. With 2 nice model 99's, I still have not had the gumption to try the procedure, as "simple" as it seems to be. But since yours is not working at all, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

This is a short synopsis. Do NOT rely on my summary to do this
You must modify a screwdriver (or make a similar tool with a notch in the center) that will hold the "screw head" at the front of the receiver. Access it by taking off the forearm. Then loosen the forward-most screw on the left side of the receiver (this screw is directly above the counter viewport). Push it out just a little, from right side to left, while holding the screw head at the front of receiver. When you're confidant you have the screw head held, push the screw all the way out. Then rotate the forward screw head counterclockwise about one quarter turn. Reinsert the side receiver screw and see if that put enough tension on it. If not, remove the receiver screw and turn ccw a little more. The rotating barrel that you are turning has notches in it somewhat similar to flutes on a revolver cylinder. It is through these "flutes" that the screw passes. Each quarter turn or so of the cylinder winds the spring, adding resistance to the rotating magazine. Does that make any sense? I think the link above explains it better, with the added benefit of being explained by someone who has actually done it! ((()))

Also, I think there are pictures in there (or somewhere on the 24hrcampfire forum) showing the brass rotating bolt. If nothing else, after reading the posts in that link I gave you, then post a thread asking the guys there what to do. Someone will steer you right.

Here is an exploded diagram of a M99 DL. The receiver will most likely be different than yours, but the magazine parts should be very similar...if not the same.
http://www.gunpartscorp.com/catalog/...px?catid=13326


ON EDIT: OK. I found the post you need (click on the first link above). It is page 1, 8th post, by Rick99
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My Cousin Bill, who lived in Washington State used an iron sighted Savage Model 99 in .300 throughout his hunting years. Had great success harvesting Elk, Mule Deer, Blacktail Deer, and Black Bear. The Savage 99 was his favorite rifle.
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:18 AM
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I'd be comfortable with the .300 Savage to about 250 yards and be willing to stretch it to 300.
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I can't remember him every saying he wished he had more. He was an excellent shot though. Wished the M99 had of came my way when he passed, but it is still in the family, so that is good enough for me! Either way, I would say with a decent bullet the little 300 will do great things. Still would like to find a similar one for myself.
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.300 savage. It's better than you think.

I have my Dad's .300 Savage, and I used it to take my first deer, and second,etc. It wasn't until I started reloading for it due the ridiculously high cost of factory ammo, that I realized that there is a lot more to it than the factory loads. I learned that it can be safely loaded with 150 gr. bullets at 2,800 fps, and 125 grain bullets at 3,000. If these velocities are good in .308 factory ammo they're just as good in the .300. My 99 is topped with a Leupold 2x7 scope, and is very accurate. I can shoot both bullets in the 1moa + or - range. The .300 is a very modern design, and if it just came out, it would be all the rage.
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Savage Hunter I am sorry for replying off-topic in your thread with such a lengthy post. I wasn;t thinking - I should have checked and seen Arcata's other post in this forum...and replied to it instead.
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I have my Dad's .300 Savage, and I used it to take my first deer, and second,etc. It wasn't until I started reloading for it due the ridiculously high cost of factory ammo, that I realized that there is a lot more to it than the factory loads. I learned that it can be safely loaded with 150 gr. bullets at 2,800 fps, and 125 grain bullets at 3,000. If these velocities are good in .308 factory ammo they're just as good in the .300. My 99 is topped with a Leupold 2x7 scope, and is very accurate. I can shoot both bullets in the 1moa + or - range. The .300 is a very modern design, and if it just came out, it would be all the rage.
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I like the little .300 Savage as much as anyone , I own two . One is a 760 Rem. cut down to 20" and the other is a Rem. 722 with a 24" barrel . I can't get 2800 FPS from either of them . I'm thinking you don't have a cronograph Bob , but I've been wrong before , and lord willing , I will be again !
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I've taken a few deer with my 300 Savage but never considered much more then a 30-30. As for comparing it to a .308, ahh Ya , taint so, neither in accuracy or power. I think that may have something to do with why it was passed up by the military.
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