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Old 11-10-2014, 05:00 AM   #1
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Savage 99 308

I'm looking to reload for my 99 in 308. Anyone out there have a favorite load? Also what should the O.A. bullet length be. I tried using the OA recommended in my reloading book and but the bullets wouldn't feed into the rotary block magazine.
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:20 AM   #2
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I'm looking to reload for my 99 in 308. Anyone out there have a favorite load? Also what should the O.A. bullet length be. I tried using the OA recommended in my reloading book and but the bullets wouldn't feed into the rotary block magazine.
Thanks for any help
Try 30-30 bullets are flat nose . Now remember the 30-30 bullets have thinner jackets then 308 and designed to expand at lower FPS . I use 150 gr on coyote at over 200 yds and worked great . The 308 bullet drilled thur yotes and the 30-30 bullets blow a big hole . Crimp them at the Crimp groove and they should work perfect for you . 170 gr should work great for you too .
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The only 99s in 308 I've ever seen had detachable, box magazines, not a rotary mag. Savage went to the box magazine for the 243 and 308 precisely because the rotary mag wouldn't accommodate the COL of the 308 and the 243. Not saying there is no such thing as a 308 with rotary mag, of course, since you obviously have one, but that would explain the problem. Have to wonder if maybe you have a 99 that was re-chambered or re-barreled to 308 from a 300 Savage (which has a shorter COL), but who knows? Trying to figure out 99s is always hard because Savage made umpteen variations on these guns and there are few records or resources available on the various models. Anyway, best of luck.
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Savage did make the 99 in 308 Win. using the rotary style magazine,it will determine what the correct OAL is for that rifle.

Being that it's going to be slightly shorter than the manuals listed OAL it would be wise to start with the starting loads for that particular bullet and powder combination and work up watching for pressure signs as case capacity is going to be slightly less with the bullet set deeper.

I have a Sav.99 in 300 Sav. which is basically a shortened version of the 308 Win. as well as the parent case the 308 Win. was devised from. I make all my own brass from once fired 308 Win. case individuals at the range used to leave lying around.
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