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the .250 Savage. Winchester and
Remington each offer a single
load with a 100-gr. bullet and a
catalog muzzle velocity of 2820
f.p.s. It would seem that the market
figured out what Newton knew all
along: The heavier bullet is better.
While the .250-3000 cartridge
could hardly be called a failure, as
it was extremely popular for many
years before fading away, one still
wonders about the fate of the .2503000 if they had only listened to
Newton and offered both 87-gr. and
100-gr. bullets.
The cartridge name at some
point changed to .250 Savage, probably as it became evident that the
heavier bullet was a better fit and
the velocity was now below the
3000 f.p.s. mark. It was chambered
in multiple rifles through the years,
including the Savage Model 20 and
Model 40 bolt-action rifles, in addition to the Model 99. Winchester
also chambered it in the Model 54
and Model 70 bolt-actions. In 1984,
Remington offered the .250 Savage
in its Model 700 Classic Limited
Edition Rifle. Savage dropped the
.250 Savage from its rifles in 1961,
and for many years none of the
mainstream riflemakers has offered
a rifle chambered for .250 Savage.
(see sidebar at right).
Some say the .257 Roberts
doomed the .250 Savage after
Remington legitimized it in 1934,
but that cartridge is hardly setting
sales records itself. Others blame
the .243 Win., which is quite a bit
more likely. The .243 Win. was an
instant success and continues to be
in the top 10 of sales year after year.
It drives a 100-gr. bullet just as fast
as the .250 Savage, but with a better
ballistic coefficient and sectional
density. It also handles lighter,
varmint-weight bullets much better.
It is technically slightly superior to
the .250 Savage, but then again the
6 mm Rem. is slightly superior to
the .243 Win., and it lost the popularity contest as well, proving there
is often no logic as to which cartridge prospers. The .243 Win. was
continued on p. 62

Two Classics On The Range

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n 2009 these two great cartridges came back, chambered in Savage rifles. The
Model 14 American Classic features high-luster blue on the barrel and action,
and the stock is American walnut with a satin finish. The rifle has a detachable
box magazine and the Savage AccuTrigger. The stainless steel, synthetic-stock version is the Model 16FHSS, which has a hinged floor plate.
Gunwriter John Taffin had requested a Model 14 American Classic rifle in
.250 Savage. But when he wrote about it, the letters and calls started pouring in to
Savage headquarters. Apparently people have been waiting for such a combination for a long time (48 years by my count), and with even a hint that the
.250 Savage was available again, they responded en masse. So Savage
decided to bring back these two historic cartridges.
I wish we could just get the maker to bring back the Model 99 lever action! Actually,
that was being considered, and it looked promising for a while. The last report is that it
would simply be too expensive to manufacture such a complex rifle today. What a pity.
I did manage to get my hands on a couple of Model 14 American Classic
rifles in .300 Savage and .250
Savage for testing. I equipped
them with Leupold scopes, a
VX-II 3-9X 40 mm on the .300
Savage and one of the new
VX-3 3.5-10X 40 mm on the
.250 Savage-both in Leupold
mounts. I tested them with all
the available factory ammunition. The results are listed in
the accompanying table.
-BRYCE M. TOWSLEY

SHOOTING RESULTS (100 YDS.)
SAVAGE MODEL 14 AMERICAN CLASSIC IN .300 SAVAGE LEUPOLD VX-II 3-9X 40 MM
VEL. @ 15'
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

FEDERAL NO. 300A
150-GR. SP PS

2626 AVG.
14 SD

2,297

0.80

2.00

1.33

FEDERAL NO. 300B
180-GR. SP PS

2403 AVG.
17 SD

2,309

1.30

2.10

1.68

WIN. NO. X3001
150-GR. SX PP

2492 AVG.
31 SD

2,069

1.60

2.15

1.99

REM. NO. R30SV3
150-GR. PSP CL

2517 AVG.
24 SD

2,111

1.41

2.54

2.12

.300 SAVAGE
CARTRIDGE

GROUP SIZE IN INCHES
SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD
SAVAGE MODEL 14 AMERICAN CLASSIC
LEUPOLD VX-3 3.5-10X 40 MM
.250 SAVAGE
CARTRIDGE

1.78
IN

.250 SAVAGE,

VEL. @ 15'
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

REM. NO. R250SV
100-GR. PSP CL

2777 AVG.
26 SD

1,713

1.55

3.8

2.49

WINCHESTER
NO. X2053
100-GR. S-X ST

2691 AVG.
38 SD

1,608

1.70

2.6

1.93

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

GROUP SIZE IN INCHES
SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE

2.21

NOTES: ACCURACY IS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS AT 100 YDS. FROM A SANDBAG
REST. VELOCITY IS THE AVERAGE FROM 10 SHOTS FROM A 22" BARREL FROM AN OEHLER 35P
CHRONOGRAPH 15 FT. FROM MUZZLE. ABBREVIATIONS: PSP CL (POINTED SOFTPOINT CORELOKT), REM. (REMINGTON), SP PS (SOFT POINT POWER SHOK) S-X PP (SUPER-X POWER
POINT), S-X ST (SUPER-X SILVERTIP), WIN. (WINCHESTER), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).

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