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Ammo for Upcoming Hunt

Ammo for Upcoming Hunt
« on: May 17, 2011, 01:51:49 PM »
I have a hunt in Argentina in a few months and I intend to use my .257 UL to shoot a large black buck and a medium sized ram.  I have been looking for ammo and I ran across the Nosler custom stuff. It is expensive (sort of) but it looks like it allows someone that does not reload the ability to get hand made ammunition.  I really like the WBY Mag 110 AB but the 100 or 115 BT would likely do just as well.  I am guessing the black buck shot will be from 150 - 300 yards and the ram from 70 - 200 max.   I am just wondering what ammo you guys would use for the hunt.  I think the 110 AB would be the best choice because the max shoot distance is under 300.  I believe 300 or over would warrant the BT. 

I am sure the off the shelf weatherby ammo will also work fine as they use top of the line brass but having the date and hunt labeled on the side of the box is a cool feature of the Nosler custom stuff.

Thanks in advance for your replies!
« Last Edit: May 17, 2011, 01:59:16 PM by fotman »

Re: Ammo for Upcoming Hunt
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2011, 02:21:44 PM »
Aside from bullet construction, the thing I would consider first and foremost is... How does my rifle shoot each type of ammo? If my rifle doesn't like a certain ammo, then I won't use it?

I understand that the ammo in question is expensive, but how much does your hunt cost? The ammo is probably the cheapest part of the hunt, isn't it? Spend a little bit and try each type. The nice part about doing this, is you really only have to do it once, because rifles don't change their minds.

Good luck on your hunt!

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Re: Ammo for Upcoming Hunt
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2011, 04:13:13 PM »
What shoots well in your rifle now?   If the 110 gr. Accubonds do, I would go with those.  Since you said the shots will more than likely be 300 yards or less, you should probably stay away from 100 gr. ballistic tips @ .257 speeds  ;D.

Re: Ammo for Upcoming Hunt
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2011, 06:07:29 AM »
I would agree with Accumark about not using the BT.The 110 AB should do well.I am a fan of the Barnes bullets.As Mike said ,use the one your rifle likes best though.It would be neat having the Nosler custom with the date and hunt on the box.Who will you be hunting with in Argentina?
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Re: Ammo for Upcoming Hunt
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2011, 07:01:51 AM »
All of your input is appreciated.  I think I will order the Nosler custom 110 AB and then head to the range for a test round. I of course intended to shoot the ammo before I went on the trip just to make sure the gun, the ammo and myself all work well together.

Right now, I shoot 100 SP for normal west Texas hunting and they are as good as expected.

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Martin has been a pleasure to deal with and I look forward to the hunt. We will have two days of dove blasting and three to four days of hunting. We actually have spots open if others would like to go.

Re: Ammo for Upcoming Hunt
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2011, 10:29:25 AM »
That sounds like a great trip.Especially adding the dove hunt since you are in Argentina.I just did my big trip for this year or I would sure be interested.I don't think I can spring it now.But,how much money are we talikg about, not considering the air fare?
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Re: Ammo for Upcoming Hunt
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2011, 01:42:20 PM »
I don't know what the shipping requirements are, but you might check the .257 Weatherby ammo offerings on www.gunbroker.com. There, you might find something that is of interest to you if the shipping issues can be resolved.   

Re: Ammo for Upcoming Hunt
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2011, 02:23:32 PM »
Terminator - We can add up to 5 people @ 2100 pp for seven days all inclusive with two days of dove hunting.  For hunting, the trophy fee's are additional and range from 1 - 5k.  Extra's are flights, licenses, trophy fee's, shotgun rental & ammo, mount, shipping etc.

If you go to www.tsbuenosaires.com and click on left side banner "2011 SEASON" you can see some of the animals.  Some trophy fees are as follows:

Blackbuck   517/8 SCI or less   1.000
   from 52 to 547/8 SCI   1.250
   from 55 to 572/8 SCI   1.500
   from 573/8 to 603/8 SCI   1.750
   from 604/8 to 647/8 SCI   2.000
   65 SCI & +   Consult pricing

Red Stag   2027/8 SCI or less   2.500
   from 203 to 2297/8 SCI   3.000
   from 230 to 2597/8 SCI   3.400
   from 260 to 2697/8 SCI   3.800
   from 270 to 2827/8 SCI   4.200
   from 283 to 2997/8 SCI   4.600
   from 300 to 3197/8 SCI   5.000
   from 320 to 3397/8 SCI   5.600
   340 SCI & +   Consult pricing

Axis Deer   1017/8 SCI or less   1.900
   from 102 to 1097/8 SCI   2.300
   from 110 to 1145/8 SCI   2.500
   from 1146/8 to 1217/8 SCI   2.700
   from 122 to 1297/8 SCI   2.900
   from 130 to 1397/8 SCI   3.100
   140 SCI & +   Consult pricing

I can send you the price full list if you like. The Red Stagg's on the website are incredible.  Also, they have a special on the main page if you put your mouse over the center picture.