And I personally know PH's whos guns have jammed wih reloads in dangerous situations. Ive been doing this a while.
To each his own.
Internet forums bring together people with common interests from vastly different walks of life, and from all over the world. I am a fan of your videos. They are very informative on a subject that you have expertise. Please do not discount the expertise of many of us AH members when it comes to handloading, firearms, and shooting. We should all learn from each other.
Concerning handloaded ammunition, I trust my handloads over factory ammunition. I have factory ammo that does not meet the claimed velocity. I measure all my practice with a pair of Lab Radars. I also have factory ammo which do not fit into one of the chambers of my Heym 88B. Admittedly that chamber must be a little too tight. But my full-length sized brass always chambers! Is the factory ammo loaded with temperature-stable powder? How about bullet performance? It would be hard to match that of the latest generation projections such as the Cutting Edge Bullet’s Safari Raptors and Solids. There are of course factory loads that use Swift A-Frames and Barnes TSX bullets. Those are what I recommend to Africa bound hunters who do not handload.
There are many AH members that have loaded ammunition for decades. I started 50 years old without any adult supervision, long before I was old enough to legally drive! Along with loading, many of us are competitive marksmen firing thousands of rounds per year. I have loaded over 5,000 rounds per year without any failures, stoppages, of other boo-boos. How many rounds could an African PH fire in a year? As for practicing with big guns, I sent over 500 projectiles down the tubes for each of the last two years in preparation for African hunts. I think that many of my AH peers are similar to me.
I do not know where the PH’s that have experienced ammunition problems got their ammo. Were those rounds left over Lord knows which hunter? Certainly, those rounds did not come from me or my AH peers. Chances are that if sourced from a local handloader, the loader unfortunately would not have access to the nearly unrestricted supply of components available in the USA. I wish they did. Oh, and why would any professional not run all their ammo through the magazine and chamber prior to a hunt? Perhaps because as great of a PH as many are, they are not all gun aficionados!
Thank you and please continue what you do so well, as we will in our chosen professions and pastimes which we are passionate about!