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Old 11-26-2012, 10:12 PM
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375 shooters...

I've read a lot on this site and have learn a ton of useful info. I was using the search function when I ran across something interesting. Many shooters are using the 300 RUM, or the 338 Edge, and often the 338 RUM, but I don't see many people shooting the 375 RUM for long range. I realize the bullet selection isn't the greatest and recoil is greatly increased, but is that the only reason?

I currently have both a 300 RUM and a 375 RUM. The 300 shoots 185 VLD's at 3175 sub MOA to 550. My current load for the 375 is a 260gr NAB at ~2970. Several deer and bear (and yes, a groundhog) have fallen to the 260 NAB. I gained some speed with a 235gr speer at 3200fps for short range deer. Sporting a 4-12 leupold limits range, but I've found it possible to thump "cow pies" at 400-500 yards.

I wanted your input on a good "all round" mid-long range bullet/load for deer and bear. I'm open to all suggestions, just thought I'd see what the rest of you all shoot. Should I stick to the 260 NAB's at almost 3000fps? Max range ~600 yards.... until I move to Co/Wy in a few years when the ole lady finishes Vet School ;-)

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:56 PM
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Re: 375 shooters...


I would suppose that the 375 RUM simply scared a bunch of people away due to reported recoil and bullet selection. It is a great chambering and with a proper brake wouldn't be bad to shoot at all.

As far as long range goes bc of 375 bullets doesn't start getting good until about 350 grains. But the 260 NAB would reach out pretty well but may suffer a bit due to wind. Give it a go out to 1k and see how she works for you. You may be surprised...

From experience I can tell you that the 350 SMK @ 3200+ MV is an impressive thumper.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:46 PM
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Re: 375 shooters...


I was leery of the 375 RUM due to recoil, but I thought it must be the soft shouldered ones giving negative reviews of the rifle, so I went with it! Wish mine had a brake though.

I'll have to run the 260's "out there" to see how they do. You're right, it has surprised me before. It sure does do a good job making little rocks out of big rocks!

What 375 are you launching at 350 SMK @3200??? I'd love to see that!

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:06 PM
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Re: 375 shooters...

Any other 375 shooters out there?
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:28 AM
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Re: 375 shooters...

in about 6 months from now, I'll join the .375 club !

have been a 30 cal shooter forever, went to 338 Edge this summer and really got hooked,
now putzin around with a wildcat .375 of my own design,

reamer ordered, dies ordered... haven't made up my mind on barrel brand yet but will be ordering one by the end of next week
How is it y'all still don't know the difference between CALIBER and CARTRIDGE ??

"In guns, particularly firearms, caliber or calibre is the approximate internal diameter of the barrel, or the diameter of the projectile it fires."

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Old 12-09-2012, 06:45 AM
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Re: 375 shooters...

I have a .375 H&H that I want to experiment with. I am working with 250g TTSX's with the intent to develop a solid elk load for use out to 600 yards or so.

When that is done, I really want to do some work with 300g Cutting Edge bullets. Running some rough calculations through JBM Ballistics indicates that I should be able to put a load together that will stay supersonic past 1200 yards.

Right now, my rifle is really set up more as a short to medium range smasher. If any of my tinkering shows promise, I may have to re-think that.

With the correct twist, I have got to think that the larger cased .375's could make pretty good use of the 320g to 400g bullets that Cutting Edge offers.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:09 PM
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Re: 375 shooters...

Berger is supposed to be making a hybrid bullet in .375 cal in 2013
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