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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-18-2010, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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250 Savage

I'm interested in learning more about the 250 Savage. Who has one, do you like it, what make and model do you have, and what sort of big game is it good for, etc.?
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-18-2010, 01:27 PM
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Re: 250 Savage

I have a savage 99 and a savage 14 in 250. I love to shoot them both. Very little recoil and very accurate. I havent killed a deer with either yet(been gettin lucky bowhunting) but cant wait until I have the chance. In his great book Shots at Whitetails Larry Koller has pretty high praise for the 250 as a deer gun. With bullets less than 100grs I am sure it is dynamite on coyotes and varmints.
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post #3 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-18-2010, 01:33 PM
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Re: 250 Savage

Had a friend that used a Savage 99 and had problems with the heavier .25 cal bullets (key-holed). The twist rate in many doesn't stabilize the longer bullets.

87 - 100 grs in a good designed bullet will do the job on a whitetail.
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Re: 250 Savage

I view at is a "fun" gun. It has enough horsepower to be considered more than just a varmint gun, but is very pleasant to shoot and doesnt act like a cannon. I have shot silhouette several times with one and with a good load, they still carry enough steam to knock the rams over at 500 meters, usually.

If nothing else, they're pretty cool simply because not everyone has one.
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Re: 250 Savage

I just re-barreled a 700 to 300 Savage, the 250's papa. The 250 and 300 savages are light for their caliber, but work fine. You can take deer with the 250, but I wouldn't try anything larger.
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Re: 250 Savage

had one in a Winchester model 70 carbine. Killed five deer with it until I got in one of my stupid moods and sold the gun. I can't get it back now from him and still kick myself for that move.

I gotta go agitate the techies!
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post #7 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-22-2010, 05:32 PM
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Re: 250 Savage

I read "Shots at Whitetails" by Larry Koller when I was a kid and became enamoured by the 250-3000....I have a few Model 99's in this caliber but have never fired any of them, keeping them as collectors.
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post #8 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-22-2010, 08:18 PM
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Re: 250 Savage

I guess I've owned about every domestic model .250 made....down to a pair of 99Fs and a 700 Classic now....killed a few deer with 100 gr. handloads and all died very quickly....

Older 99s, pre 64 70s and the 1920 Savage bolt action have 1-14 twists which often do not like bullets heavier than 87 grains which will usually not stabilize in that twist.

A pioneer BR shooter & gunsmith from Oil City, Pa, Frank Riddle, counted the .250 as his favorite and killed a bunch of deer and one black bear with the 87 gr. bullet. He also built some dandy ultra-lightweight .250s on 98 Mausers that shot like a house afire....

It's a great little cartridge, IMO....
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post #9 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-22-2010, 11:41 PM
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Re: 250 Savage

Big Ken I have a savage99 in 250 made in 1915/1916 and shoot it. I know it is a collectible but they beg to be taken in the field.
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Re: 250 Savage

You're right..I got dies for the 250, just need to load some up and put a scope on the 99F......I'm gonna work on it.
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