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It was too nice out yesterday to stay covided inside, so I took the 1914 model 1899H .303 Sav to the back field to test a plinking load of cast bullets with Unique. Bullets were cast with Lee C-309-170-F mold with gas checks. Only 25 yds just to test ... trigger time none-the-less. I did not chrono, but should be around 1200-1300fps. 001 161647 - Left Full cropped.jpg
IMG_1784.JPG 8gr Unique, 25yd, 1914 1899H, Lee C309-170-F.JPG
 

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Very nice. That inspires others of us who have the classic Savage 303. Mine is a 1940. I'll have to dig out my Lee mold and get ready to shoot.

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Tough to get brass right there!
 

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I need to get my '79 99C 358 Win (rebore) out again to the range now that I am not in a self-quaratine status (for now). Been too long since its been out.
 

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Great to hear that you took it out and shot it, also great to hear that brass is available. My Son has one of these, how do I age it,and what bullet are you using?

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Great to hear that you took it out and shot it, also great to hear that brass is available. My Son has one of these, how do I age it,and what bullet are you using?

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I used the Lee C-309-170-F mold. Post the serial number or PM me with it and I'll look up the year made.
 

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Keith--what diameter did you size your cast at? I have some .309 inch GC hard cast that a buddy made for me using that same Lee mold. They work really well in a 1965 Cotter and Co WestPoint Mod 33 30-30 (Marlin store brand rifle with Ballard rifling). I can't get them to shoot in my '27 99H 30-30 worth beans.
 

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Nice job. Got rid off all my 99s except for the .303, my favorite. Accurate Molds: Custom Bullet Molds Is a .303 190 gr design still in production, actually the fellow has more than a few .303 Savage molds in production. Suppose since this on the mind again, will order one.
 

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Keith--what diameter did you size your cast at? I have some .309 inch GC hard cast that a buddy made for me using that same Lee mold. They work really well in a 1965 Cotter and Co WestPoint 30-30 (Marlin store brand rifle with Ballard rifling) but I can't get them to shoot in my '27 99H 30-30.
They drop at .309; I did run them through a .309 sizer, too.

I've also tried this bullet in:
1913 1899H 30-30 with H4198 at 1550fps - 1.5" at 50yds
1920 1899H 303 with IMR3031 at 1760fps - touching at 50. Took a buck at 90yds with this one.
1901 1899B 30-30 with H4198 at 1800fps - 2.5" at 50yds.

These are all open sights. If I could see the bull better at 100, I'd have some data, lol.

These were gas checked; I tried a few early on w/o the gas check ... not good at all.
 

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232xx, it is .303 savage, long octagonal barrel, 's' shaped pistol grip.

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Strugl4xsc, very neat rifle! It is an old Model 1899B made in 1901. The 1899B was normally sold with a straight stock and crescent butt plate; pistol grip and shotgun butt were available options. Inspect the receiver closely where the rear of the bolt locks up; the bolt on 1899s below SN 90.000 have a square back. Some of the receivers developed cracks at the right angle corners where the bolt locks up.

I have also have a Model 1899B made in 1901. Mine is a 30-30; it has the optional pistol grip and shotgun butt. SN 21.6xx
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It was too nice out yesterday to stay covided inside, so I took the 1914 model 1899H .303 Sav to the back field to test a plinking load of cast bullets with Unique. Bullets were cast with Lee C-309-170-F mold with gas checks. Only 25 yds just to test ... trigger time none-the-less. I did not chrono, but should be around 1200-1300fps. View attachment 798507
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Just a follow-up for anyone interested. I put a dozen of these over the chrono today. Averaged 1222 fps. 1.5" group at 50yds (after throwing out 2 that I pulled).
 

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It was too nice out yesterday to stay covided inside, so I took the 1914 model 1899H .303 Sav to the back field to test a plinking load of cast bullets with Unique. Bullets were cast with Lee C-309-170-F mold with gas checks. Only 25 yds just to test ... trigger time none-the-less. I did not chrono, but should be around 1200-1300fps. View attachment 798507
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Great to see a good start to a new mission and a great cartridge for cast bullets.

I am not sure if you have tried Herco. I have found Herco to be a great reduced load powder for cast bullets, 30 wcf to 45-70. Herco is a little slower than Unique and I have found it to be more accurate than Unique with cast bullets in a rifle. You can start with your Unique load and work up from there. Around 10% more charge than Unique is a good proxy. Herco should get you in the 1,550-1,650 fps range and you should see group start to touch more holes, at 50.

With cast, for seating depth. you should see the lands start to engage the bullet. A taper crimp is all you need with the reduced recall as well. Also, try a standard Large Pistol primer like Win LP. Cast seems to perform better when the powder ignition makes the first move vs. the primer. Pressures are not a problem with the plinking load pressures you are looking for.

Nice to see the old girl getting some exercise.
 
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Sorry, Duplicate :( slow connection.
 

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I have a 1899 takedown 26" barrel made in 1918 with a Marble's tang peep sight. I load the Hornady 160gr bullets, even though there's the rotary mag.
Lately I've worked up a 150 yard varmint load with 55gr Sierra GameKing polymer tip boat tail in a 22/30 cal sabot.
38.5gr of H335 gives me 4113 FPS.
Yowsa!
 
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I just got a 1920 Savage 99 in .303. Won it at a local auction, paid $500 for it. It has a 26" barrel, tang sight, straight grip, great rifling, etc. A friend of mine had two unused boxes of Remington .303 Savage brass, and i have lots of .308 bullets and dies. I'm sure looking forward to deer season!
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