GS Custom Bullets

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  1. Gerard

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    Just a heads up on the websites for GSC: We are migrating the websites from Webafrica to a company in the USA and, given the complexity and depth of the South African site, this may take a week or so. GSC is now manufactured in the USA as well and any tech questions can be directed via either of the websites or by phone.
     
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    tarbe BRONZE SUPPORTER AH Enthusiast

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    I have never used GS bullets, but I sure have read lots of great things about them!

    Welcome to the USA!
     
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    Thanks Tarbe, I am sure that we can add value to the shooting activities of guys in the USA. We started exporting from South Africa to the USA in 2000 but, given that the bulk of our production in SA was exported to the USA and the cost and paperwork was becoming a nightmare, it made a lot of sense to move there. Gina (my daughter) set up the factory there and she is running it very smoothly. She ran our South African factory from 2000 to 2011. We decided to be as American Made as possible and we use machines, tooling, materials and as much as we can, that is sourced and made in the USA.
     
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    tarbe,

    GS Customs are up there with the best in the world. Most probably now the Americans will see that we (Africans) don't only have the best hunting in the world but also excellent bullet manufactures...lol :ROFLMAO:. Myself is using them for the last 5 years in a .458WM with a 450gr Solid.
     
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    Gerald, I know that GS bullets is a top notch, do you selling them in US or only in RSA this days ? I had a client that was refused to buy ammo last time from the local hunting store up in Limpopo, they boy in the store stated that only South Africans with a fire arm permit that match the caliber can buy this days ??? Before it was only to show the PH id and I can buy what ever you want... maybe it was a local thing but it can be interesting to know if its some new law.

    Regards, Gordon
     
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    Hi Gordon,
    GSC sells in the USA as well. Any bullet we make is also available and made in the USA.

    The RSA gun laws, as elsewhere in the world, was concocted by people who crave control. They have no idea about firearms related matters and disregard the fact that the law abiding gun owner is actually on their side.

    It has always been the case that, to buy anything that is classed as ammunition in RSA, required a firearm license for the cartridge in question. Ammunition is classed in RSA as cartridges, primed cases and primers. Bullets and unprimed cases are not classed as ammunition. If any visitor enters the country with a rifle, a temporary license for that rifle is issued by customs. That temporary license can be used by a visitor as any license issued to an RSA citizen would be used. If a gun shop gives you any trouble about that, the easiest is to ask for the owner, as s/he should know the law.
     
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    Hi Gerard

    I just saw your post any would like to ask you a quick question. I like your bullets and have been reloading them for a few years now. I shoot your 200 gr HV point out of my .375 Ruger for plains game. Would you recommend your 265 gr HV point for buffalo? Do you think it's necessary to get solids as back up as well for charge situations? Thanks for your help.

    Victor
     
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    Victor,
    I have used the 200gr HV's in my .375H&H with great success on Buffalo. Out of the last 4 Cape Buffalo, 6 shots were taken, with 5 of them pass throughs.
    I believe the 265's will be devastating to anything in its path out of your Ruger.

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    Hello Victor,
    As Marius has said, the 265gr HV bullet is indeed strong medicine. I would reserve the use of solid bullets (FN) for elephant and other applications where a solid bullet is indicated, such as on the small five. With an FN bullet, cape damage on the exit side is limited but the insides of the animal is messed up badly. One must check trajectory with an FN bullet very carefully. Due to the much different BC, longer shots will not go over the same bullet path as the HV bullet.

    Marius is using the 200gr HV bullet in his .375" and many PHs and experienced hunters have commented on the fact that they no longer see the need of a 300 Win Mag. The 200gr HV shoots over the same path as a 300WM with the average 180gr bullet and, when it arrives, it does so with much more authority than a 300.

    Use the 265HV bullet where there is a possibility of walking into an elephant, by all means. For close work on big animals and for longer shots on plains game, the 200gr HV bullet works very well.
     
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    Hi Marius and Gerard

    Thanks for your good advice guys. Gerard, do you think I could use the 200gr and 265gr in combination with each other for different animals without adjusting the scope. There will obviously be a ballistic difference but was wondering how much difference it would make if we were always hunting/shooting in the 40-180 metre range. Thanks
     
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    Victor, that is a very difficult question and the short answer is to load both and see where they go. The long answer is that both bullets shoot over very similar trajectories but that is when both are zeroed at 200m. It would therefore depend on the weight of the rifle, the residual pressure at the muzzle (when the bullet unplugs) and a number of smaller factors, where each different weight would print. I doubt that there will be much difference but two inches to one man is nothing and to another it is a huge discrepancy and worth fretting over.
     
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    ive been wanting to try your bullets for some time but i admit the price has been some what intimidating. will settin up shop here in the USA bring the price down any for those who live here?

    thank you
    -Matt
     

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