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Old 06-11-2013, 08:34 PM
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Rebuilding my 375 RUM

I have decided its time to start a new project. Going to rebarrel my 375 rum to a 375h&h. I currently have a 26" stainless tube. I ordered a #5 benchmark 5r 10twist finish at 25". Iay take it down to 24" I'm not 100% decided on that.going to put a harrells brake on it and the rest will be the same as it is now other than a new .25 recoil lug.
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:42 AM
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Re: building a 375 h&h

Cool project! I love my 375 H&H. I am really curious, though, as to why you decided to back it down from a RUM to an H&H. Seems like most folks would say the RUM is a better cartridge. I don't personally have any experience with the bigger 375's. I would be interested in your thoughts on this...
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:12 AM
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Re: building a 375 h&h

I love my 375 h@h too, and I too am a bit perplexed as to why you are taking out a 375 rum for an h@h. I'd think of downloading a bit first.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:40 AM
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Re: building a 375 h&h

Admittedly I am a novice at the technical aspects of either cartridge. I can say this though, most people in Zambia have .375 H&H as their heavy callibre rifle. This could be as a result of it being marketed more......What is the major difference between the two?
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:57 AM
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Re: building a 375 h&h

I'm a big fan of the 300H&H, owning a Whitworth Express rifle for over 30 years. Shot a bunch of game from Impala to Cape Buffalo on a few trips to the Dark Continent.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:44 AM
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Re: building a 375 h&h

The reason I'm doing an h&h are I love that cartridge. Its been one of my favorites since I was a little kid reading about them. Also I wanted a shorter rifle and the h&h at 24-25" is pretty impressive. A lot of people may not know this but the h&h is very under loaded in the reload manuals.... the h&h is a 100 year old cartridge and there are a lot of old rifles out there in that chambering so they typically only load them to 50k-55kpsi for safeties sake. And all newer cartridges go to 60k-65k psi. If you load an h&h up its no slouch. I have seen 2800+ out of a 24" h&h with 270 grain bullets. Now the ultra is obviously faster especially with a 26" tube. But I wanted something shorter... why not an ultra with a 24"? Because an ultra really shines with a 26+. I have owned 2 ultras one in a 24" one in a 26" the 26 in my opinion is the way to go because at 24 it doesn't have enough burn time and hasn't really passed the h&h by much yet. Also this is my serious elk rifle. Probably my 500 yard rifle shooting 270 tsx. The h&h will do exactly what I want for its intended use. I love the ultra and I'm going to build another but my plan for the ultra will be a heavy barrel and a 28"+ tube throated to shoot 350 grain cutting edge bullets. Or something along those lines. I might do another one in a hunting rifle I'm not sure but that's where I'm at right now.... can't have too many 375's
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:12 AM
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Re: building a 375 h&h

After reading your last post, I think you've got it right. The RUM needs more than 24" to shine (IMHO). A 28" tube throated for 350CEB's should be REALLY fun to play with, one can't help but wonder about the performance potential .

I too have read many African adventure stories beholding the .375 H&H (I still own most of Capstick's books). I had a wild hair many moons ago of building a 500NE on a Ruger #1 frame.... the 458Lott beat me to death so the 500 idea died


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