Importing handloaded ammunition

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  1. SHOEDOG

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    Hello all,
    Is it possible to bring handloaded ammo into South Africa?
    I heard somewhere that only factory ammo was allowed.
    If that is the case anyone have a few .375 HH factory boxes;)
    THANKS!
    Shoedog
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    From my understanding you can bring it in as long as it is individually packaged (meaning an ammo box). I think some guys use factory boxes for their handloads, but others will need to chime in.
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    You can bring hand loaded ammo in plastic boxes....they just have to be in some kind of container so individual primers are not touching.
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    in 2010 we had no trouble taking reloaded 30.06 rounds into or out of south Africa.
    when leaving and returning to australia, and Africa . they didn't even open up the the locked ammo box , they were happy to aknowledge it was a locked ammo box and left it at that .
    we told them there was hunting knives and the bolt in there and that was that .
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    The other thing to remember is that the head stamp on the brass must match the rifle. For instance I have a 6.5-06. For brass I take 25-06 and run it through the sizing die. The head stamp doesn't "match" the rifle so it's possible that I would not be allowed to bring it into RSA if they decide to check. Bruce
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    Factory ammo is not required. You can take your reloads just make sure you have them in some sort of ammo box.
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    This is my container that carried 130 rounds of ammunition.
    Two different calibers
    All reloads.
    No original cartons.
    Lockable container with my own keys.

    This picture is upon departure after last years Safari.

    No issues on any airline or any country I entered: Germany, Namibia, Botswana or RSA.


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    Brickburn,
    That is quite the ammo box.What brand is it?
    Thanks,
    Shoedog
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    The guts from TWO MTM cases. Appropriate to cartridge size.

    Cut with a Soldering Iron
    80 and 60 cartridges.
    300 Win Mag and .270 Win respectively.

    Handled Deluxe Rifle Ammo boxes by MTM Case-Gard? - 100 Plastic handled ammunition reloading boxes and cartridge cases


    A Pelican 1200 case.
    Water proof, lockable with my own locks.

    Pelican Products 1200 Case


    How I figured out the configuration.


    Ammunition Weights for Airline
    Pelican 1200 Empty -- 1210 Grams
    130 grain PSP Corelokt Box 20 --- 544 --- 3808 Grams
    Plastic Box for reloads --- 98 Grams
    Remington Cardboard and Plastic Holder --- 46 Grams
    20- 130grain psp Coreloks Bullets --- 496 Grams
    1 Cartridge --- 24.8 Grams

    7 Boxes fit in the Pelican --- Total 140 Rounds --- 5018Grams


    Over All Weight --- 5.02 KG


    Grains per Gram --- 15.4323584 Grams
    Increase for 180 Grains --- 55 Grams
    Grams per Cartridge ---3.563940039 Grams

    Cartrdiges 60 --- 213.8364023 --- 214Grams
    Ammunition Weight --- 60 180 Grain 80 130 Grain --- 4022 Grams
    KG 4.02

    Over All Weight --- 5232
    KG 5.23

    Can remove 10 cartidges and be at the exact weight
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    did youre quiver and arrow case look that, destitute ? :biggrin2:
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    It survived much better. I did leave six arrows in the rocks and weeds. :)
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    An empty ammo belt and a full game bag, sounds like a dream come true to me.:p
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    SA Police never looked at the contents of my ammo box.
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    Brickburn do check in that ammobox separate when you check in the rifle case, or do you pack the ammobox inside you checked main luggage ? I don't know if there is some new roles and also from one air carrier to another ????????? It was a client from UK that asking a couple of days ago and frankly I do not know.....
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    Gordon, The case in the picture above is locked and can be inside my baggage or as a separate case.
    The airlines coming from the UK probably want the ammo in a locked case and inside his baggage.

    On my way to Africa, it is always inside my baggage.

    SAA wants the locked ammo container separate from baggage. (No bloody idea why. I just comply)
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    Thank you Brickburn, I do not like that "new" things special when its then 3 par of checked in luggage + hand luggage (Rifle case + Ammo box + Main luggage + hand luggage, the risk that one of this is getting lost or even delayed is getting bigger as more luggage there is.. and its enough that ONE of them is lost or delayed to damage a expensive and well prepared hunting trip.

    Best wishes, Gordon
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    It's that secondary flight using SAA as you depart RSA that it becomes an issue. With International flights heading toward Africa there should be no issue. Hope your hunter has a good hunt.

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