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.250 Savage. Introduced in 1915 as the .250/3000 Savage, this was the first commercial cartridge to achieve 3000 fps. It did so with an 87-grain bullet, but the better .250 projectiles for deer weigh 120 grains. Despite its low velocity compared to the .243 or 6mm, it is more reliable because of its heavier bullets. The .250 has almost no recoil, and is the number-one choice for a young shooter or someone who is highly recoil sensitive.