Shooter: Cobus Botha
Posted: Jul 23, 2012
I reload my own ammunition. For a recent hunting trip to the Kalahari Desert, South Africa I used 165gr Hornady GMX bullets in my BRNO 300 Win Mag. The loads I developed were chronographed at 3350 ft/sec muzzle velocity. I needed a bullet that would shoot flat over long distances as well as retain its weight and stand up structurally against hard skinned African game.
Extracted bullet from Red Hartebeest
Extracted bullet from Gemsbuck
I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I took these Gemsbuck (Oryx) and Red Hartebeest (shown top right) bulls both at approximately 180m. Both were raking shots angled it on the shoulder with the bullets retrieved from beneath the skin in the area of the floating rib. The weight retention of both bullets were in excess of 97%. The terminal performance of these of the GMX bullets were exceptional and left large wound channels without causing to much meat damage.
The 165 gr GMX has proofed itself and has become my go-to bullet in future. I will also start loading the 80 gr GMX for my 243 Win.
Thank you for an excellent product.