The .303 Savage

By Chuck Hawks

The .303 Savage was introduced in the Savage 1895 rifle, predecessor of the famous Model 1899. Ballistically, it was about the same as the .30-30 Winchester, which was also introduced in 1895. The .303 Savage became a commercial success and remained reasonably popular into the 1930's. As far as I know, the .303 Savage is now obsolete, as neither rifles nor ammunition are commercially available.

Standard American factory loads for the .303 Savage drove a round nose 190 grain, .311" diameter bullet at a muzzle velocity (MV) of 1980 fps and muzzle energy of 1650 ft. lbs. The 200 yard figures were 1440 fps and 875 ft. lbs. The midrange trajectory (maximum rise) of this load was 1.3" over 100 yards, 6.2" over 200 yards and 15.5" over 300 yards.

Reloads can equal, but not significantly surpass, the factory offerings if they are kept within the SAAMI limit. The reloader has many more bullets to choose from, however, from approximately 100 grains to 200 grains.

The 26th edition of the Hodgdon Data Manual shows that with a 150 grain bullet 36.0 grains of H335 powder will give a MV of 2303 fps, and 39.0 grains of H335 will give a MV of 2545 fps. Behind a 180 grain bullet 34.0 grains of H4895 will give a MV of 2081 fps, and 37.0 grains of H4895 will give a MV of 2130 fps.

Note: The complete article about the .303 Savage can be found in its entirety on the Rifle Cartridge Page.

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