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    Reduced/Practice Loads for DGRs

    I use several loads and techniques for large capacity cases that use reduced loads of either 4759 or 5744 under cast bullets. Trailboss is a different "animal" though. It is extremely low density but has a very fast burn rate and can approach Bullseye. Caution is the word. You can go to the...
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    For Sale Brno 602 375 On Gunbroker

    I don't see anything in the Gunbroker rifle that doesn't look at it should. Here's a pic from a page in the 1992 BRNO-CZ catalog. And pics of a BRNO front sight hood I took off a new factory BRNO rifle from about that time.
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    For Sale Brno 602 375 On Gunbroker

    Are you referring to the wing nut trying to sell in classifieds here on the Africa Hunting Forum or the BRNO 602 for sale on Gunbroker? The wing nut is toast The Gunbroker BRNO 602 375HH sold for 800... seems a very good price for an older, sought after model that appeared to be unused and...
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    .375 Holland & Holland

    As the dwarf Gimli’s father, Gloin, said, “Oin has read the portents and the portents say.... If going with 375 HH, stick with one 300 gr DG common denominator bullet. IMO- A Frame , TSX or TBBC.” :) Side note... not all bonded so called premium bullets are created equal. Do the homework on...
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    Laminated rifle stocks

    Personal opinion here only. They are OK but neither "fish nor foul". If you like odd colors easy to select. For pure aesthetics, IMO, they are more similar to synthetic than solid wood. They tend to be very rigid/stable as a rifle platform and resist changes to bedding better than solid wood...
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    PayPal limited/banned

    Not alone on this. In the last couple weeks I've had some strange interactions with money transfer services of which Pay Pal/ Xoom is just one. Apparently there is a connection network among many of them. I suspect there is a common thread connecting Pay Pal and MoneyGram and maybe others. They...
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    Best way to pay for a Safari?

    Usually bank to bank wire transfer to the outfitter as has been posted. I've also gone through a US based consultant/broker who uses a kind of trust account where I put money into that trust account and the broker settles with the outfitter. I try to have enough in that account to cover some...
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    458 Lott ate my QD Warne rings

    After studying the various problems associated with CZ/BRNO mount systems, it seems the issue may have something to do with the kinetic event or events during recoil. If the lug on the side of a scope base is the least bit loose in it's slot, the impulse of a heavy recoiling rifle will slam that...
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    Plains Game Magnum?

    Too much overlap (too similar) between the 375 and 416 to take both. I opted for the 416 because I have two of them and prefer, for whatever reason, the 416 over the 375.... especially if an unexpected opportunity is offered during the trip to hunt a big DG. So Yah IMO, a good TWO GUN option...
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    Plains Game Magnum?

    I've really tried to stay out of this :) but hey better than watching politics disquised as sports on the tube. The big problem to start with is the poll doesn't adequately cover some of the better choices. And the "other" category seems to force a choice lumping odd balls and exotics with...
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    How do you reload 1 caliber 3 different rifles, same recipe

    I don't understand the interference you are reporting in chambering after looking at your ammo OAL specs. Standard 30-06 max OAL is 3.34". Every modern factory rifle chamber should easily accept standard SAAMI length and sized cartridges with common spire point bullets. You are experiencing...
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    How do you reload 1 caliber 3 different rifles, same recipe

    ^^ Yes Use the Garand as the standard basis. Research suitable Garand loads and specs- there is plenty of info out there. May or may not be the most accurate in the other two- but that is what it is. I think you will be fine with 4064 powder and 165 bullets seated to correct depth. Full length...
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    Saturday’s stirring

    I don't even know what we should be discussing in this thread- I forgot :):) No matter, very enjoyable readings of ramblings. I grew up with limited firearms in the family -purely working type guns. My dad had a Winchester Model 54 carbine in 30-06. He never put a scope on it. His only other gun...
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    458 Lott ate my QD Warne rings

    I think size 8s are plenty strong. I've never even seen a size 6 fail under recoil. I see no issues with failure of screwed on bases posted in this thread or similar threads around the net, but plenty of issues about CZ integral base alignment and failure of certain QD mounts.
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    458 Lott ate my QD Warne rings

    Makes sense to me also. Shoot within your limits and spend the time to learn how to shoot the heavy recoilers if your are going to hunt with them. Over time, since about 1969-70, I've slowly learned to shoot the heavy recoiling rifles. I always pad up with a fairly thick, hard leather pad at the...
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    458 Lott ate my QD Warne rings

    Scope and mount issues are a pain. A few years ago I went the preventive medicine route for my heavy recoilers. Nothing has happened after doing this on several rifles and over a few hundred rounds of heavy recoil. :):) I do not use detachable mounts because if I have to take the scope off, it...
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    For Sale Winchester Mod 70 375 H&H

    Yes, I did catch that T/C prop. I don't know the circumstance and it could be just coincidental, but it almost looked to me like the seller in the OP of this thread, either came upon or purchased a "lot" of guns- estate, collection or as an investment to resell- and is trying to turn them for...
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    Rifle for Plains Game and Dangerous Game

    I've used two of your cartridges for that dual purpose- 375 HH and 416 Rem Mag. Both were outstanding in that role. Personally, I'd choose the 416 Rem simply because it has a little more poop for the DG. The bullets for both could include A Frames, TSXs and North Fork Cup Point copper solids...
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    Got the CZ blues

    This is a late New Haven Win M70 416 Rem Mag chambering an empty out of the magazine- IMO, a good test for a DG rifle. I have one late New Haven Win M70 in 375 HH, two late New Haven M70s in 416 Rem Mag and one MRC M'99 in 450 Watts. They all cycle empties out of the magazine like this and none...
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    7x57 Whitetail Round

    I have a lot of experience with 7x57 with 150 gr Nosler Partitions at about 2500 fps. Almost a perfect balance for velocity vs bullet performance on game from deer to elk.
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    Hunting boots

    Everyone has nailed this- the two overlooked aspects of footwear besides the comfort and/or support angle. Thorns and seeds. Thorns don't even need explaining but seeds do for 1st time travelers. Unbelievable how uncomfortable seeds are that penetrate socks and fabric parts of shoes or boots...
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    The pressure factor

    @Wyatt Smith, Yes, your numbers are pretty close to what I worked up with H4350 for the Win 70 375 HH shooting the 300 gr Hornady DGX Bonded and their old style 300 gr Interlock Roundnose.... My log book shows- * Hornady 300gr RN Interlock, CCI 34 primer, Lee FCD crimp in groove, 75 gr H4350...
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    450 Ackley Magnum Owner

    It looks to be a very good DG rifle- sans the stock. In addition to milling the extra "stuff" off the action, the smith added both a barrel mounted sling swivel and the extra recoil lug for mounting in a wood stock. If it were mine I'd cut the brake off at the end of the threads and rebate the...
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    A Buffalo, A Bullet & A Bushman Tracker

    Excellent story and thanks for sharing!
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    450 Ackley Magnum Owner

    Looks like the smith did a good job of milling and cleaning up that M1917 (American Enfield)- those make excellent large caliber bolt rifles if properly done. Good plan for loading starting with the Lott data.
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    450 Ackley Magnum Owner

    At 14 lbs with a brake it should be relatively easy for recoil. I’d be tempted to cut the brake off though- but that’s me. That is a very nice group BTW! The size and shape of the group clearly shows the rifle will shoot. The only caveat would be to approach Ackley load data cautiously. IMO -...
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    The pressure factor

    I pretty much approach velocity and pressure like most posts I see here. I set a conservative velocity objective for a bullet, search through all my load manuals then start working with the powder or powders that show lowest ratio of pressure to velocity. I begin a little low, use a chronograph...
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    Calculating bullets deceleration

    Why? ... we’re all going covidcrazy :)
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    Calculating bullets deceleration

    Yes, that sounds like the correct way to calculate it. However I don't think the calculators include the changing air density for a bullet flying straight up. The calculator probably only uses an average air density based on temperature and altitude in a more or less horizontal plane (actually a...
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    Western Colorado Hunting Outfitters

    Sorry no direct info on them so my knowledge is solely based on what I know about the area they hunt and what I see in their gallery. I assume you are talking about Western Colorado Outfitters based in Montrose. I perused their gallery. Most all the elk posted in the pics look to be on the...
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    Big Bore Rifles, How Much Do you Actually Shoot Them?

    Shooting mostly 480 and 500 gr with Varget or Benchmark. Also finding excellent accuracy with the GS Custom Flat Point Solids and Barnes TSX. Not much problem getting 2250 to 2300 fps with most all the bullet types in weights ranging from 450 gr to 500 gr. For practical reasons and to avoid any...
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    Big Bore Rifles, How Much Do you Actually Shoot Them?

    “How much do I shoot them?” Actually quite a lot. Last couple of weeks probably 8 range sessions with and without chronograph firing about 70 rounds out of latest acquisition, my second Win 70 416 Rem. Month prior to that 100 rounds out of 375 HH. And about every month or two 5-10 rounds out of...
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    30-06 problem loading

    Yep, some CRFs just don't like being treated like PFs. :):):)
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    The Secret Seven

    The Secret Seven ... hmmm... Kind of an odd category but interesting! I think the jackal is the right "size" and can be nocturnal for sure but not in the same category as most of the others- especially the cats. I have no preference for listing or grouping and would agree with most any rationale...
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    North Fork Bullets

    "Some in stock already". Really? Seems like that is the same remnant list of NOS that has been there since Reloading Intl acquired the North Fork stock when they closed. Plus, Reloading Intl does not yet list them as one of their manufactures. You have to enter North Fork bullets in the search...
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    Dangerous Game for a first Safari?

    You'll likely find out that hunting the DG first will not at all ruin the hunt for PG. What usually happens is that you'll start enjoying other parts of these trips more than the pulling-the-trigger parts. Relax, get up early to take in the sounds of the bush waking up and have some coffee...
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    What is your minimum Buffalo cartridge

    I’m trying to understand why you think an iron sighted 458 shooting 350 grain bullets at 2700 fps would be better for buffalo than a reasonably scoped 458 shooting 500 gr bullets at 2250 FPS or a reasonably scoped 375 shooting 300 gr bullets at 2500 fps? And really the same applies to all the...
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    30-06 problem loading

    Yes, something is not making sense. A SAAMI standard chamber neck is .340". A fired case in that diameter chamber will end up about .339"...depending on thickness, hardness and number of times fired. The .001-.002" brass spring back is why a case can be extracted. Add about .001"-.002" to a...
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    Got the CZ blues

    I think Mauser originally worked all that out in detail... all the geometric parameters required for feeding the various cartridges. But given the nearly endless variety of cartridges it would indeed be impossible, at a reasonable cost, for any manufacturer to design a receiver/action/magazine...
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    30-06 problem loading

    Well by ending up with factory jacketed bullet measurements ranging from .310" to .315", when most all will be very close to the standard of .308", there may be another problem. And, depending on neck wall thickness, the loaded neck diameter of 30-06 with jacketed bullets normally runs about...
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    30-06 problem loading

    This dilemma is very confusing! I doubt factory ammo is the problem but it's possible. That .005" between go and no go ammo might cause the problem. For certain that needs to be sorted out because if ammo that barely fits the chamber neck is fired and the bullet is restricted- pressure may soar...
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    What is your minimum Buffalo cartridge

    If your bag includes buffalo, eland and some others- like zebra, wildebeest, oryx, kudu and impala for example, the simplest and probably the best way is to take one rifle and use it for everything. Focusing on 350 gr at higher velocity in the 458, IMO, is going in the wrong direction. It would...
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    Pre-64 Winchester 70 9.3x64 Brenneke - The mystery continues

    I imagine Rule is feeling his age, retired and plain tired of countless questions like, "my granddad had a such and such M70- so what is it?". I can't really blame him. Interesting thread for sure! So here goes 2 cents. That rifle looks refinished. The butt pad cover is odd so don't know what...
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    What is your minimum Buffalo cartridge

    Been there done that on Kodiak- heckuva place- and you are absolutely correct. One look at the tracks of a good sized bear, then you glance at your rifle and think, " uhhh is this rifle big enough?" I spent 14 day there as a back-up one spring for my nephew-- from crawling up extremely steep...
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    List of Countries Red Listed for travel to South Africa

    Socialist/leftist mantra... "nothing to see here, China good (bribes at all levels), others bad" Size of blue circles indicate relative number of cases. Map source Wikipedia, New York Times and Johns Hopkins U. Updated 9-30-20
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    Got the CZ blues

    I did a little experimenting today. I'm still not buying into the idea that either the ammo length is wrong or the bullet meplat is too wide... that CZ, factory chambered in 458 WM, should feed (or have fed) those 458 WM cartridges with all weight, flavor and shape of bullets! Something is not...
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    Tarnished bullets

    Certainly possible. If it's just residual flux from the bonding process or even cleaning/tumbling solution, the tarnishing will show even in dry conditions. I've never seen it with Swifts but once in a while other brands. Just wipe it off and not worry about it.
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    Lee Factory Crimp Die

    The FCDs aren't expensive at about $12 plus shipping from most outlets. I just checked my supply of flat washers and it appears most thick washers, as found in hardware stores, range between about .08" and .12" thick which is an ideal range for choices if your Flanged is about .1" longer than...
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    Shooting Sticks

    Off sticks is best shooting "practice" you can do before safari. Because most of the time (not always) sticks will be used. I hesitate to take sticks because either the PH or tracker will be setting them up and they are going to be most familiar with their own and they all have them. The only...
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    Lee Factory Crimp Die

    Yep, if your die is 1 1/4" diameter, you'll need to remove the reducer bushing in the press (RCBS). They can be pretty tight from the factory. Use a correct fitting 1 1/2" wrench. A 15" crescent will work with care as the head is fairly thin.
 
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