Originally Posted by bigsk
Thanks for all the information on calibers, bullets, etc. Based on your suggestions and talking with some reloading buddies, I picked up some Hornady Interbond bullets. 139gr - 7mm; 165gr and 180gr .308. Will work up some loads this week end.
Started looking at the paperwork for the trip. Temporary Firearms Import for SA. SAP 520, US Proof of Ownership CBP 4457 - Certificate of Registration from US Customs. The other paperwork I'm good with, letters of invitation, etc.
Looks like the trip may move into the first couple of weeks of July, work seems to be getting in the way. Business trip to Brazil in June, one of my hunting friends will be there as well, so we are still good to go.
Any suggestions on preparation, paperwork, etc. will be greatly appreciated. I will fly into Johannesburg Tambo, go through customs, then make a connecting flight south.
Still thinking about that 9.3x62; however, can't talk Charlie out of his.
Hornady makes some factory 300wm 165 and 180gr loads in the Superformance line with the interbond bullet. I'd say buy a box and take that for a ride and see how you like it. You may have to do some tweaking with your own load to get it to settle in for Max accuracy, but you'll definitely love the performance of the bullet.
Grizzly Ammo offers one load with the 165 and one with the 180gr Swift SiroccoII that you can order through MidwayUsa.com and I'd say give one or both of them a ride as well.
I'm going to be making a trip to SA at some point over the next three years to work with a client of mine and some of his friends for a bit and when I go I'm thinking I'll definitely take the .264wm and either the 7mm STW or 300WM. I also have the .300 RUM but I really see no need to tote it along since I won't be shooting big buffalo or anything else on the "dangerous game" list.
Once you get your loads tuned to where you are happy I'd say contact the outfitter and find out exactly what is required for you to ship a few boxes of your custom loads a month or two ahead of your hunt to ensure it's waiting for you when you get there.