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.
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.
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.
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....
For the most part, I have very little interest in quarterbores, and figure I will probably never own a 25-06 or 257 Roberts.
The 250 Savage, on the other hand? I've always had a fondness for it.
I have a spare M700 short action laying around that I've been trying to figure out what to build on. I was thinking 243 Win, but the 250 Savage keeps popping up in the back of my mind as a possibility...
I have owned 4 rifles in .250-3000, two Savage 110s,
an FN Mauser Supreme, and a Remington 700 Classic.
I killed one deer with one of the Savages, neck shot
at about 60 yards. Frank Riddle sounds familar, has
he passed on?
For anyone getting into loading for the .250, try H414 (Winchester 760 is the same as H414)....I've used it in several .250s and it has performed well in all....milder loads for the 99s-stiffer for the bolt action rifles....start low and work up in .5 grain increments....standard primers and 100 grain Sierra or Hornady flat base spitzers.....Winchester brass....keep the bullet off the lands....
I grew up next door to the riddles,knew Red & his wife Lura & the boys.years later Red built me a 6.5x 55 w a beautiful french walnut
stock.it would always drive a tack.short barrel like most of his rifles. I have carried this hunting deer turkey for 50 yrs,the rifle looks
and shoots very well.Most of Reds stocks were made by Bill Early.i knew he took all summer just to apply the 21 coats of legue finnish.