250 Savage / History:
Centerfire Rifle Cartridges
Written by: Kim Lockhart, Copyright.
The 250 Savage was introduced by Savage in 1914 as the 250-3000 Savage as it was capable of achieving 3,000 feet per second velocity with a 87 grain 25 caliber bullet, years later the 3,000 was dropped to become the 250 Savage. The original designer of the 250 Savage was Charles Newton who had sold his cartridge rights to Savage. Mr. Newton had designed the 250 Savage to be loaded with a 100 grain bullet with a velocity of 2,800 feet per second, at which he claimed that the best accuracy and killing power of the cartridge would be realized.
The 250 Savage is a dual purpose cartridge it can be used for varmints sending a 75 grain bullet out the muzzle at 3,200 fps., making this a good varmint round or it can be used as a big game cartridge sending 100 grain bullets out the muzzle at speeds of 2,800 fps., it has sufficient power out to the 250 yard mark for deer sized game animals. The 250 Savage has been chambered over the years in several different rifle action types with different rifling twist rates in the barrels and they range from the original Savage model 99 lever action 1 in 14" twist to Savage model 110 1 in 10" twist.
The 250 Savage with the accuracy, power and effectiveness it offers down range recoils very little to the shooters shoulder and is highly recommended for youth and recoil conscious shooters, if ever the case was to be made for a highly accurate and effective light weight youth rifle cartridge the 250 Savage would be the best choice of all currently manufactured rifle cartridges.
250 Savage Barrel Specifications.
Common Barrel Twist Rate - 1/14 - 1/12 - 1/10
Bore Groove Diameter - .257"
250 Savage Reloading Specifications.
Bullet Diameter - .257"
Maximum Case Length - 1.912"
Trimmed Case Length - 1.902"
Primer Size - Large Rifle
250 Savage Loading Data Hints.
The 250 Savage responds well to faster burning powders such as i.m.r. 3031, 4064 and 4320. When reloading for the 250 Savage cartridge it is a real good idea to check the rifling twist rate as this will have a big effect on accuracy. 1 in 14" twist will give excellent accuracy with the lighter bullets available and the 1 in 10" twist does its best with the heavier bullets available.
250 Savage Reloading Data.
Hodgdon Reloading Data Center.
250 Savage Trajectory and Hunting Applications.
| This is a down range trajectory chart for the 250 Savage cartridge with the scope mounted 1.5 inches above the bore center line plus if you were using this load, its effective hunting bullet energy range with well placed shots on,|
Varmint / Predator size game, such as Bobcat, Cougar, Coyote.
Deer size game, such as Antelope, Blacktail, Hogs, Javelina, Mule, Whitetail.
Elk size game, such as Caribou, Black Bear, Sheep.
Moose size game, such as Brown Bear.
Bullet diameter .257"
Bullet weight 100 grains
Bullet ballistic coeffecient .357
Bullet velocity 2,900 feet per second
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