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Old 02-21-2013, 09:35 PM
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375 jdj

I just recently picked up a 375 JDJ barrel for my Encore pistol. With Dies and brass on the way, I'm eager to get things started.

Are there any other 375 JDJ shooters out there and if so, what loads or type bullets did you have good success with? I'm leaning toward a 225 Hornady sp or a 235 speer (Higher BC than 200-220 FP bullets).

Tom
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:53 PM
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Re: 375 jdj

Hi Tom, Congrats on your 375 JDJ. I think you will find this cartridge capable of handling a multitude of hunting tasks. I've been shooting a 375 JDJ since the early 70's. For deer-sized game, Hornady's 220 gr. flat point or their 225 gr. sp work well. For larger game like elk or moose, Hornady's 270 gr. sp has been effective. Should you have the desire/opporunity for dangerous game, the 375 JDJ has a proven track record. Recently I have hunted with Cor-Bon factory ammo and it shoots well and works.

Good luck with your 375 JDJ.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:09 PM
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Re: 375 jdj

Mark I appreciate your reply. I will mostly be hunting whitetail and black bear here in Va. I read on another site that the 225 hornady sp were designed for the 375 Steyr but that could be someones persuasion to use the FP bullets.

Were you pleased with the performance out of both the FP and SP bullets? I doubt I'll load 270 gr bullets in it, possibly a 235 speer or 250 sierra if I decide I need more penetration.

What velocities are you producing with your loads?

Tom
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:55 AM
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Re: 375 jdj

Tom,
The advice from Hampton is top notch. Hornaday 220 and 270 grain bullets are what made the JDJ the Gold Standard in hunting TCs. BC? Why get worked up about that. Only a couple of inches difference in trajectory at JDJ ranges. Load data from SSK has been spot-on for my 375. Hornaday 220g @ 2200 absolutely hammers deer and Black Bear. 270 spire points are for things that you want REALLY DEAD. Keep an eye on pressure, load for accuracy. 220g loads will expand well and stay together in the classic mushroom shape.
Enjoy!
Dan
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:02 AM
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Re: 375 jdj

Eastcoastshooter375,

Like Dan mentioned, you will be fine with the 220 gr. FP or 225 gr. SP for whitetail and black bear. I do not recall the fps I was getting but I did use JD's recommended load data. The Hornady bullets have shot well in my 375 JDJ (Encore) I personally would not use the 270 gr. bullet for whitetail. It's a great bullet for really large game but unnecessary for whitetail. I think you will be pleasantly surprised how well those lighter bullets perform on deer-sized game.

Enjoy your 375 JDJ.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:09 PM
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Re: 375 jdj

You will love the 375 jdj. I have had one now for about 10 years. It's a hammer on hogs and deer. I use the 220 hornady soft point over some h4895 powder. I have shot one inch groups at 100 yards and 1-1/2" group at 200 yards. I would not recommend the accubond bullets by nosler. I tried some and they didn't mushroom in wet paper. The white tip kinda opened the front up but that was all. Good luck.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:59 PM
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Re: 375 jdj

Thanks again guys for the input! Dad has a box of 220gr FP bullets that he had for 375 winchester. Sold gun and held onto the bullets. I'll put them to use.

100 brass count should be enough. As long as I don't mess up during sizing. Should be simple. A lot less complicated than forming 357 Herrett and 30 Herrett for my Contender.

The Noslers are too expensive to shoot from pistol, they shoot too good through my 375 ruger and 375 RUM to be blowing them out of a pistol for fun. I'll probably get a couple boxes of the 225 SP bullets and have fun shooting it.

There are only a few pics on the "net" showing bullet performance. Any of you guys have some performance pics?
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