Anyone hunted with Sellier & Bellot 7x57 Mauser 173 gr SPCE (Soft Point Cutting Edge)?

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  1. vette447

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    I am trying to work on a good factory load to take on a S. Africa hunt in October for Sable, Gemsbok, Hyena, and possibly a few other smaller animals. Most of the ammo loaded in the US uses 140 grain bullets but I ready so much about how this caliber shines with heavier bullets.

    Does anyone have any experience hunting with this S&B load? Is the SPCE bullet a good, well constructed hunting bullet?

    Thanks!
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    when you wish something to know about hunting in Germany try www.landlive.de-than the bottom Jagd-its not so bad.My nickname there is Katzenfutter(no word for the english tongue)
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    7x57 is and was very very popular in Germany and I think a perfect caliber in the class round to 100 KG.
    The S+B Ammunition is also widely spread,but S+B is on the lower limit of qualitiy.
    S+B is cheap and that is the reason for their popularity in G.
    No problem on short distances (-100yd),the effect is often very good,but,when you are a reloader ,the ammos would't satisfy you.
    Oryx is a wounderful animal,but also a hard devil.
    On 30o m I would not shoot him with a 7x57 and a typical soft S+B bullet.
    In Germany we say " sliver-grenades" to S+B bullets.
    Consider,mostly no dogs for bloodtracks,no shootout.
    Wounded and not found is full price........
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    vette447,

    Full disclosure: I am one of the sales managers at Magtech USA. CBC/Magtech owns S&B. 7x57 is one of my favorite calibers. (Ruger No 1 Boddington). While everyone has their favorite brand, caliber, bullet, etc, I take issue with the above comments regarding our quality. Of course, not every brand of ammunition is a good match for every rifle, but S&B manufactures ammunition to the highest performance standards for very demanding customers such as NATO countries, various Military customers worldwide, Law Enforcement agencies worldwide (many of which are in No Europe, Germany and Austria) and numerous firearms manufacturers. If your ammunition doesn't perform, you don't receive an invitation to bid on these contracts. These customers do not choose their ammo based on cost alone. Not far from Prague, we operate one of the most modern ammunition factories in the world. We've been in business since 1825 at the same location. I can assure you that high cost does not necessarily equate to better ammunition.

    The SPCE bullet, while accurate, is not constructed with tough, heavy duty game animals in mind. I use it when hunting animals in the whitetail deer class at closer range. For tough animals, I would suggest you try either our 175gr Nosler Partition load or the 158gr Exergy bullet load. The Exergy projectile is our proprietary expanding copper bullet. The Partition has a higher BC and a great history of performance, but the Exergy will retain more of its weight. Both are excellent. Shoot whichever is more accurate in your rifle.

    Take care,
    Tango
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    Tango, thanks for the info. I would prefer a 175gr Nosler Partition for this type of hunting but I have not seen a factory load for sale online in 7x57 Mauser. Is it an S&B load? I do not see either of those loads listed on your website. Do you know where some can be purchased in the US? Thanks again!
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    vette447,

    The Nosler load is best out of my Ruger. Good stuff. I just started bringing those loads into the US, so the website may be a little behind. Check them out on our int'l S&B site.

    http://www.sellier-bellot.cz/

    I don't know who has them in stock now, but I'll get on it Monday for you. We have them in the warehouse, so I'm sure delivery to one of our dealers in your area can be coordinated for you.

    PM sent with my work contact info.

    Thank you,
    Tango
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    Thanks. That would be great if you could help me find some of the partitions. I may try your Exergy bullet too.
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    I don't know if you are able to buy the Norma Oryx ammo for your 7x57 Mauser where you live.
    It has a 156 gr bonded Oryx bullet.
    It most likely cost rather much more than the S&B ammo, but well worth if when going on a hunt in Africa in my opinion.
    The Norma Oryx would be my choice if I was to hunt in Africa with a 7x57 Mauser and use factory ammo.

    I have used the 173 gr SPCE in a 7x57R and it works fine for small deer(Roe deer), but not something I would use on anything bigger than Whitetails.
    The 156 gr 7x57R Norma Oryx is much better for Red stag and Moose.

    Personally I am not a big fan of the Nosler Partition, but I know some people love them :)
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    vette447,
    No problem at all. Left my work email on your profile page. Please send your contact info and I'll get some options for you Monday.
    Thanks,
    Tango

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