Thanks for a very interesting post. And thanks to all for thoughtful, insightful, and above all "civil" responses. Quite often these can get ugly, just shows to the class of folks we have here!!
This is a topic that's been an interest of mine since I was in my teens. I grew up in Louisiana, loved hunting deer, small game, and critters. I bought a Model 88 Win.(.308 Win.) when I was 14(1967), and started hand loading soon after with a $10.00 Lee Loader. At sixteen I got a S&W Mod. 28, with hand loading being the only way I could afford to shoot it. Casting bullets came along soon thereafter. Within a few years, I thought that it would be good to have a "one gun, do it all rifle"! This is when I first starting casting bullets for the .308 Win. Summer time found me shooting snakes, armadillos, turtles, and general “plinking”. In the fall, it was squirrels and rabbits (you quickly learned – head shots only)! In the early '80's, with dreams of Alaska and Africa, I bought my first .375 H&H. Developing cast bullet loads for it, seemed to be a “natural” progression!
I would like to add another response to your topic. I told you what my wife and I use. Another viable option (IMHO) would be one of the .358 cal.(.358 STA, Griffin& Howe, Norma, ect.), for those who do not cast their own. Handgun bullets at reduced loads in these rifles provide, inexpensive, low recoil, and effective practice or small game loads. memtb