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300 Savage - Reduced Recoil Load

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:02 am
by whiterook
I own a Model 81 in 300 Savage. As I have aged I seem to enjoy dealing with the recoil produced by this rifle less and less.

So I am looking for some (at least one, anyway) reloading suggestions (powder / bullet combinations) to produce a round that generates significantly less recoil, yet will still function the action.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Re: 300 Savage - Reduced Recoil Load

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:24 pm
by Phyrbird
A. Suggest a Limbsaver slip on pad, they really help. Even with a 7mmMag. :!:
B. Suggest a 140g Monoflex (Hornady) with a slower burning powder to a midrange load; it'll have slightly less recoil, at a longer duration and may change the dynamic. :ugeek:

C. Change the spring in the barrel sleeve to a set for the 30 Rem and down load to it's velocities. :idea: This is a rather drastic step. :twisted: It could be cheaper and more original to just get a 30 Rem rifle.
D. Swap to a 35Rem, I personally prefer this round myself. :geek: It could be just personal though as I also shoot TC Contenders, 760s, & Model 141s. The 35Rem always has been a favorite. ;)

Re: 300 Savage - Reduced Recoil Load

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:54 am
by whiterook
Thank you very much for the suggestions; greatly appreciated !

I will probably start with the 140 grain monoflex idea first.

I have fired a Model 8 in 32 Remington and a Model 81 in 35 Remington. The recoil in both of these rifles seemed noticeably less sharp than in my 300 Savage.

Re: 300 Savage - Reduced Recoil Load

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:56 pm
by BZimm
I'll agree on the recoil issue with 300 Savage. I ended up with my Rem 81 in a trade and it's the only rifle I have in that caliber. It is harsh but I am setting up to reload that cartridge and time will tell on a softer load. I don't think this rifle will see all that much use, but I did see my son admiring it yesterday.


Re: 300 Savage - Reduced Recoil Load

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:50 pm
by Bandersnatch
I note that an lot of these guns have after market recoil pads fitted, albeit some more skillfully than others. Mine has one such pad and even with that the recoil is pretty darn "savage". .35 is still stout but not nearly as bad. A reduced load would make this caliber more user friendly.

Re: 300 Savage - Reduced Recoil Load

Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:35 am
by whiterook
BZimm and Bandersnatch (awesome username!), thank you for your input.

Good to hear of some first hand experience with the recoil pad on this particular rifle / chambering combination.

I have also discovered that freshly ejected cases from my 300 Savage Model 81 are unbelievably hot!

As I prepared to order some bullets, I learned that 140 grain Monoflex bullets seem to be fairly expensive for my intended purpose. So I think I will try some less expensive 150 grain cup and core bullets with H4895 powder.

300 Savage Reduced Recoil Load

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:07 pm
by ShermanTeP
Does anyone have a spare Savage Axis small shank barrel recoil lug? Helping a relative rebuild a Savage Axis in 30-06 but he either lost the recoil lug or it was missing from the start.