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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-11-2014, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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.300 savage

I recently looked at a 760 Remington chambered in.300 savage
and really liked the gun waited on buying it not knowing
much about the caliber and wanted to do some
research first, from what I turned up, ballistically it would
be a great deer gun, my fear is finding ammo for it. The gun is
probably sold by now but my question is should I try to stick with a more popular caliber like .308, .270, 30-06, or is the .300
not that hard to find, I'm thinking long term. Thanks for reading.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-11-2014, 12:05 PM
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Re: .300 savage

The .300 Savage will be factory loaded for many, many years to come...tens of thousands of rifles are in use for it...great cartridge...
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Re: .300 savage

Yes, it surely will be factory loaded for a long time. Problem is, ammo makers only put out limited runs of it and the cost per box of factory ammo (Remington is the only one I know of) is almost twice that of the 30-06 in the same brand and bullet quality. For the .300 savage, it PAYS to reload.

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Re: .300 savage

The 300 Sav is a fantastic whitetail cartridge.
Just a bit less powerful than the 308, the 300 Sav was overlooked for the past +/-50yrs.
The cartridge was introduced in the Model 99, in 1925.
My dad had a Mod 760 in 300 Sav and would take it for bear. A tad underpowered for bear IMHO.

Remington, Federal, and Hornady all still make loaded ammunition for the 300 Sav, however as mentioned, the runs are limited.

If you're going to buy a rifle outside of the fab 5, you should really consider reloading.

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Re: .300 savage

If I were going to get a 760 and were considering a .300 Savage, I'd go .308 instead if nothing else, just for the availability and price of ammo. I don't reload, and I'm sure someone here will probably correct me on this, but I've heard that the short neck on the .300 Savage casing makes it difficult to reload?
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Re: .300 savage

I have been reloading for my .300 Savage for 30 years and have never had an issue. Maybe others do??? I load 165 grain Hornady Interlocks and they will print 3 shot groups at 100 yards in 1 1/2 inches all day long. Not too bad for a lever gun IMHO.
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Re: .300 savage

I haven't ever had an issue with reloading for the .300 I only ever run one bullet in it though-150 grain-Hornady Interlocks. I still have a very good supply of the old Winchester 150 grain Silvertip rounds though, and those puppies have taken A LOT of deer since my old man got the gun from HIS father.

MidwayUSA has 8 diferent offerings in the .300...only ONE in stock though and it's $47/box!

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/792252/...=ProductFinding

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Re: .300 savage

i'd go 308. my brother has a 300 and it is a fine caliber but it is expensive and hard to find. i buy all the 300 ammo i can find for him and it is rare at under $30/box. 308's are half that or a touch more.

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Re: .300 savage

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If I were going to get a 760 and were considering a .300 Savage, I'd go .308 instead if nothing else, just for the availability and price of ammo. I don't reload, and I'm sure someone here will probably correct me on this, but I've heard that the short neck on the .300 Savage casing makes it difficult to reload?
Not difficult to say. Just have to pay attention to over lubricating the cases prior to resize. Too much lube causes ripple dents in the shoulder ruining the case 9 times out of 10. The short neck poses a possible problem with seating. Too much pressure ramming a projectile and you could collapse the shoulder/neck.

Not a case I would start reloading with, the cases are temperamental and takes practice and patience.

At $30+ per 20, not a case worth ruining.

If you reload, and have for a while, it shouldn't pose a problem.

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Re: .300 savage

Lots of good info, but from the sounds of it I think I will look for one
offered in a more popular caliber, would like to find a 760 in a .308 carbine a guy I hunted with years ago had one and I always liked the look and practical use of the pump carbine. Thanks for all the response.
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