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Old June 17th, 2020, 06:37 PM #1
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303 Savage

A friend has a chance to buy a 303 savage and asked me to teach him to hand load.I researched it some and it seems like brass may be hard to find at times.Factory rounds are hard to find and off the chart expensive.Should I sway him to buy a different rifle in another caliber?

He owns one other rifle in 338 something and he wants a less recoiling cal for deer hunting.
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I wouldn't ever choose an uncommon caliber due to availability issues.

.308 or .243 are both adequate rounds for deer. Throw a compensator on and both are easy enough on the shoulder.
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.303 Savage is a decent deer round, but very obsolete. I don’t think anyone has made a rifle in that round since the Truman administration.

Do they have a Savage Model 99 by chance?
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Do they have a Savage Model 99 by chance?
Yup,a 99 and a very reasonable price tag
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Yup,a 99 and a very reasonable price tag
I have a 99 in .303 Savage and I load for it. It is a fun round. Finding brass is the tricky part. Once a year or so, PPU does a run of brass.
If reloading is not in the picture, .303 savage is a hard pass.
https://www.buffaloarms.com/303-sava...rtizan-303sav2
https://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog...roductId/75913
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If it was me I'd go ahead and get it. I sort like oddballs.
A quick search shows Midway has brass .50 a piece and loaded ammo on Ammo seek for about $2.00/round

I was in the same boat when I bought a 30-40 Krag, I've never shot anything through it that I hadn't loaded myself
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Nobody buys a 99 in .303 Savage today because it'll do anything that other cartridges can't.

But if you want a Model 99? In 303 Savage? Cuz history? Cuz you like the rifle? Cuz nostalgia? Just because?

Then hell yeah! Lay in a good supply of brass and a set of dies, and have some fun extending the life of an older rifle and cartridge combo. Kill a few deer with it while you're at it!
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.303 is a fine cartridge very manageable recoil. If you can get a nice unmolested Savage 99 at a fair price grab it though your friend may want to buy something else for regular hunting, even if its just a basic .308 bolt action.

Will require hand loading or purchases through a obsolete ammo manufacturer like Buffalo Arms. https://www.buffaloarms.com/303-sava...of-20-hor80495
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PRVI and Petersons makes 303 Savage brass and all of the big name online retailers sell it at reasonable prices.
Check out Midway, Graf's, Powder Valley. Some of what was oddball and difficult to get in past decades is not so hard to find today.
There's no need to avoid it. Google and you'd never guess it's an odd, obsolete cartridge from the plethora of fans.
You can use any .308 bullet you can feed from the magazine of a 99.
The Lyman and Lee books as well as Pet Loads have data with common bullets and powders.
https://www.handloadermagazine.com/303-savage
https://www.chuckhawks.com/303_savage.htm
Hodgdon only has W748 data for some odd reason.
www.loaddata.com and www.ammoguide.com are pay sites with data from published sources.
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Thanks for the info guys.Looks like the brass isnt as hard to find as I thought it would be.Im sure he will be buying the rifle now
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