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Posted: December 17 2016 at 8:49am | IP Logged Quote Paul5388

I have a bull barrel for a H&R somewhere. It's supposed to be a 1:10, but I think it's a 1:12, since it doesn't shoot 100 gr bullets well. I replaced it with a .25-06 barrel and never looked back.

My first centerfire was a M600 in 6mm Rem. #1 son has it now, I bought it new in 1965. When I was younger, I shot a three shot group with it you could cover with a dime. I was using Norma 205 at the time.

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Ranger, there's a lot to be said for the .243 Win.   I have some larger caliber
rifles but they sit in the safe unused.   Seems these smaller cartridges cover
just about anything you could hunt.   

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Posted: December 17 2016 at 11:28am | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

I loaded several hundred rounds for a buddy's Savage 99F chambered in .243 Win. He used it for all his hunting needs and always had it in his pickup or on his horse with him for quick use against coyotes. He traveled all over in rural areas to shoe horses for others and it got lots of use with it's open sights.

He sent the little rifle home with me to work up a load and I took a liking to it very quickly. It was handy as all get out and accurate to boot, once I got the load worked up for it. I recommended my favorite all around bullet, the Sierra 85gr. HPBT Gameking and he thought that would be just fine. It worked out perfect for him.

That rifle had a tight chamber and being lever action, I had to make sure that I fully resized the brass and only used brass from factory loads or rounds fired in chambers that were tight as well for easy action cycling. Other than that small amount of fuss, it was a very slick little rifle.

I went to a gun show a few weeks back and I saw three Savage 99 models there. One was in .308 Win. and both the other two were in .300 Savage.



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Posted: December 17 2016 at 12:10pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Bad thing about the 99s, people seem REAL proud of them the past few years. Gotta look long and hard to find deals on them anymore.

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Posted: December 17 2016 at 2:03pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Well that's not a problem for me as that rifle never appealed to me. Stepson got one in .308 Win and stuck this monstrous scope on it and he shoots a 3' pattern at a hundred with it. Yes, I said three foot pattern. And those are just ugly weapons to me.

I'll go with a boltgun and be happy as long as I can get one with iron sights on it.

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richhodg66 wrote:
Bad thing about the 99s, people seem REAL
proud of them the past few years. Gotta look long and hard to find deals
on them anymore.


I gotta go along with that. I have one in .358 Win. and some of the prices
I see a "99" going for in that cartridge frankly floor me. Damn tempted to
sell the one i have. Could ask enough that I'd make a decent profit and
the buyer would have room to make a profit as well.
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Posted: December 17 2016 at 3:17pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Ranger. Scrounge around the used gun racks for a Winchester M70
push feeder in .243. Most should have iron sights, especially the post 64
to post 68 guns.Most should be reasonably priced. Mine was a whole
$250 and was made in 1966. Got it from a friend moving to Bostom MA
and feared he couldn't take it with him. Had a decent Leopold scope on
it as well.
I did a real serious copper cleaning job on he gun and it's a tack driver
now with the 100 gr. Hornady SP. So far it hasn't done as well the the 85
gr. Sierra BTHP but still falling within an inch. One of these days I'll get
around to refinishing the stock but for now I'll just shoot it as is.
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Back in the early eighties I bought 2 of the 99s for my sons first rifles oldest son has a 300 with the brass rotor the youngest has the 308 feather weight with the brass rotor the 300 is in real good condition they both shoot very good groups wish I would have bought 3 I would like one to don't need it but sure would like one. Randy
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Posted: December 17 2016 at 4:22pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

A Model 70 would be delightful!

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Paul B. wrote:
richhodg66 wrote:
Bad thing about the 99s, people seem REAL
proud of them the past few years. Gotta look long and hard to find deals
on them anymore.


I gotta go along with that. I have one in .358 Win. and some of the prices
I see a "99" going for in that cartridge frankly floor me. Damn tempted to
sell the one i have. Could ask enough that I'd make a decent profit and
the buyer would have room to make a profit as well.
Paul B.


I payed quite a bit for my .358 Savage 99. In my opinion and based on the conditions I hunt in, it is as close to the perfect deer rifle there is. Not letting mine go anytime soon.

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Old Ranger wrote:
Shucks, at a hundred with my Rossi 92 with just .38Spl and the stock buckhorn rear sight and a brass bead up front I easily manage 1.5" and average around 2". In my woods a long shot is 45yds, and a scope would just be in the way.


Actually, any one of millions of m94 Winchester 30-30's would do what you want! The ammo is less expensive and it's easy to hand load for.



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Posted: December 18 2016 at 9:51am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Well in that case, I'll just shoot my Rossi R92 with .38Spl & .357mags in it and save my money. I just replaced the rear sight with a vintage Win M70 sight that improves the sight picture dramatically. Did that yesterday and it's great. So o.k. , forget the .243 Win. then.

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Posted: December 18 2016 at 7:31pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Well that infatuation didn't last long...

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Posted: December 18 2016 at 10:43pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Nope.
Guess I got ahead of myself. Mike's right. I don't need one. In fact I'll likely sell my '06 and just have the model 92 and be done with it.
Don't really need more than one rifle anyway right?

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Hmm. I think I'd keep the ol' '06 around, just in case...

Might need to shoot an elk or a bear or something.

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Posted: December 19 2016 at 6:19am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

There's something unnatural about a man not owning a .30-06.

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Selling an 06 and saying a man doesn't need more than one rifle, could lead to
the forfeiture of you man club membership.

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Yes, the 30'06's are a workhorse and I have two, one is
a semi auto the other is bolt action. Each has been
great shooters, but I want to find a longer range to
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Well there's an old saying "Beware the man with one rifle. Chances are he knows how to use it."

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If you have a 30-06 and know anything about reloading, you already have a
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