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Hi from South Africa - LRH newbie

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Unread 03-04-2011, 02:16 PM
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Re: Hi from South Africa - LRH newbie

good day Newby,
I have been a 270 addict since 1983 and have shot all my game, up to an eland with this rifle.
I also compete in competititions and place middle plus. mostly due to lack of training, not the weapon.
I have fired 4500 rounds, using only the 150 grain and am only now seeing signs of moderate barrel wear.
my new rifle build is nearing completion,also a 270 . you are more than welcome to phone me on 0836255617 for more details
fellow South African
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Unread 03-04-2011, 10:39 PM
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Re: Hi from South Africa - LRH newbie

Good Day and Welcome!

The 6.5x284 or a 270 WSM would fit the bill for me.

Given the expensive cost of the parts, would it be any easier to just buy something on gunbroker and then pay the import fees?
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Unread 03-06-2011, 07:36 AM
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Re: Hi from South Africa - LRH newbie

I have been to SA three times and am planning a 4th trip. I hunt with Thamba Mmoya Safaries, Fanie Steyn.

Welcome to LRH, it's a great site!
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Unread 03-07-2011, 02:49 AM
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Re: Hi from South Africa - LRH newbie

Due to the huge cost I have gone the (more sensible?) route. Got myself a Howa Supreme (M1500) Varminter heavy barrel (24", 1 in 12) in 308 Win. Last one at the gunshop before price increases in 2011.
Thinking was that I should rather get a standard round that has plenty of factory ammo avaliable, shoot for a season or 2, get used to the rifle, round, ballistics etc, then start reloading and refining the long range art. Barrel life will be good, cost is half of a custom rifle, huge amounts of reloading data and the very inherently accurate 308 cartridge.
The gunsmith is building me an aluminium stock, looks almost like a Choate Ultimate sniper stock, very strong but not too heavy.
License should be here in May (!!???) hopefully, just in time for hunting season.
My partner is picking up a Falcon Menace 5.5-25x50 FFP metric scope in the UK in the next 2 weeks. FFP for simple, MIL measurements stay the same on whatever magnification, no dialing for me.
Anyone have a good load in the following:
150g at approx 2 800/2 850, preferable high BC hunting bullet like Accubond, Interbond etc. without pressure signs. I know some cases have higher volume than others, which ones?
Anyone have nice things to say about the Howa?
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Unread 03-07-2011, 11:11 AM
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Re: Hi from South Africa - LRH newbie


Howdy from Texas and welcome aboard.

It sounds like you're on the right track.

It will really come down to the ammunition and practice. But, the 308 will serve you well from PE to Tolwe and everywhere in between.

It's a beautiful country you live in.

Best wishes!
-- Richard
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Unread 03-07-2011, 11:27 AM
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Re: Hi from South Africa - LRH newbie

Love South Africa for the hunting. Better value than any guided hunts in the US. Prices are pretty good now for plains game. I have an outfitter I use over there, and he just was in the states going around to his regulars. Beautiful country, great trips. I will be back soon!
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Unread 03-07-2011, 12:17 PM
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Re: Hi from South Africa - LRH newbie

Hi there LRH newbie,
I cannot fault you on the choice of rifle nor calibre, mu other rifle is a 308 RSA Bisley , it has shot umpteen rounds, more than 5000 and is still giving 12mm groups at 100m.
If you indicate what application, I am willing to share my load data.I am a great follower of the sierra game king bullets, they give supreme accuracy as well as excellent terminal performance on game.
I have never fired a Howa but I hear only good things about it and I agree with your thoughts regarding costs and aggro, given that our gunsmiths dont really want to work
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