HarperC - I haven't done enough cast bullet shooting to have a load I'm comfortable sharing yet. Maybe later this summer?
jmad81 - my bear didn't stop a 260 Accubond - but a 300 - 350 pound bear is a lot smaller than a bull elk, and I didn't hit any major bones anyway. Not that I have a lot of experience with the .375 bore size & bullets, but so far I'm pretty convinced that the 260 Accubond is a great bullet for it.
I'd likely jump up to 300 gr partitions and solids if I was going to hunt dangerous game in Africa, or the 300 partitions for Really Big Bears with bad attitudes. I've got quite a few 300 partitions I got for a swinging deal, so I'd better find something to do with them someday! Meanwhile the 260 Accubond shoots great and works well.
You're not disappointed about not getting pass-throughs with those shots are you? Curious.
I was a bit at first, but after looking at everything they went through (three feet of elk) I'm impressed. The way that both elk reacted after being hit by the 260 AB was like nothing I have ever seen. The one at 240 yards staggered sideways a bit and dropped his head like he was very, very sick. If he would have been in a better spot I would not have shot him again. He was dead from the first shot, but I didn't want to chance having to pack him out any farther.
Thanks anyway, I haven't shot cast bullets for a bit, and I'm thinking maybe this summer also. My .375 mold is a 325 grain NEI. I haven't used it in my H&H, but it's a good bullet. I shot a 10 shot 100 yard 1" group with a .375 Winchester Ruger #3. Unfortunately one of those I let go to fund a divorce.
I haven't shot my H&H since I had my neck welded back together, and keep thinking cast would be the way to go. The old Barnes 270 grain original was my favorite general use bullet, the young folks that borrow the old rifle swear by the 260 Accubond.
I see you're here in Washington-if you hunt any of our jungles those 300 partitions will serve you well. If big buffalo or bear ever presents an up close opportunity I'll step up to the 350's. Never had one chambered for a challenging game shot, but inanimate objects rock visibly harder than with smaller stuff.
Your bears came out nice-did you ever figure out an Antelope hunt?
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I know your post is two years old but I'm hoping you can share any problems/solutions regarding crimping those .375 Ruger loads. I hate to leave a cannelure uncrimped, but I've had mixed results. Any insights appreciated.
I am very late on this thread but here goes. I have the 375 Ruger Alaskan. I am using 300 gr North Fork soft points. 80.7 gr of RL17 gets me 2600 fps and consistent 1/2 to 3/4 inch groups out of the 20" barrell. These bullets are excellent. One shot for a Cape Buffalo last year and I am off to the Alaskan Peninsula in 10 days looking for a big Brownie.
Update on the Alaskan Brown Bear. The 375 Ruger and 300 gr North Forks did it again. Absolutely hammered a 9'6" bear with a 28" skull (may make B&C) at 196 yards. This gun is rapidly becoming one of my favorites of all time.