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Unread 09-29-2013, 11:49 PM
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Not long range savage model 99 308 win load suggestions

I inherited a savage 99 in 308 win a few years back and decided to take it out of retirement for the upcoming deer season. Anyone else have one of these and what are you shooting? I have a bunch of 180 sst's that my bolt action doesn't seem to like, but I know they crush deer pretty well. Any special considerations I should take into account when loading for a rifle like this? Its pretty old(1962) and I don't want to push it, but I would like to have it as a "grab and go" gun for brush hunting this fall. I love how well it shoots off-hand. Thanks in advance!
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    Unread 09-30-2013, 09:21 AM
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    Re: Not long range savage model 99 308 win load suggestions

    I think that you have a 300 sav and not a 308!
    If it is in fact a 300 sav I would not go above 40.0grn IMR4064 for a 150 grn bullet. The 300 sav uses the 308win brass that is trimmed down around 25thou and the bullet is seated a bit deeper witch severly reduces its case capacity. A lot of old timmers would use 308 win brass and trim it down to 300 sav length. CHECK IT TO BE SURE!
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    I agree with g0rd0. I have owned a few of the 99's and love them. What a neat rifle to be handed down. Most common chambering seemed to be in 300 Savage. I would be for checking this over close and let us know. One chambered in .308 WIN would be a rare one and would have some cool factor too.

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    Unread 09-30-2013, 11:12 AM
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    Re: Not long range savage model 99 308 win load suggestions

    Thanks guys. It is definitely a 308 win. I think its 1964 not 62, and its a feather weight model.
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    Re: Not long range savage model 99 308 win load suggestions

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    I agree with g0rd0. I have owned a few of the 99's and love them. What a neat rifle to be handed down. Most common chambering seemed to be in 300 Savage. I would be for checking this over close and let us know. One chambered in .308 WIN would be a rare one and would have some cool factor too.

    Jeff
    they did the 99 in .308 Win. Most I've seen use the regular box magazine. If you have the rotary magazine, the that will limit your over all length. Best bullets are probably 150 grains or less. I'd make a post on the Savage Shooters web site as they have a "99" forum.

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    You are very lucky to be handed down such a great and unique rifle. Even has the old Weaver tip off scope mount so the open sights can still be used. Pretty darn nice keep sake with tons of character.

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    Unread 09-30-2013, 12:24 PM
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    Re: Not long range savage model 99 308 win load suggestions

    I believe it is a rotary, with the indicator window on the left side. I always thought it was a sweet gun. It is going to be a "fair weather" hunter, for sure. I am hoping to find a similar year scope at an old gun shop to match up with it, since the one that is on it is questionable. I was planning on keeping everything standard length, and as simple as possible as far as the reloads go. If you guys think the 180's are too much I'll stop by the local gun store and see what they have for 150's. Thanks
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