Not to derail, but having tested and hunted a lot of Hammer bullets in various calibers, Hammers are not identical to Barnes TSX in any way. Hammers fragment the front end off into multiple petals radiating outward and the shank continues on like a solid with straight line penetration. The dual radius driving band design also produces less contact pressure in the bore generating greater velocities for the same comparable weight bullet.Even though I can hand load and will do it without hesitation if the situation calls for it, I generally prefer to go for factory loads whenever possible. Because I have much more faith in the loading abilities of professionals than my own.
So (in terms of factory loaded ammunition which is currently being manufactured),
for 7x57mm Mauser… I really like Hendershots Custom ammunition loaded with the 175Gr Hornady Interlock expanding bullet.
for .375 Holland & Holland Magnum… I really like Hendershots Custom ammunition loaded with the 300Gr Swift A Frame expanding bullet and the 300Gr Cutting Edge Bullets Safari Solid.
for .600 Nitro Express, I really like Superior Custom Ammunition loaded with 900Gr Hammer bullets ( all copper hollow points which are identical to the Barnes TSX bullet) and 900Gr Cutting Edge Bullets Safari Solids.
Thank you for elaborating on this matter. I should have worded my comment better. It LOOKS identical to a Barnes TSX bullet from the exterior.Not to derail, but having tested and hunted a lot of Hammer bullets in various calibers, Hammers are not identical to Barnes TSX in any way. Hammers fragment the front end off into multiple petals radiating outward and the shank continues on like a solid with straight line penetration. The dual radius driving band design also produces less contact pressure in the bore generating greater velocities for the same comparable weight bullet.
The key word here is custom. I have used them before in my bolt guns with excellent results. I place them at least in my mind as a reloader given their attention to each shell.I have never been interested in reloading rifle rounds. When I was still shooting several thousand shotgun shells a year, I did reload those, but that was purely an economic consideration rather than any particular pride in product (pretty clear if you looked at one of my shells after multiple reloads.
However, the best quality and best performing rifle ammunition is important to me. So, my solution is a custom loading service. I have used Hendershots in Maryland for more than 20 years. Lance does brilliant work, and I have used his ammunition on all my African hunts. He has also developed all the loads for my double rifles - all of which regulate beautifully at 100 yards with his loads. The one exception is the .470 which is set up with iron sights and regulates at 70.
I use Lee Factory Crimp Dies for many of my loads.If reloads are not CRIMPED to factory standard, then setback of bullets in the magazine could become an issue if you really have to pour on the repeat shots at DG. Lee makes a great "factory" collet type crimper. On the other hand, for the 458 WM, old caked powder is the biggest danger in older factory loadings, with a history of squib firings the result, so in that case, reloads all the way.
There will never be 100% reliability no matter if every bullet has primers and powder in it.Sorry... I´m writting without reading all the post! I´m a little short of time, but...
I´m a reloader man...
I know all about the components I use in my charges... I put EVERY primer in the pocket by myself carefully, visual inspection all the time, the powder are charged in the case after a detailes and precise measure with a precission scale...
I NEVER... I REPEAT... NEVER trust more and put my life in the hands (If I should use the word) of a MACHINE... A factory load are mechanizaised and there are many process in the line to say "it´s more trusty a factory bullet than a handmaid bullet"...
I only trust and put my life ON ME... I never trust more in a machine than in milself
There are reloading experts on AH. That said unless you load and shoot animals with your reloads regularly then you should use quality factory ammo. The number of dangerous incidents with DG and reloads is legendary.I'm curious what you're doing for ammo on DG hunts. I certainly reload for practice and I have used both factory loads and reloads for the actual DG hunt. There has been some pride of ownership in using my own reloads for any of my hunts. However, how many of you reload for DG versus going to factory loads for the actual hunt? I don't have quality control issues with my reloads but I wonder about the extra peace of mind from using factory loads. We're talking about DG hunts where the range is typically 50 yards or usually much closer. It's not an accuracy question but it is a reliability question. I'm always hoping I haven't fouled a primer somehow. Hasn't happened yet!
I'm thinking about this as I prep loads for buffalo and elephant this summer. I will be using reloads for the leopard as that load isn't available off the shelf.
Agree...There will never be 100% reliability no matter if every bullet has primers and powder in it.
you can minimise it but won’t ever not have ammo that will go off everytime you pull the trigger
I get the need for crimping in bolt action but for my DR no need for extra crimping whatsoever after owning and shooting five of them…just not neededI use Lee Factory Crimp Dies for many of my loads.
The powder caking you speak of I have seen when compressed loads of ball type powders are used. The age of the loads is also a major contributing factor, IMO.