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.250 Savage — Trailblazing Hunting Cartridge

Created in 1915, the .250 Savage was the first commercial hunting cartridge to achieve a muzzle velocity of 3,000 fps.

.250 Savage — Trailblazing Hunting Cartridge
This century-old trailblazer pushed the boundaries of hunting-cartridge velocity.

In 1915 Charles Newton of Newton Rifle Co. fame created a rifle cartridge for Savage Arms to showcase in the excellent Savage 99 lever rifle. The cartridge pushed velocity boundaries and opened doors for future rounds. We know it today as the .250 Savage.

Newton based this cartridge on a shortened .30-06 Springfield case. A 26-degree shoulder gives the case a decidedly modern appearance. Shortening allowed proper function in the Model 99 action while surpassing the existing .25-caliber performance leader (the .25-35 Winchester). Winchester’s 1899 catalog shows the .25-35 driving a 117-grain RN bullet at 2,000 fps; the current standard is 2,200 fps.

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