Rifle / Bullet recommendations for plains game?
I'm planning a plains game hunt sometime in 2011, location yet to be determined. I've been debating about getting a new rifle specifically for the experience, but after working in a few new rifles lately I'm really considering taking my tried & trusted .300 Weatherby Mark V that I've had for 20 years. It shoots like a dream and what's more, I instinctivelly trust it. I haven't touched the scope in well over a decade and it'll put bullets into a pop bottle at 250 yards every time (at least when I'm shoting well, never the rifle's fault). Other newer guns that I've acquired are OK too, but I'm never quite as confident in them and they don't feel as natural.
I've been using 180g Nosler partitions with 81 grs of H-4831 with great success. I'm looking at the ballistic-tip Barnes-X though (tipped TSX).
For plains game, dik dik through kudu (maybe eland) I suppose that's plenty good enough. Any reason to choose the TTSX over the Nosler?
I know people have all sorts of issues with Weatherby's in general but I've fallen in love with them hunting mulies and antelope out west. Any reason not to use that particular gun? It's obviously small for anything dangerous except maybe leopard.