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338wm vs 375H&H vs 338rum

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Unread 02-05-2013, 10:51 PM
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Re: 338wm vs 375H&H vs 338rum

If your not going to use for long range I would just buy one, switch stocks if you don't like the fit and feel
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Unread 02-06-2013, 12:29 AM
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Re: 338wm vs 375H&H vs 338rum

Agree with midwesthunter 100%. I just got my order in to rifle stocks .com for my new laminate thumbhole stock.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 10:07 AM
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Re: 338wm vs 375H&H vs 338rum

I am going to have to disagree with the masses. even out to 500 or a little further the 375 H&H is by far going to out thump them all. The devastating killing power of the 375 is unlike that of the 338's I have 2- 375's and 2-338's and I assure you the 338 is no slouch and the winmag or the rum will handle either with ease. However with the 375 there are several advantages. the first one is all of your reloading manuals build loads at 55k PSI because the cartridge is so old they have to make it safe for the 80 year old rifles but if you have a modern rifle itll handle around 65k psi easy which means you are getting a lot more velocity than the book states. (case in point my dad has a sako 375 H&H and shoots the 270TSX at 2900 fps which is nothing short of impressive) The second advantage is diameter, there is something about a big bore that sucks the life out of stuff. its a whole new kind of dead. and thirdly the design of the 375H&H cartridge itself. Long taper, feed very easily and extracts easily, it was designed for dangerous game and it has been the gold standard for years. So unless you want to get into long range shooting with it (600+) I would go 375 no questions! the 374 is a serious rifle for serious hunters.

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Unread 02-06-2013, 10:52 AM
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Re: 338wm vs 375H&H vs 338rum

I agree with Mike. I was in the same boat as the OP with my new rifle. I looked into the .375 as well but after deciding that 98% of my hunting will be for Elk I went a different route. I found a great deal on a slightly used .340 Weatherby Mag Mark V Alaskan. I decided to split the performance difference between the Winmag and RUM (although it is VERY close to the RUM) and get the higher quality Weatherby rifle and enjoy the 54deg short bolt lift and liquid smooth action and superior brass for reloading. That gives me a much faster cycleing and imho a more reliable rifle in dangerous game territory. All for less money than a new Rem in the .338 Rum.

For the O.P. :
if Bears are #1 then get the .375 H&H, .378 Wby, or .338-378Wby

Bear is not #1 and money is easy, .338-378Wby, then .340Wby

For best bang for the dollar new rifle... the .338 Rum dressed in a Remington XCR II.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 06:54 PM
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Re: 338wm vs 375H&H vs 338rum

I love the 338 win AND the 375 h@h. I've owned both for years. The 375 will drive an all copper 300 grain to nearly 2600 fps. I'm coring two feet into frozen railroad ties with it and holding better than 280 grain; I've got the bullets posted in the TEST forum if you browse around a bit. It'll put the hurt on for sure.
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Unread 02-07-2013, 05:04 AM
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Re: 338wm vs 375H&H vs 338rum

I will toss one more out there. The 9.3x62

Way less recoil than the other calibers listed. Plenty enough smack to run to 400 yards. Comparable energy to the 375H&H. Its the only sub .375 cartridge allowed for dangerous game in some African countries.

Runs on a standard LA and .473 bolt face. Factory ammo pushes a 286PT at 2450 and the 250AB at 2550. Very popular cartridge all over the world and gaining popularity in the US.

Widely used here in Sweden (all of Scandinavia) for moose, bear, big deer and Russian boar and it flattens all of them.

Lapua, Norma, Hornady and Nosler brass and a decent bullet selection.
Along with good quality factory ammo availability.

The 9.3x62 has my vote, but of the three you asked about I would take the 375H&H
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Unread 02-07-2013, 05:21 AM
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Re: 338wm vs 375H&H vs 338rum

All will do under most circumstances... I'd personally choose the .338 RUM with a great bullet. Partition or X-bullet will handle it without question. If your recoil sensitive choose the .375 not that's it's easy but it's a little better.. shoot straight and don't stop shooting and you'll be all right with any of the mentioned.
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