Help me decide if I should keep this new .308 I just traded into. Watched my grandpa mow alot of deer down in his day with that gun. It would **almost** equal the early .30-06 and is the ancestor of the .308, as the army started with it when developing the 7.72 NATO in the '50s. LGS has an absolutely beautiful octagon barreled 99... in 303 Savage... Disclaimer: The above is not holy writ. Barrel length plays a huge part in load performance. Back in the day, .303 Savage fans considered it superior to the .30-30, as its 190 grain bullet was heavier than the 170 grain .30-30 bullet. None of the loads given here displayed either adverse pressure signs or indications of case stretching, but all were worked up with great caution. Thanks for the responses, especially yours Jim. Older powders recommended for the .303 Savage with jacketed bullets that are still available include IMR’s 3031, 4064 and 4320, and Hodgdon 4895. Jacketed bullet loading data for the .303 Savage from Lyman Handbook, 43rd Edition ranges from 80 grains to 190 grains. If you seat a long bullet deeper, powder capacity is reduced. Watch for deer and stupid people they'll cost you if you hit one. There are probably one hundred thousand nice old 99s around in .303 Savage that are still usable and begging to be shot. At the time, after WWI, the .30-06 gave 2800 fps. All of the data included in this article was produced using Norma brass. As I remember right the 303 has a bit more recoil then the 300 savage. This was because of the early American belief that with jacketed bullets, a tighter fit would reduce bore erosion and increase velocity. Also you can find 150 grain rounds for both the only thing to say is that the 303 has a bit more speed and impact then the savage. The loads given in the accompanying table are all well within safe limits based on observations in my rifle. Joined: Jul 7, 2008 Messages: 733 Location: Hendersonville, NC. My current .303 was made in 1912 and has a 26-inch barrel. The 300 Savage is best with 150 jacketed bullets stepping along in a scope sighted rifle. There were enough “ifs” in the calculations already. I also have a model 99 300 savage. I know the Brit has a little more pop to it but I just love the 300 savage. Therefore, if using any other brand, proceed with caution until you get a feel for how much it will take without telltale pressure signs. This was a well-thought of hunting outfit before the advent of the .308 Winchester. First, bullet size: The name “.303” has confused several generations of shooters, with more than one article and loading manual stating that some rifles have .311-inch groove diameters and others have .308 grooves. Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by WNC Seabee, Jan 7, 2011. ? In .308 diameter, there is a vast range of bullets that can be used in the .303 Savage. H-4895, one of my all-time favorite powders, is still useful because it can be reduced substantially and still provide a perfect small-game or plinking load with a variety of bullet weights. This brings me to the starting point. Brass cannot be fashioned from .30-30 because it is fatter at the base, although the rim is the same size. The brass cases can be formed from .30-30 Winchester, .32 Winchester Special, and .38-55 Winchester casings. These are all Dominion cartridges. Since the cartridge can obviously deliver the performance, they are worth going to all the trouble. This email link is to reach site administrators for assistance, if you cannot access TFL via other means. Let’s take the problems one by one. That book from sometime around 1914. Ammo, brass, and data are reasonably available. Two, the rifle in which it was chambered, the venerable Savage 99, is stronger and generally more accurate than other lever rifles. It seemed to me that Hodgdon’s LEVERevolution offered the greatest potential in the Savage 99, which is, after all, a lever rifle. , Savage Arms created the .303 Savage as part of an unsuccessful attempt at creating a cartridge for the military. One intriguing variation was known as “.303 Miniature.” This ammunition was loaded with light bullets (80 to 110 grains) at modest velocities. Pet Loads and Handloader are registered trademarks of Wolfe Publishing Company. New propelants have left the little indian in the dust but at one time it was a true stud among rifle cartridges so I never feel underguned when I carry mine. As I remember right the 303 has a bit more recoil then the 300 savage. It is an excellent load. , The .303 Savage has a small, but loyal fraternity of shooters who reload this cartridge. 300 Whisper can be fired in a 300 Blackout - but - you can't fire a Blackout in a Whisper. Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: http://www.buffaloarms.com/baco-in.htm#select. renegade. Hornady makes a wide range of bullets that are excellent in the .303 Savage. These include IMR-4166, CFE 223, 8208 XBR and Hodgdon’s LEVERevolution. Today, handloaders can duplicate most of those, if not all. The .300 Savage is a Newton design, rimless, little taper, short neck. At the time, the .303 Savage was the company’s flagship cartridge. The .300 Savage is a Newton design, rimless, little taper, short neck. 0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. The maximum load given for the .30-30 with a 170-grain bullet is 36.3 grains, and that’s compressed. A 190-grain bullet at approximately 2,250 fps is no slouch, then or now, for hunting bears and moose, and far outperforms the best a handloader can expect from a .30-30 in a 20-inch carbine barrel. Although the cartridge was never popular with the military, it did become a popular round for civilian hunters. i would get a full auto bren gun .303 brit for deer. Instead of trying to cover every possibility, I stuck to what I consider useful, usable loads with appropriate bullets. Your mileage may vary. The .303 Savage became a commercial success and remained reasonably popular into the 1930's. As far as I know, the .303 Savage is now obsolete, as neither rifles nor ammunition are commercially available. While major ammunition manufacturers have long since halted production of ammo, dedicated followers can procure loaded ammunition and brass cases through smaller enterprises. Both would be a good round for that. Bullets ranged from 80 to 200 grains and included cast, jacketed, FMJ and even wire-wound options; although it was an early smokeless cartridge, factory ammunition was even available loaded with black powder. If there are guns in the room - one of them had better belong to you! All is still good, but of course it uses only powders available back then. 5 vote(s) 15.2% Thread Status: Not open for further replies. It was intended for small game, plinking or finishing shots on big game. The history of the .303 Savage is replete with misunderstanding and misinformation. WNC Seabee Member. While there is not room here to peep into all the historical nooks and crannies, a couple of points need to be made before getting into the intricacies of loading it. The .300 Savage was a big step above the .30/30 and old .303 Savage and, if one looks closely, it is still shoulder to shoulder with the much newer and much-ballyhooed .308 Win. The 150-grain InterLock RN is just about perfect for deer. These are still available, and no new powder has come along that will outperform them. The .303 Savage remained popular through the 1930s. The cartridge was designed for smokeless powder at a time when black-powder cartridges were still popular. The cartridge was designed for smokeless powder at a time when black-powder cartridges were still popular. No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort. 300 H&H, 300 Win Mag and 300 Weatherby - are also not interchangeable with 300 Whisper or 300 Blackout. Well both would take a deer down at close range. Both the IMR-4320 and LEVERevolution loads do that, so if I had to choose between them, it would depend on accuracy. "The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." Notice there are no cast-bullet loads. Does anyone else have both rifles and not really notice a difference? The .300 Savage gained immense popularity throughout the U.S as well as receiving an excellent reputation in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. I know folks that hunt elk with 99s in 300 Savage. The .300 Savage was released in 1920, firing a 150 gr bullet at 2630fps, 70fps shy of the then current .30-06 150 gr loading at 2700fps, an incredible achievement. One has to start somewhere, and my starting point was published loads for these powders in the .30-30 with comparable bullet weights. Also you can find 150 grain rounds for both the only thing to say is that the 303 has a bit more speed and impact then the savage. Limitations of the magazine restrict the use of spitzer bullets. The Barnes 190-grain Original bullet, seated to the cannelure, is a perfect fit in the Savage 99 box magazine. This means there is a plethora of bullets available. Bullets tested include the (1) Hornady 100-grain semi-jacketed, (2) Hornady 110 roundnose, (3) Hornady125 HP, (4) Speer 130 Hot-Cor flatnose, (5) Hornady 150 InterLock RN, (6) Speer 150 Hot-Cor RN and the (7) Barnes 90-grain Original. Fortunately, around 2005, Huntington Die Specialties (HDS) prevailed on Norma to produce a run of brass, which is still available. I tried the Hornady 125-grain hollowpoint spitzer but found I had to seat it too deeply, with the curve of the ogive below the mouth of the case. A-Square also made one run of .303 Savage around 2004, but there was never very much and, of course, A-Square is long gone. bullet and the .300 duplicated that. Being a pointed-tip rimmed cartridge, it worked well in the Model 99 rifles that Savage produced because of their rotary magazine. When I've been working up north during summer, my bush rifle was a no4Mk1 Enfield. The .303 Savage became a commercial success and remained reasonably popular into the 1930's. Jamison (now apparently out of business) also produced some, but there is little of it around. I actually prefer my 99 in 300 savage to my 308. This is not possible in a .30-30 with a tubular magazine. "When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat." If you have a firearm related question, please register and post it on the forums. However, the 99’s magazine box is not long, so options are limited by overall cartridge length unless you want to use it as a single shot. Login with username, password and session length. This allows me to go with heavier bullets and heavier charges of slower-burning powder, and get higher velocity instead of more muzzle flash. by biggamehunter69 » Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:50 pm, by caribukiller » Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:35 am, by mr.trooper » Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:41 pm, by great white hunter » Sat Dec 16, 2006 3:57 pm. The Canadian company continued production of .303 Savage ammunition long after it was dropped by American companies.
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