I use only factory ammo....Except. Last year I had my son load Barnes TSX 400 grain bullets for my .404J because I could not find factory ammo for a .404J with that bullet. My successful hunt verified that I made the right choice. Had I been using my .416 Rigby, I could have purchased Barnes 400 grain TSX ammo over the counter.
400 gr. TSX recovered from buffalo
The only time I would shoot factory in recent years is with a new to me rifle and it's for sight in purposes only. But I don't even do that now. A common powder for caliber and a Nosler Ballistic Tip will get that done and for cheap.
I will use a cheap factory brand ammo to sight in a scope or if I'm going to do extensive practice. I use the custom ammo for fine sight in and hunting. At a $1.30 per bullet I limit the amount of Hammer bullets I shoot; damn good bullet, accurate and great penetration but at that price you got to limit the amount of shooting you do with it. The heavier calibers go for 90 plus dollars for fifty when you include shipping.
For me reloading is part of the hunt. Good hunting bullets whatever the cost are cheap when compared to the cost of the rest of the hunt. That being said I reload inexpensive "Blemished" Hornady DGX for practice in my larger caliber rifles i.e. 375 H&H and up. For my smaller rifles I practice with the bullets I hunt with.
I used factory loaded ammo on my first trip to Africa.. Barnes Vor-TX for the 308 and Nosler "trophy grade" in the .375 H&H..
Since then its been re-loads exclusively though.. I've got a very good barnes TTSX load built that all of my .30's like.. and a very good TSX load for my .375 and .416 that group well and have enough velocity to open up nicely..
Other than my 7x57 which seems to love hornady 154gr interlocks better than anything else on the planet (i know.. cheap bullet.. but works fine for domestic NA game.. and hard to beat a .5MOA grouping).. pretty much everything gets loaded with TSX or TTSX at the mdwest house these days..
As suggested, I should have added a couple other options but was just curious to see how many people hunt with reloads in Africa versus buying and using factory ammo. So far it's no contest. For the record, I shoot and hunt with reloads only in my centerfires. Dedicated slug guns, shotguns and rimfires are fed factory ammo.
I have a like new VC .450 I might part with. I had it built in 2013 and it has served me well. Also have a VC fitted leather trunk case for it along with the plastic case it came with. I'll take 14000 for all of it.
I have been looking for ideas on the best way to display my European mounts from Africa. I came across some of your shield work and was wondering if you would be willing to make one for me? If so, please let me know the cost. I like the shield with the two spears that you built for a member years ago. Thanks.
Nelson. Is this message a PM format. I want to send you my email, but don't know if this is the cirrect way to do it. I'm at <firstname.lastname@example.org> Send me an email with your phone and I will call you about a skull I have. I went to school in Boston and am from Bernardston in the west part of the state. Moved to Alaska in 1984 adn never looked back.