Shaman, thanks for the info. I enjoy seeing your reponses and knowledge. I think I will low ball the shop and see what happens. I've got "New England" father in law who is one of the more informed gun persons I turn to and it seems both of you might have come from the same mold! Thanks
1. Welcome to the forum, spiff2. In five posts you've already found out how valuable the conversation can be here.
2. What Shaman said.
3. Low-ball the shop -- good move, especially if he seems too anxious to get rid of it.
4. See if he'll let you take it for a test drive or show it to a competent smithy.
5. Good luck. Under most circumstances (virtually all circumstances inside 150 yards) the .300 Savage will perform as needed.
On the question of its comparison to the .30-06, the '06 had a big advantage in that it was a military round. Even still, if hunters weren't so all-fired up about firepower, there would be more .300s in the woods and fewer .30-06s. When either one pokes a hole through both lungs or the heart of a deer, the deer dies pretty quickly.
Best to you.