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Old 01-31-2012, 09:56 PM
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Wildcat vs. Factory round?

I want to know what other LRH's think about chambering a Wildcat vs. Factory round. Now I am not lost on the fact that most folks hand load their own rounds. Just in the back of my mind "Murphy" tends to show up now and then. It would be a shame to set out on the hunt of a life time to arrive only with a rifle and some TSA guy thinking he stopped the crime of century by chunk'in my Wildcat rounds. Here you are stuck having to use a guides gun or a buddies. At least with a "more common" round you may be able to some what save your trip. Again I know a factory load will not be the same a my hand loads. Any thoughts or past event that you all have would help me choose for my first build.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:07 PM
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Re: Wildcat vs. Factory round?

Think some of that would relate to how often would you travel where the ammo would be seperate of rifle.Air travel?
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:23 PM
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Re: Wildcat vs. Factory round?

There's always that possibility that someone makes a bone head decision and forgets the ammunition or brings the wrong ammo.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:45 PM
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Re: Wildcat vs. Factory round?

Well with air travel it would be possible to have zero rifle show up. I was at a ski race in Aspen and a pair of my skies dint make it.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:41 PM
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Re: Wildcat vs. Factory round?

Up until the 1990's you had to wildcat cartridges to get top performance. From about the mid 90's on there have been so many top factory cartridges brought on the market there is no need to wildcat anything today for top performance.

With the 338-378 wby, 338 Lapua and 338 RUM all coming out during that time there is no need to wildcat a 338. With the 300 RUM and 30-378 wby there is no need to wildcat a 30. With the 7mm Dakota, 7mm STW and 7mm RUM there is no need to wildcat a 7mm. The 270 wby is still all you need there and then the 270 wsm comes in between it and the 270 winchester. In 264 I still like the 264 STW wildcat but the 264 winchester still is hard to beat. The 257 wby is all that is needed in 257. The 6mm's and 22's are where I still like my wildcats but those I consider mostly varmint rounds. So as far as long range hunting of big game is concerned factory offerings will do whatever you need. Then under all the top performers I listed there is all kind of stuff now to fill the void. The only thing I could imagine is shortenning some cases to seat long high bc bullets. But the performance is there with factory rounds.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:46 AM
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Re: Wildcat vs. Factory round?

As sp6x6 noted, ammo is separate from the rifle on air travel, likewise, the possibility of a no show for both rifle and ammo is always there.

Since your concern is the ammo, why not just send extra ammo days ahead to a designated pick up point (friend, family, outfitter, etc ...).

In the mid 1990s while stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB, my friends and I hunted elk in the Hannagan Meadow area in AZ. One of my hunting buddy only had 6 140gr .270 rounds due to last minute sight in adjustment and ran out of time to pick an ammo before our travel. He was hoping to pick up ammo at the Hannagan Meadow area. Plenty of places to purchase but all sold out. Luckily, he didn't need it.

We all have back up rifles with plenty of ammo except him.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:28 AM
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Re: Wildcat vs. Factory round?

One thing to consider is some of the wildcats you can get correct head stamping.
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