Hornady Ammunition and Reloading
In an earlier post I sampled the groups' thoughts on the various bullet choices for big bore expansion bullets and solids. I am already firmly committed to Nosler Partitions for PG and the cats.
The best brass I could find (as everyone knows, ammunition is in very short supply and reloading components are even more difficult to get) was Hornady brass and I have been very happy with the 2 lots of brass I got. I bought 100 rounds of Hornady brass for my 458 Lott and since it comes in boxes of 50, I had to check the cartridge weight of each. Very good consistency - I was actually impressed.
So I bought some of the Hornady Dangerous Game Expansion and Dangerous Game Solids for reloading. They are killing the paper flawlessly. I have heard rumors (unconfirmed) that there were some issues with the bond separation in the first generation of bullets but I also heard that Hornady resolved that issue.
Obviously it is a major brand world-wide and I was wondering if anybody here has used it them yet and to what success, or failure.
The only problem I have had, which has to do with my CZ 550 and not the bullets, is that the rifle feeds very hard from the left side with the flat nose bullets. Seems like that is a systemic problem and a quick trip to my gunsmith will fix that.
I would appreciate any feedback on the Hornady ammo anyone can give. The reason I like it is: 1) I am not a Barnes fan (no criticism meant to those who are - it is just that I am not a fan), 2) even in this tough ammo market Hornady seems to be able to keep its bullet lines consistently available (probably because of the size of the company itself) and 3) the price is considerably less than what seems like substantially similar ammo.
Obviously some bullets are better than others. I do not doubt that a Woodleigh might be better than a Hornady (I do not know that - I only state it as a reasonable possibility) but there is always a point in the law of diminishing returns where the extra cost does not equate to improved quality.
It seems to me that bullets are now failing into that category. Modern manufacturing and matching technologies have all improved over the years and the real question is, is the 2 or 3x price of the more premium, of the premium, bullets justified?
Again, I would appreciate hearing the results, if anyone has them, of DGX and DGS on, well, dangerous game. I have them in the 500 grain size.