303-25 and .308 Winchester comments

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303-25 and .308 Winchester comments

Post by barbender » 31 May 2020, 10:26 pm

Hi All, just an intro as it is my first post, I have been shooting and reloading since I was 13 years old, if the maths works out that was 1969, and yes I still remember when Myer and K Mart used to sell guns!! I don't think I am too bad a shot as I have a 1980 Winchester .222 medium weight sporter XTR 70,(bought new from Bob Schwartz (Peter Schwartz - Gunsmith's father) both great blokes) fitted with a fixed power Weaver K10, a Harris Bi-Pod, and with individually to the 10th grain weighed hand loads I can confidently head shoot rabbits out to 250 meters. If I miss it's me not the gun!! we all have our failings sometime.

Now the intro is over just a request for 2 caliber comments.

1. 303-25 I love this caliber, I have 2 rifles chambered a re-barrelled SMLE and a re barrelled P14. The P14 is a 100 yard tack holer,clover leafing on the target,the SMLE not to far behind 10 to 15 mm. The 6.5 cal is starting to interest me should I upgrade ?? if so what (don't want Creedmore).

2. I recently purchased an old Savage Model 99A in .308 Winchester, the barrel in great condition, I have a Weaver 2.5 to 7 wide view scope to go on, thoughts of this combination as a deer rifle??.

Regards to all, let's protect our sport
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Post by Oldboganhunter » 29 Jun 2020, 9:24 pm

barbender wrote:Hi All, just an intro as it is my first post, I have been shooting and reloading since I was 13 years old, if the maths works out that was 1969, and yes I still remember when Myer and K Mart used to sell guns!! I don't think I am too bad a shot as I have a 1980 Winchester .222 medium weight sporter XTR 70,(bought new from Bob Schwartz (Peter Schwartz - Gunsmith's father) both great blokes) fitted with a fixed power Weaver K10, a Harris Bi-Pod, and with individually to the 10th grain weighed hand loads I can confidently head shoot rabbits out to 250 meters. If I miss it's me not the gun!! we all have our failings sometime.

Now the intro is over just a request for 2 caliber comments.

1. 303-25 I love this caliber, I have 2 rifles chambered a re-barrelled SMLE and a re barrelled P14. The P14 is a 100 yard tack holer,clover leafing on the target,the SMLE not to far behind 10 to 15 mm. The 6.5 cal is starting to interest me should I upgrade ?? if so what (don't want Creedmore).

2. I recently purchased an old Savage Model 99A in .308 Winchester, the barrel in great condition, I have a Weaver 2.5 to 7 wide view scope to go on, thoughts of this combination as a deer rifle??.

Regards to all, let's protect our sport



Hi Mate,

I'm new to this format also.

Liked your Kmart story, I still have some 22lr kicking around. Ha ha

1. Love old school 303-25...... have you tried 6.55 x 55 swed ? been using it for 30 yrs, accurate & plenty off horse power. :D

2. .308 win is a good cal., found you need to keep an eye on bullet weight.

Have seen 180gr drill straight thru a pig (no bone) without slowing down ----without wound channel.

Light bullet 150gr with soft point for thin skinned game etc.

Weaver 2.5 to 7 wide view scope great scope. My mate had one years ago and was excellent hunting in thick bush.

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Post by marksman » 29 Jun 2020, 10:07 pm

G'day barbender
l remember when kmart and myer sold firearms and ammo
l have in the past had work done by Peter Schwartz who is the winchester gunsmith now or was last time l heard

l'm a fan of the 30-25 which was my mentor (uncles) favorite deer rifle out to 200 for head shots
l do not think you would go wrong with a 6.5 in whatever case you chose, l have a swede and a 6.5x284 and TBH if l could only have one it would be the 6.5x284, in the right rifle this is why https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taRMw9NN8CU
as for your savage setup l cannot see anything wrong with it as a combo with the weaver for a stalker :drinks:
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Post by SCJ429 » 30 Jun 2020, 8:05 pm

Are you wanting to rebarrel your 25/303 to 6.5 MM case or you would buy a rifle in this caliber? Weatherby make a handy 6.5/300 WM or the 6.5 Grendel is a very nice case to cover both ends of the performance spectrum.

You should have no problem using a 308 on deer, it is legal and effective.
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Post by Oldbloke » 30 Jun 2020, 11:29 pm

Yeh, should do the trick.
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Post by TassieTiger » 03 Jul 2020, 10:40 am

They certainly don’t get up after that 284...even at distances I’d only dream of shooting.
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Post by marksman » 03 Jul 2020, 7:43 pm

TassieTiger wrote:They certainly don’t get up after that 284...even at distances I’d only dream of shooting.


they certainly dont Tassie and l'm talking from first hand experience ;)

set yourself up a .5" moa gong at a distance you regard as a good long shot, so at 500 a 2.5"-3" gong and shoot it often,
you wont be dreaming about it for long
l shoot an 8" gong at 800, awesome fun especially for people who have never done it :thumbsup:
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Post by Bark » 04 Jul 2020, 9:02 am

barbender wrote:2. I recently purchased an old Savage Model 99A in .308 Winchester, the barrel in great condition, I have a Weaver 2.5 to 7 wide view scope to go on, thoughts of this combination as a deer rifle??


Put one on the right spot in the deer and I'm sure it'll be just fine :lol:
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