.300 Savage ammo choices? Info/stories?


July 7, 2007, 10:32 PM
Theres remington, federal and winchester for the old school .300 savage. Which of these has been a good performer on whitetail or other animal? What weight?

I personally have killed 2 whitetails with an old savage 99 shooting remington corelockt and both deer dropped ethically. The second one was shot at about 100 yards and was stone cold dead in less than 9 seconds, so any doubts I had about this round were eliminated.

Share some stories if you want to.

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Sav .250
July 9, 2007, 11:12 AM
My( 1952) Sav 99 in .300 seems to like the Remington 150 gr. Although I like Winchester.
Shot a 7 point last fall with it and he didn`t go anywhere.

July 9, 2007, 05:23 PM
Anyone shot an Elk with the .300 savage? How many yards out? What Grain?

Joe Demko
July 9, 2007, 07:41 PM
No elk, I'm afraid. I've shot 5 PA whitetails with the Remington factory load. None of them required a second shot or any tracking. Love the Model 99 and love the .300 cartridge.

July 9, 2007, 07:51 PM
I always used the 150 grain for deer......it's going to expand better and maybe give you a little quicker kills.

I never used it on elk, but it will certainly kill elk and you'd want to go to the 180 grain version. If you keep in mind that it's a little less powerful than the .308 Winchester and a little more powerful than the 30-30 Winchester......you'll have a good feel for what to expect.

I've always thought it an excellent caliber with good killing power and mild recoil. It's similar to the 7X57 in that way.

I like it. I haven't used one in years and when I did, it was an old Remington Model 722 with a 24-inch barrel. That was a great rifle.

I'd call that a 175-200 yard gun on elk.

July 14, 2007, 07:41 AM
My Dad (deceased 2004) killed stacks and stacks of big game with his 300 Savage lever action rifle. He hunted with round nose 180 grain ammo for everything including antelope.

Dad's 300 was purchased shortly after WW2 when he was surveying for the Hungry Horse dam project near Kallispell, Montana. Back in those days, few local hunters owned jeeps or 4WD trucks and game was not very spooky once you went beyond the foothills near town. Dad killed a big grizzly bear in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in 1952 while elk hunting. He shot it twice.

In the early 1970's Dad was working on the huge power plant at Guernsey, Wyoming. We ate nothing but wild game during those times. None got away from his hard hitting 300.

I wanted a 300 just like Dad's but this caliber was difficult to find at the time. I got a 30-30 instead and its been a keeper for me. I bought a 99 Savage in .308 in 1982 and it has been an excellent elk rifle. I hunt with Remington core-lockt ammo and pointed version of the 180 grain soft tip.

Good hunting to you.


trader vic
July 14, 2007, 07:59 AM
I used a 300 Savage Super Sporter Model 45 for over 30 years. It has been used by 4 generations in my family, I couldn't tell you how many deer have been taken with this fine rifle. Years ago I used Win silvertips, then we started to reload. Always used a 150 gr bullet, we never had a deer get away. The rifle is semi-retired now, I shot a doe with it several years ago, just for old time sake. It's still ready for action. NRA PATRON LIFE MEMBER

July 14, 2007, 08:04 AM
I was raised in Wheatland, near the power plant. In the early 1960's I hunted with a friend who used a .300 Savage on everything from pronghorns to elk. I don't know what ammunition he used, but most kills were one shot and dead in a matter of seconds.

On another note, I hated to see the power plant go in. If Houston, Denver or some other city wants the power, let them ship in coal and get the pollution. The Grey Rocks dam ruined the best duck jump shooting I had.

Art Eatman
July 14, 2007, 10:42 AM
Aside from the issue of chamber pressure limitations, the .300 Savage and the .308 are darned near the same critter. The Savage would thus give up a bit of range, but basically if a .308 will do the job, so will the .300 Savage.


July 14, 2007, 11:02 AM
Has anyone handloaded 165 grain bullets? Would this bridge a gap between the 150 to 180 loadings that are currently available ?

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