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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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WexfordBowhunter said:
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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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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If you want to get a 300sav and get into reloading, I'll sell you brand new RCBS dies and 3 boxes of 300sav brass
For $50
 

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Had an opportunity at a savage 99 in .300 savage about a year ago and I am still kicking myself for not picking it up. It is a great cartridge for deer and bear. I would feel comfortable shooting most anything in America with it and the recoil is very manageable the only negative that I can see is that not as many people shoot the cartridge due to the fact that it is not that much different than the .308 and therefore it is not as readily available as other rounds and usually more expensive, but great cartridge.
 

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Man, I hate to hear about the ones that got away...
 

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got a 99e my pap got me in 1976 new...love that gun,...killed alot of deer with it..even my first buck....havent used in years due to due archery kills..lol..shoot a 180 gr soft core loct.remington...hard to find for sure I think they might only due 150gr now
 

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Uncommon to find 180gr factory loaded 300sav due to low velocities. Most common is 150gr. followed by 165gr.

I shoot 140gr Hornady FTX stoked with IMR4064 from my dads old 760 with great success
 

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I use to buy my buddy in New Hampshire a box of 300 Savage every year for his birthday, never had trouble finding them in any gunshop........Walmart might not carry them , don't know....
 

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backwoods79 said:
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.
A 760 .308 Carbine is going to set you back some serious dough....Nice ones are getting hard to find....I wouldn't worry about finding .300 Savage factory ammo...three boxes will last a long time....
 

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RonM said:
I use to buy my buddy in New Hampshire a box of 300 Savage every year for his birthday, never had trouble finding them in any gunshop........Walmart might not carry them , don't know....
Not terribly hard if you know where to look. Getting expensive though. I have no problems with hard to find calibers. I reload. I do let my LGS know I'm getting low and he will order me the out of date calibers I got.

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...I wouldn't worry about finding .300 Savage factory ammo...three boxes will last a long time....
I could not agree more. The average shooter won't go through a box a year. You're talking about a few extra dollars a box keeping you from buying a rifle??? You can always save those casings as well and post them on the for sale forum here and recoop a few dollars if it's THAT big of an issue.
 

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Personally, I would rather have the 300 Savage then the 308. For no other reason then its different. There will be no on game performance difference between the two. There will also be no accuracy difference. I would bet that your great grand children will still be able to buy 300 Savage ammo a long time from now. While the ammo will cost more, to me it wouldnt be enough to not buy. As far as availability, I have noticed that when some of the common calibers are sold out at the gun shops the less common calibers are still in stock. I have reloaded for the 300 Savage, and it is no different than reloading for any other cartridge.

Good luck, Tony
 
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