Ammo help.

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  1. ApprenticeDG

    ApprenticeDG Refuge Member

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    Hi everyone. My name is Nate. I am a turkey and waterfowl jr hunter. I am starting to get into deer, pig, elk and other big animals. I have a friend who is lending me his rifle. He says it's a 308. Model 99 savage? I need to know what round i should load into it. People i know say to load a 300 savage 150 grain. But that's a 300 caliber right? wouldn't i want to get a 308. savage round. I'm really confused with this Please help.
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  2. musher

    musher Elite Refuge Member

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    The caliber is a 308 Winchester. The gun manufacture doesn't matter its what the gun is chambered for. Be sure to check the barrel stamping to verify.

    A 150 grain big game bullet should do the job for all species listed. Do a little reading on the caliber to understand the ballistic and range limitations. A 308 should do fine out to the range most people can accurately shoot.
     
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  3. PrairieDream'n

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    This isn't necessarily correct. The caliber could very well be in 300 Savage, a pet caliber developed by Savage for the Model 99 you speak of. A .308 Winchester round CANNOT BE FIRED IN A 300 Savage, and if it is fired the damage to your rifle, and likely a considerable portion of your face will be considerable. READ THE BARREL STAMP, the 300 Savage is an excellent round, albeit a little more difficult to find as most modern firearms now shoot the .308 Winchester, leaving the Savage a largely defunct round... but Midway has them.. here's a link.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/300-savage/br?cid=9362
     
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    PrairieDream'n is correct. I should have stated IF it is a 308 Winchester. Verify the barrel stamp because the 99 was chambered for multiple calibers including the 308 Win and the 300 Savage
     
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    See what it says on the barrel. If not certain, take to a gunsmith or someone familiar with rifles.
     

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