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@BeeMaa i see a .257 weatherby barrel in your near future for the new synthetic stock.

I am also curious if a bolt mechanism swap between rifles results in the same POI. I haven’t tried this yet and plan to on my next range trip.
has anyone else done this? (Not just the bolt face, the whole cocking slide.)
 

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@BeeMaa i see a .257 weatherby barrel in your near future for the new synthetic stock.

I am also curious if a bolt mechanism swap between rifles results in the same POI. I haven’t tried this yet and plan to on my next range trip.
has anyone else done this? (Not just the bolt face, the whole cocking slide.)
I do plan on moving the entire bolt from my PH Safari to the Professional.
I really like the knurled bolt knob Mrs BeeMaa got me for my birthday.
Although, sticking with the polymer knob would make it lighter...hmmm.

I'll check it out and let you know.
Besides, I have another birthday coming up this year.
 

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The carrying of cartridges has been the topic of some debate for me.
In the past I've used a butt stock mounted synthetic pouch with elastic loops.
These pouches were not on DG rifles, but more of a "deer" rifle.
They also incorporated a cheek-pad riser to help align the eye with the scope.
They looked like this on my (now sold) Savage M16 300WSM Bear Hunter.
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Something like this was not in the cards for a DG rifle.
I tried a Murray Leather buttstock shell holder with elastic loops.
Although it was a high quality product, in actual use, it's didn't work as planned.
I ended up selling this to another AH member.
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What worked best for me was a belt mounted cartridge holder.
I used a Galco Safari 5 on my first safari and it worked, but not great.
I found the flap cumbersome and took it to my leathersmith for adjustments.
He trimmed off the top and bottom flap, sanded, stained and burnished it to match.
This worked great for me, mounted on the right side on my belt (I'm right handed).
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Because it has worked so well, Mrs BeeMaa decided to give me a gift.
A Murray cartridge belt with leather loops showed up a couple of weeks ago.
I gave it a quick rub down with some leather conditioner and stacked it with 416RM ammo.
The fit and finish of this belt is amazing, I'm very happy with this piece of kit.
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It holds 300WM, 375H&H and 416RM all with equal tension.
I'm sure it would do the same for any 375H&H based cartridge.
Cartridges are easy to pull out, but not loose at all.

The plan for the Safari 5 is for Mrs BeeMaa to use it.
I'd like her to have it on her belt, but only see her doing that on a DG hunt.
Otherwise, I can carry it for her...no big deal.
Either way, a few extra cartridges is a good thing.
And when we get in the bakkie, I can take it off and not have it sticking me in the side/back.

I was thinking of coloring in the base of my solids with a black Sharpie.
That way I'd know at a glance, which ones were softs vs. solids.
Has anyone else done something similar?
Murray leather is great and I am chuckling about you cutting the flaps off of the shell carrier. Those flaps are a terrible idea! Terrible.
I use two of Dick Murray’s shell carriers with solids on my left and softs on my right. Or at least that is what if do for elephant hunting as I don’t see the need for solids except for ele and tiny ten.
Philip
 

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