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Posted: January 31 2017 at 8:50am | IP Logged Quote M700

Still harboring dreams of a big game hunt in Africa, or "up north" I've been working with the .375 H&H a bit of late:



Winchester Model 70, built by Michael Scherz of Gila River Gun Works. What a great rifle!



I've used a Ruger Number One in .375 to take three black bear since 2010, and have come to really appreciate the cartridge. From mere feet to 300+ yards, I've had no trouble sending an accurate and lethal shot. A favorite bullet is the difficult-to-obtain 260 grain Nosler Accubond, which shoots beautifully when loaded over RL-15.



These bullets are in somewhat short supply, so if you've got any sitting around, under-employed, please let me know, I'd love to take 'em off your hands!

With the .375 zeroed at 200 yards, and a 260 or 270 grain bullet at about 2700 fps, ringing the gong at 300 yards, shot after shot, is no problem!

Regards, Guy

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A local shop has a nice Remington 798 for sale. In the process of going through a huge and eclectic amount of old reloading stuff my dad had including stuff for a .38-55, so now have a good mold. I may have a .375 H&H before long.

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Posted: February 02 2017 at 8:25pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Was at the range earlier today, only 10 degrees this morning, but a balmy 27 this afternoon when I was shooting.





Shot from standing and sitting, unsupported, at 100 yards. Not what I'd call bragging sized groups, but good practice for hunting. Great way to spend a couple of hours this afternoon! Big storm due tonight and tomorrow, supposed to snow pretty good, so I grabbed the opportunity this afternoon.

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Posted: February 02 2017 at 9:19pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

So much frozen snow where I go,18" to 24" can't even get the Taho to turn around....
And I have several rifles and handguns to shoot...

Good for you Guy!

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M700, if you don't already have one, you need a blog. And could possibly make money on it.

This is the sh*t outdoorsmen and gun nuts love. People like brief stories with good pics.

Hell, you've already got 90% of today's boring ass gun writers beat.
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Posted: February 03 2017 at 7:13pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Thank you.
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JD45 wrote:
M700, if you don't already have one, you need a blog. And could possibly make money on it.

This is the sh*t outdoorsmen and gun nuts love. People like brief stories with good pics.

Hell, you've already got 90% of today's boring ass gun writers beat.


Yea Guy.
You got lot of hunting writers beat already!
Real hunts with not BS extra stuff that is all made up.

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Posted: February 11 2017 at 5:54am | IP Logged Quote M700

At the range again yesterday, doing some rifle & handgun practice. Had the chronograph along, apparently my .375 loads are only doing 2650 fps.

But they shoot well.

I dunno, might leave everything as is with that load, or perhaps pump it up a bit. The load is well short of max. According to Nosler I should be able to get nearly 2800 fps, with a few more grains of powder. Not sure I need to do that, but... Maybe I'll try a few.

The Winchester is a big ol' pussycat with 260's at 2650 fps.

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Posted: February 11 2017 at 9:34am | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

I would certainly think that your load would be sufficient for about any normal hunting use, but heck experimentation is what makes reloading so enjoyable.

Easy enough to stick a small ballistics chart on the inside of the rifle butt for quick reference since you know the true velocity. Even long shots are easy if one knows the trajectory. I normally do just that for most of my hunting rifles where I might be presented with a bit longer shot.

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Faster is not always better.

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Posted: February 12 2017 at 7:26am | IP Logged Quote M700

safari100 wrote:
Faster is not always better.


I agree. And I've shot a couple of bear out at 300 yards with this load, it worked well.

I think I'll try a tad warmer load, but will carefully watch accuracy as well as velocity. Right now I'm reasonably happy with the accuracy, and don't want to sacrifice that for sake of more speed.

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I really like your idea of practice shooting to simulate
field conditions.

I get a lot of wierd stares at the range but the only
time I shoot off the bench is when I'm testing new loads
or getting on paper for a newly installed scope.

95% of my shooting at the range is off shooting sticks at
various ranges which is the way I hunt. This give me a
realistic view of my capabilities in the field. For me
this is a lot more fun that shooting off a bench which
drive me crazy and is boring to me.


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Posted: February 12 2017 at 7:41pm | IP Logged Quote safari100

Hoghuter, I agree and 100% of my practice is off sticks. Sighting in is a different story for me also.

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