I received a Remington 722 in .300 Savage from a friend a couple of years ago. Her dad had re-stocked it, did a beautiful job and it fits me perfectly. When I picked up the rifle and looked through the scope I knew it had to be mine. No one in her family hunts and I thought it would be a suitable honor of her father to use it deer hunting. Since .300 Savage ammo is pretty expensive and I'm already set up to reload .30-06 I picked up a set of dies for it. My old reloading manual listed a charge of .40 grs of 4064 as max with a 150 gr bullet. I worked up to that, recoil was very mild, accuracy was about 1 1/2" at 100 yards. I made up about 50 rounds and have shot a few on occasion. I only take the rifle out on real nice days. Yesterday was a beautiful day for hunting, it's the tail end of our season and we can only shoot doe now. As it was almost getting dark I shot a small doe with it, range about 80 yards. At the sound of the shot she took off running and ran out of sight. I waited a few minutes and got down from the stand to look for blood. About 15 minutes later my hunting partner showed up. He found the first small spot of blood. Very little blood for about 50 yards, then a real good blood trail for about another 75 yards and we found her. Perfect heart shot. I've never had a deer run that far with that little blood and that good of shot placement. Looking at some load data online and a recent American Rifleman article on handloading the .300 Savage and I'm seeing max charges as high as 44 grains of 4064. I'm thinking the combination of a little slower velocity from a light load and the 150 gr bullet probably made more for .30-06 velocities inhibited expansion a bit. Just wondering if any of you out there handload the .300 Savage for deer hunting and what bullet/load combination works well for you.