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250 Savage

250 savage

Charles Newton designed the 250 Savage in 1915. Savage Arms chambered it in its Model-99. It was originally marketed as the 250-3000, to highlight the fact that it launched an 87-grain hunting bullet at 3000 fps. This was no mean feat in 1915 when most shooters well remembered 2000 fps as impressive.

Because Newton envisioned it for use with lighter bullets, he specified a 14-twist for the rifling. Because of this, it will not stabilize efficiently shaped bullets heavier than about 100 grains.

A common chambering in the Model-99 Savage and several bolt-action rifles for many decades before introduction of the 243 Winchester; with well-placed shots the 250 earned a reputation for doing the job on deer and even elk. The modest recoil made it easier for many shooters to place their shots well.

As my friend, Terry Brewer, correctly observed: “There is no replacement for shot placement.”



Today, the 250 is seldom used for big-game hunting and is most important and famous as the progenitor of the wildcat standardized as the 22-250 Remington. This is too bad.

The 250 Savage developed a fine reputation as an efficient deer-hunting round. It generates modest recoil and has a flat enough trajectory so a hunter can zero it at 200 yards and use a dead-on hold for shots to about 250 yards. With the best modern bullets, it is still a fine choice.

Heritage of this case dates to the 1870s with the introduction of the 40-70 Ballard case.

The text associated with the cartridge description reflects opinions and conclusions of the author, M.L. (Mic) McPherson. Lee Precision and its employees do not necessarily either agree or disagree with any of his comments. We present these with due deference to his recognized expertise in the firearms field. His acumen extends to handloading and all aspects of ballistics - internal, external, and terminal.
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