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I brought home a classic Savage 99F in 300 sav a few weeks ago. Needless to say, they are getting hard to find and often require a 2nd mortgage to buy.

This one was made in 1964 and is slick to work. I've been doing a bunch of reloading for it in the last month, and it seems to like the 150gr SST over Win 748. it consistantly shoots around 1.5" groups. It doesn't see to care for any other bullet or powder.
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The reloading manuals all seem to be overly optimistic with velocities in ALL the savage loads regardless of the bullet weights or powders. The 180gr bullets barely break 2200fps, and the 150s are going about 2550. I've tried Rel-15, 3031, 4064, and the win 748.

I had some older 180gr remington bullets and they are getting 2400fps. LOL

I may just settle on the 748 and the 150gr SST, but anyone have any other experience with the 300 savage with velocity info?
 

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A beautiful rifle, I love the 99's. Those velocities seem awfully low, isn't that a 24" barrel?
I gotta say you have a lot more guts than I do to do such a 'photo set up' with that metal butt plate on a doorknob!!
It's a 22" barrel. The 150gr factory loads are not much faster than my handloads. But all the manuals are saying about 2700 for 150gr bullets.
 

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Nice find on a great rifle! I had a M99 in .300 several years back with 24" barrel. I only managed to kill one Tn buck with it before I sold it because I decided 24" barrels were NOT my thing. I did get a pretty good deal on a 1968 M99C in .308 a few years back that shoots pretty well, but it hasn't spent a single day in a deer stand as yet. It also came with a 2nd magazine for it which was great as those things have gotten pricey of late. Not quite as bad as a pre 81 BLR magazine, but still pricey.
 
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yea 24" barrels are tough in the woods. This one is 22" and the rotary mag works great. No worries about losing a or damaging a clip. I think I'll use it around home for the coming deer season, at least opening morning. LOL.

I tend to use multiple guns over the course of a month long hunting season, depending on where and how i'm hunting.
 

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Dang, that is a seriously cool rifle. If I had the $$$$ I'd search one out myself. I've been trying to find some SST's for my Grendel for over a year now with no luck. Great combination.
 

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You might try Varget. It seems to produce higher velocities than other powders I've used. Lyman's reloading manual has data.
I don't have varget, and I have a lot of powders already You'd be jealous of what I have in my supplies. LOL.. I haven't even seen varget in nearly a year on any shelves. I might pick up some IMR 4166 in a few weeks. I think I saw that on a dealer's shelf a couple weeks ago..
 

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I brought home a classic Savage 99F in 300 sav a few weeks ago. Needless to say, they are getting hard to find and often require a 2nd mortgage to buy.

This one was made in 1964 and is slick to work. I've been doing a bunch of reloading for it in the last month, and it seems to like the 150gr SST over Win 748. it consistantly shoots around 1.5" groups. It doesn't see to care for any other bullet or powder. View attachment 102747

The reloading manuals all seem to be overly optimistic with velocities in ALL the savage loads regardless of the bullet weights or powders. The 180gr bullets barely break 2200fps, and the 150s are going about 2550. I've tried Rel-15, 3031, 4064, and the win 748.

I had some older 180gr remington bullets and they are getting 2400fps. LOL

I may just settle on the 748 and the 150gr SST, but anyone have any other experience with the 300 savage with velocity info?
Nice rifle. I have 3 Savage Model 99s. One is a takedown in .250 Savage manufactured in 1921 that belonged to my grandfather. The 2nd is also in .250 Savage manufactured in the early 1950s and given to me by my wife (found it in a pawn shop), and the the third rifle in .308 Winchester manufactured in 1955 that I also located in a pawn shop in San Angelo, TX back in 1980. All good shooters.
 

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Opening morning saw the Savage in my hands hoping for a willing deer to grace me with a opportunity. After seeing nothing the first 90 minutes of the day, I decided to go sneak around doing some still-hunting. I've always believed that if the deer aren't moving, you have to go to the deer.
20 minutes after leaving my watch, I saw movement in the thick woods next to a trail on the neighbors property. I readied the Savage and scanned the woods and brush to my left. There, looking my way was a head and a set of ears.
She offered no shot, but she made a fatal mistake. Instead of turning and going away from me, she ran to her left heading for some open woods. I pushed the safety off, followed her in the scope, and when she tried to cross the logging trail, I pulled the trigger.
The Savage barked, and she dropped in the trail. The 150gr SST had found it's mark and she was mine. Once I walked up to her, I had one thought, "she was a horse". She was the biggest doe I have shot in many years.
 

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Congratulations on your first harvest with that fine classic deer rifle.👍
 
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