I have decided to buy a new Savage this year in caliber 308 for deer hunting.
Right now I am leaning towards the model 14 euro classic, mainly because I like its looks, and it has iron sights, just in case I ever need those.
I am open to other suggestions and comments though.
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August 20, 2007, 10:46 AM
Find a Savage Model 99 w/ rotary magazine on the used rack. In either .300 Savage or .308, it is the primo deer gun.
Father Knows Best
August 20, 2007, 11:24 AM
+1 to Joe Demko. The Savage 99 is one of the best deer rifles ever made.
August 20, 2007, 02:35 PM
Find a Savage Model 99 w/ rotary magazine on the used rack. In either .300 Savage or .308, it is the primo deer gun.+1 to Joe Demko. The Savage 99 is one of the best deer rifles ever made.
I like the way these guys think.................
I will third that , do a search on Savage 99s theres a lot of good info here about them. My favorite hunting rifle is a 1950s savage 99 in .300 savage, its a beautiful gun that shoots well and has a "soul" to it unlike the latest and greatest synthetic stock guns . I like the .300 savage a lot, its a great round , you could say its the father to the .308.
If you find a 99 in .300 savage dont let that scare you off, Remington, Federal and Winchester all make this ammo in 150 and 180. All of my local stores carry it and its a nice deer round in 150. Good shooting..........
Father Knows Best
August 20, 2007, 02:56 PM
I should add that a Savage 99 in excellent condition can generally be purchased for $500 to $1000 depending on age, caliber, your location, and whether deer season is coming soon or just ended. You won't find many new rifles in that price range that even come close to the quality of the Savage 99.
August 20, 2007, 03:24 PM
One of my most favorite guns is my nice and CHEAP Savage 110 in 7mm Rem Mag. I also have a 7mm in a Winchester, but that Savage 110 is about the most accurate rifle I have ever shot. And for deer, it's awesome. Once the scope was sited in, it didn't matter if it was the 1st shot of the season or the 20th shot in a row out of a box, it was always dead on accurate. It feeds anything I give it and it keeps working. For a gun that you can find cheap and just about anyplace you look, I like the 110. Later... Mike....
August 20, 2007, 06:49 PM
Being left-handed, my options were somewhat limited, and I bought a Savage 110 in .30-06. I couldn't be happier with it. Great rifle. Paired with Remington's Managed Recoil ammunition, it's been great on Texas deer; I'm six-for-six with it.
August 20, 2007, 09:04 PM
Old 99H .30-30, cut down for a recoil pad and re-blued (only reason I could afford it) that I stuck a receiver sight on. The scoped 99C in .308 my Dad set up while he still hunted is nice, and box mags are convenient, but that H rig gives up nothing to scout rifles for handling and speed on target at shorter ranges...
A sling on either would be nice; dragging deer with one hand tied up carrying the rifle is a PITA.
August 20, 2007, 09:19 PM
While I don't personally own a 99, I wouldn't argue with a classic in the hands of people who have experience. That said, of my two Savages, one's a Model 11GL .243Winchester I bought new and it has sights on the barrel. The other is a used Model 340 in .30-30 that came with a Bushnell 3-9x40 on a side mount. They're both good shooters. While my main deer rifle is a Winchester .30-30 with a #2 tang sight, I'd take either of my Savages probably just as fast.
August 20, 2007, 10:50 PM
To the Savage guys out there, does the model 14 euro classic use the same barrel nut attachment as the model 10, 110. Just wondering how you would set up the head space and get the sights lined up top dead center.
August 20, 2007, 10:54 PM
I like their plane jane scope / rifle packages. inexpensive, and accurate to boot, comes in at least 8 calibers, from 204, up to 300 or maybe even 338 winmag.
Cocked & Locked
August 21, 2007, 12:30 AM
When I'm feeling "the part", I like to deer hunt with this model 1899 (pre-99) Savage chambered in the obsolete .303 Savage caliber (not same as .303 British).
This one was made in 1912 and will drop a deer with no problem.