Originally Posted by NZ Longranger
What new projectiles, or are we still talking only the monolithics we're already using? Is there any new conventional 375 bullet on the near horizon? I know Berger will do one one day...but what else is coming? A 400gn SMK would be nice, or a 350 to 400gn A-Max!
I do not think the 375 cal needs 400 grains of bullet weight with the modern designs we have today. I would love to see Hornady go away from the plastic tip and step up to the aluminum tip like they do in the 50 cal A-Max. A 375 to 380 gr with a large tip, aggressive ogive and good boattail design would easily get into the .9 BC range I would think.
As far as berger, they have some 375 in the works, when they will be ready, your guess is as good as mine but they will be here someday.
Sierra really needs to get off their rears and start designing some new bullet designs. Not sure what it will take to get them off their butts and put a tip on an aggressively ogived bullet to get their BC up where they should be. Far to long they have been sitting around thinking that they have a huge share of the market and have no need to get back into the larger caliber long range bullets. I mean how long has the 300 gr SMK been with us unchanged. Its a great bullet, it could be much better. How long have we had the 240 gr SMK, its a dog ballistically.
Now I know what some of these companies will tell you because they have been telling me this excuse for many years, WE HAVE TO BUILD A BULLET THAT WILL STABILIZE WITH A STANDARD TWIST.......
A 1-10 twist bullet will EASILY stabilize any tipped 375 gr lead core/cup jacketed bullet.
I am not a fan of solids. Yes they are impressive ballistically but they have to be so perfectly matched to bore diameter that its a major chore to get the right combo in a functioning rifle. Yes it happens but I want a bullet that is consistant over a wider range of bore diameters which is what cup jacketed/lead core bullets give us.
Plus, they are better game bullets hands down.
Just my 2 penny's!!