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Old 04-09-2009, 08:47 PM
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IS the 375 ruger a good long range caliber?

I am building a new long range rifle and came across this cartridge. Is it a long action caliber? What is its effective killing range? Is it suitable for elk and larger game animals. Is the 375 ruger in danger of becoming extinct? and does it use a .540 bolt face?
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:05 PM
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Re: IS the 375 ruger a good long range caliber?

Well it can push the 300 grain pills fast enough to kill stuff but 338's are probably superior due to less recoil and less $$$ per shot. There is a 350 grain SMK but it could probably only do <2500 fps with it. It is long action...and lots of people like it over the H&H because it's "new". Ammoguide will give you the case head diameter, it's standard magnum I'm pretty sure.
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Re: IS the 375 ruger a good long range caliber?

The 375 ruger good for long range.... no probably not.
The 375 ruger necked down to 338.... now we are talking!

Yes the 375 ruger is a magnum bolt face and has got pretty popular. Especially here in the northwest.

The "dakota" cartridges are basically the same idea and would be a better bet for a long range gun if you like the 375 ruger case.

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Re: IS the 375 ruger a good long range caliber?

The 375 Ruger is a modest gain over the 375 H&H and to neck it down to 338 would result in modest gain over a 338 Win. A 338 Edge, Lapua, Rum, 338/378 all would be a much better choice IMHO due to the availability to easily obtain higher BC bullets than can are currently readily available for the 375
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Re: IS the 375 ruger a good long range caliber?

Boy you guys are really hung up on the .338's. I agree that it is a good caliber, but there are others out there that can do the job. 8mm's, 7mm's, and 30's are all good choices. I would even venture into the 264's, but that would be pushing its capabilities beyond 1000yrds.

As far as the 375, I would say it is going to knock down anything in the world. It is a heavy caliber, and you should be able to knock things down out to 1000 easy. The problem is the bullet quality. If they could produce a plausible bullet in .270, 8mm, and 35's... now were talking about more punch for the buck.

Personally I would go with a 7mm caliber (STW, Rem. Mag., 280 AI, 7mmWSM), or 30's (300 Win Mag, 300WSM) I really don't care for the reloading cost of the RUM and many others. The ones I have chosen will ask all you want of it to about 1200yrds accept the 280AI, 7mmWSM and the 300WSM for elk size game. Under 1000yrds these calibers would work well.

I have .338 brass, so that would be a considered build for the very reason of the brass. That was when I was all about bigger is better. I am strongly considering the 260AI or 7WSM next go round.

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Re: IS the 375 ruger a good long range caliber?

The opening poster asked specificaly about a 375 Caliber for long range, meaning IMHO he wanted a hammer and the 338 is the most practical long range hammer at this point in time. 300 RUMs and the like do not compared favorably to the long range thump of the 300 grain SMK out of a 338 Edge, Lapua, 0r 338/378
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Re: IS the 375 ruger a good long range caliber?

I had a buffalo hunter use one in late December and it worked like a charm. He had a problem because he wanted Barnes bullets and was going to have a company custom load them for him. (Superior, I think.) He said he looked everywhere for brass and ended up buying loaded ammo at some rediculous price and tearing them apart to make the new loads. It ended up costing $10 per round or something like that. The rifle he used was a blued/synthetic Ruger that looked nice but it thumped pretty good when you pulled the trigger.
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