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375 rum for long range hunting

 
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:03 PM
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375 rum for long range hunting

i have a compleat set of rum all but the 7mm 300rum,338rum,338edge and now just got my 375rum barrel the 338rum is built as a repeater with a 28in light target barrel and jp recoil eliminater for hunting all outhers have 32in full bull barrels with the fastest twist avalible to shoot the heavy pills.
i am looking for any info for reloading this beast not about how much beter the outhers would be for long range . for what i have found the 350smk will easily get 2700-2800 fps and that will put about 2000lbs of energy on target at 1000yds that is more than a 308 win will do at 300yds so my thaughts was to build a long range hammer. And yes the 338 edge would probily do all i ever need to do but now i have all 3 guns built the same to compare.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:08 PM
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Re: 375 rum for long range hunting

Big Bore Al

Go to this thread from Jayson/ DoubleZranch:

375 RUM and the 260 Accubond...

Nosler AccuBond 260gr is the leading candidate right now in 3/8" bore. G1 BC is 0.473.

My Savage in 375 Ruger has a Factory Special Order 26" tube and with Hodgdon's max load with WW760 of 79.5gr and a Fed #215 primer the Chronograph says 3022fps Av w/ SD of 9fps. The 375 Rum should go 3100fps+ with this bullet in a 26" tube.

Long Live the 3/8" Bore LR Shooters!!!
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:53 PM
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Re: 375 rum for long range hunting

I wouldn't use the SMK for hunting. I think the expansion isn't the best. For targets they are great. Another option are the cutting edge line of bullets. The 320 grainers have a bc of .8 which is incredible for a 375 cal bullet. My plan is to try the 260 accubond and then the 320 ceb's. Your overall length on the cebs would have to be 3.906. With that being said, a Wyatt's box would be the way to go to make that happen.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:19 PM
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Re: 375 rum for long range hunting

I'm upset that I haven't seen any feedback on a .375 rum with a 350gr smk... :( truly bummed
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:58 AM
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Re: 375 rum for long range hunting

Chuck Plisskin

Be careful using target specific bullets on big game. Most have jackets that are uniform (and very thin!) nose to tail so they are centrifugally symmetrical and balanced. Most hunting bullets are strongly tapered, thin at the nose and thick at the base. The target types also have a very small hollow point that is as likely to fold in or collapse instead of expand properly. Most bullet makers warn against target bullets being used for big game.
Some target types work well as varmint ammo but only the Berger Hybrids are made for target/big game to my knowledge.

Maybe somebody else has some relevant experience with SMK's used on big game in 375. After all, we are talking about 300grs of lead here. That much lead has to do something when it hits.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:53 PM
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Re: 375 rum for long range hunting

Me and my daughter have killed 3 big game animals with the 350 smk from 375 rum. The first was a spike elk at 800 yards that did very little damage but no bullet recovered. The second was a 6 point mule deer at 550 yards very little damage but no recovered bullet. The third was a 2 point mule deer at 75 yards straight on frontal shot, the bullet hit the deer just above the eye exited the head and reentered at the front shoulder completely gutting the deer and exiting just to the side of the rectum. The only part of the bullet recovered was 3/8" of the hollow point tip that was broken off but otherwise intact (no expansion) next to the exit hole against the hide. These bullets have a very thick jacket designed for the chey-tac rpm speeds and not for expansion.
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:30 PM
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Re: 375 rum for long range hunting

338 bruce

Thanks for the post!

Sounds like FMJ performance. Useful on elephants but little else. I find it interesting that the skull of a deer caused the bullet to break in half. How thick can the jacket be? The base of the Nosler AccuBonds are substantially thick. Thicker than the SMK's I suspect.
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