For our anniversary last weekend my lovely bride surprised me with a nearly new shape Savage 99. I had been wanting a 99 for some time but wasn't willing to settle for just any old rifle, how she knew which one to pick I'm not sure but she hit the nail squarely upon the head. I don't care for the tang safety models, wanted walnut instead of birch, had to have a brass counter, was only interested in the earlier calibers, and prefered that it not be tapped for scope use. I know I'm a picky fella, but by golly she found a rifle that fit all of my criteria and got it for me. The only things wrong with it, and they aren't really wrong, was that it had a good set of sling swivels added in the past, and three little dings in a row on the side of the butt. Every thing else about it is spotless and the rear swivel was installed on center even, the front is a barrel band so I don't have to worry about the forend cracking from the stress of a sling.
She he surprised me with it at the gunshow in Palmer by insisting that I buy a sack of 300 savage brass. Me having dense moments at times, kept telling her that I didn't have a 300 savage! She finally came out and told me that I indeed did have one and I should buy some brass and dies. I managed to find 60 cases and a set of dies for a reasonable price and hustled home to load some ammo.
I had a real nice old redfield reciever sight I have been saving for a while in my toolbox that I promptly installed. I stuck a slotblank in the rear dovetail and swapped the front bead out for a Sourdough of equal height. Laced a brand new tan latigo sling through the swivels and was all ready to go.
I loaded a pretty good array of bullets from 150-180gr with 3 or 4 different powders and we beat feet for rabbit creek Sunday after lunch. I must say, after firing 40 rounds through it, what a pleasure. I'm even surer now that my days of big magnum cartridges are numbered, I still like speed in my small bores but the big boomers are gathering more and more dust these days. The darn thing shoots very well too, as good as I can do with hunting style irons anyways. 1.5-2.5" at the hundred yard mark for five shot groups will work for me and what I have planned for this rifle.
I have already reloaded some of the brass from last weekend, with an array of different bullets of course this time 125, 130, and 150s from different makers. Can't wait to get back to the range and shoot it some more. I bedded the contact surfaces of the buttstock and massaged the trigger to a creep free 3lbs after we got home, should prevent cracks and maybe shrink the groups a little with a better trigger. We are headed to Kodiak the first week of December for a deer hunt and this will be my rifle for the trip, hope to tag a couple nice bucks with it.
So aside from bragging on my wife I started this thread to ask about any of you fellas' experience with the 300.