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375HH mag or 375 ultramag?

 
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Old 12-25-2008, 05:57 PM
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Re: 375HH mag or 375 ultramag?

I would opt for the .375H&H. I own three of them and love them. Its a great round that has proven itself over and over.
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:51 AM
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Re: 375HH mag or 375 ultramag?

Another thing to consider is Brass/loaded ammo availiblity. the 375 H&H has been around forever and you could probably find ammo for it in just about every hunting country. the 375 RUM to my knowlege is only made by remington. And costs a ton for factory loads. just my two pennies.
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:40 AM
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Re: 375HH mag or 375 ultramag?

I do think the same way too for the ammo availibility.Thank JPRITT.
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:54 PM
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Re: 375HH mag or 375 ultramag?

Why not wait a little longer for the .416 Ruger to hit the market ? Ofcourse there is the .375 Ruger also, which matches the .375 H&H in a handy 20" barreled rifle, ready for Alaskan conditions.
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Old 06-14-2009, 09:24 PM
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Re: 375HH mag or 375 ultramag?

Well, here is my two cents. I've read the other guy's posts and it is all a matter of personal preference. However, here is my experience in Alaska over the last 6 years using the following:

.375 Rem. UltraMag w/ a Zeiss 3.5x10x44.

Two black bears and a 60" Bull Moose taken using the 300grain Swift A Frame. It packs a mean wallop out to long range. I killed my Moose with two shots at 501 yards according to the laser range finder. Both shots were through the shoulder only 5 inches apart and exited the ribs on the other side. Before anyone lambasts me for taking these shots, I practiced on the range for a year and burned through over 30 boxes of ammo with this gun. I tore up two sets of rings and a scope before getting every thing right. My comfort zone was easily out to 350, and I knew the ballistic tables from 0 to 600. The drop for my shot on the moose was 46 inches and both shots were true. Dead moose on the first shot, and the second was for insurance.

Kodiak Island in 2007 shooting 260gr Nosler Accubond at 2900fps. One nice blacktail, and was confident in the weapon when a brown bear stood on his hind legs to get a better look at me. Not to say the hair didn't stand up on the back of my neck. Thankfully, he decided to find a better morsel.

The Rem. Ultra Mag is one of the heavier commercial guns out there in that caliber. If you want to pay thousands of dollars, you can get a heavier safari-grade gun. Mine is 9.5lbs. unloaded and the felt recoil is more of a push than a kick, but it is substantial. I've shot the H&H and it has a fine reputation and is a great gun. I love my RUM, and it is equivalent to a heavier caliber gun when you look at down range energy.

You mentioned ballistics, and the best website I have used is JBM ballistics. You can look at trajectories, etc. for a wide range of conditions.

Finally, the .338 Win Mag. is awesome and cheaper to shoot than the RUM. It will take down everything Alaska has to offer. However, if you ever plan to hunt the Big Five in Africa, you'll need to buy another gun. Darn, I hate that (Sarcasm).

Good Luck and Good Hunting!
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Re: 375HH mag or 375 ultramag?

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... I killed my Moose with two shots at 501 yards according to the laser range finder. Both shots were through the shoulder only 5 inches apart and exited the ribs on the other side. Before anyone lambasts me for taking these shots, I practiced on the range for a year and burned through over 30 boxes of ammo with this gun. ...

Nobody is going to lambast you for taking those shots, at least not on this website.

Congrats on the great shooting and welcome to the site.

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Old 06-15-2009, 11:59 AM
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Re: 375HH mag or 375 ultramag?

The H&H is a classic for many reasons and one of them is that it will deliver a 270-300 grain bullet to it's target with mounds of energy out to 400 yards and they'll do it with surprising accuracy. I know because I've done it with a 375 Ruger African.

I've only had the gun for a year and it's killed everything from a large moose out to 400 yards to numerous big black bears at ranges up to 240 yards carrying 3000 ft/lbs of energy. I am very confident with my ability to shoot it, and it is every bit as accurate as anything else in the gun safe.

I have had success loading 260 grain Accubonds and I used them last year on my moose. I now use the Barnes TSX 270's and I have never seen a bullet that performs better.

The best thing to do is shoot one, see if you like it. If you like it, learn how to shoot it well and then you decide it's effective range. I'm telling you 300 yards is a chip shot for these bad boys. It doesn't matter whether it's the H&H, Ruger, or the Ultra Mag.

I use a traditional sighting method with my 375 in that I go to the field with my scope dialed in with a good point blank range and I hold over for anything past that range. My point blank range with the gun sighted in 3" high at 100 yards has an effective point blank range out to 325 yards in my gun with my loads.

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