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from Salladthewhitet... on 12.10.11
My family has had a .300 Savage 99 since the 1940's. It is very accurate with a flip rear sight and/or a peep sight. Carefully aimed, you can get a shot group of 6 inches at 100 yards, easy. The rear peep site is very nice for thicker woods. The thing I find interesting about this discussion is the absence of any comments about the lever action and the 6 round cylinder magazine. This makes the model 99 a jam-free easy to load unique gun. You will like it.
IMHO~ the 243W and 7mm/08R are tops in the Deer woods for one-shot STOPS,(Neck,HI-Lung,Hart)pick your shot..Bullit Placement is every thing and DONT go cheap on a scope!
Thank you for the tip 25-06. I will have to look into them for next year! Congrats on the doe.
Smitty if you reload you have to try the Barnes TSX 85gr bullets in your 243, we shot a big doe Friday around 150 yds and I have never saw a deer go down that fast in my life. Like you said about behind the front shoulder thats where it was and it was like someone pulled the rug out from it (DRT) DEAD RIGHT THERE!!!
300 Savage is a great deer round. Not a noticable difference it and the .308. Shot placement is key to anything you try to kill. A 7mm mag to the butt is going to kill the deer a whole lot slower than a 243 to the front shoulder even though it is a much bigger bullet. Yesterday i got a little curious so i took the coyote gun (.243) out for deer. I hit one through both front shoulders at 60 yards. It dropped in its tracks. Later in the day i watched my little brother shoot one behind the shoulders with my deer gun (.308) at 18 yards and we had to track that one. It only went 20 yards but the moral of the story is that a good shot will kill a deer and caliber is not as big of deal as it may seem.
The 300 Savage will serve you well, read up in a re-loading manual and you will find it is right on the heels of a 308. Plus its a classic caliber it will do what the 308 can.
300 Savage will do great on deer. When compared to a 308 there is hardly any difference. 300 Savage will get the job done, it is as easy as that.
Great deer round....don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Like Kody said....deer cant tell the difference between a 300 and 308 when it blows through their vitals.
I have never used a 300 Savage but there are more than a few knowledgable guys who claim it to be the ideal deer round. Most deer are not aware of what gun fired that 30 caliber 150 grain bullet into their vitals. Furthermore, the fact that it was travelling a couple of hundred feet per second than it may have travelled out of the slightly more powerful 308 did not make a hoot of difference. The 300 Savage and the 250 Savage refuse to die because they are great cartridges that get the job done without as much fuss as the .308 and 30-06.
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