Wants To Use .22 Savage High-Power
Q: My grandfather recently gave me an old Savage Model 99 lever action chambered for the .22 Savage High-Power dating back to the early 1920s. It looks like a good goat and pig gun and seeing it has bright rifling that's what I'd like to use it for, but I'm having a hard time obtaining ammo or bullets and brass. Could you suggest a source for components.
A: Alas, the cartridge has long been obsolete and is no longer offered by American ammomakers. As late as 2016 Norma was still making factory loads under the European designation of 5.6x52R and Winchester Australia listed Norma unprimed brass. Outdoor Sporting Agencies lists RWS loaded ammo and cases. Maybe your local gun shop could place an order for you. Otherwise, you can make brass by necking down .25-35 Winchester cases. The .22 Savage uses .227 or .228-inch projectiles rather than the standard .224-inch bullets. Hornady and Barnes used to offer bullets but due to lack of demand they dropped them. Your only hope may be RWS as the importer Outdoor Sporting Agencies lists a 71gn TMS Pointed soft point as well as ammo.