375 h&h or 300WM ??

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by nathank, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. nathank

    nathank Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    I have the choice between the 2, which would you choose. Mhich is better ballistically etc .
  2. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    what are you going to do with it?

    375 will stop a truck at close range. Not much for long range(over 300yds.).

    300 win is an excellent choice for everything in north america. Africa it is a little light. Ballistically I think the 300 is superior. I believe more in shot placement and bullet performance than bring a bigger gun.

    I do have both

    Last edited: Dec 26, 2008

  3. rtv900

    rtv900 Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2007
    That's comparing two rounds that are usually used for two very different purposes.

    I own a few .375 H&H and I love them. I am really fond of that round. There is history behind that round.

    The 300 win mag can be used for many many different purposes and is effective over a wide range of distances. The .375 H&H is usually for large animals that you want on the ground quickly.
  4. travelr47

    travelr47 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    I've owned both before I sold off my 300 WM. Frankly, I've found many different standard
    cartridges do very well out to 300 yds or so, and had a 270 Win, M70 rebarreled to 280 Rem
    for the animals I hunted with the 300 WM. There are other standard cartridges that one can substitute for any of the 7mm or 300 mags and not lack anything worth discussing when hunting.

    As for the 375 H&H, shooting the 270-gr bullet, it has a very similar trajectory as the 180-gr
    out of the 30-06. The 375 H&H works well on all bears, elk, and moose with heavy loads, and very well with nominal meat waste on smaller game animals when loaded with lighter bullets than either a 7mm or 300 mag.

    Sometimes discussing ballistics, bullets, & cartridges overlooks some "other" equally important
    considerations when purchasing a new rifle or cartridge. Such as are you sensitive to recoil?
    What is the typical distance you shoot and collect most of what you're hunting? Are you hunting
    in an area that grizzlies have recently (last 10-20 yrs) moved into? It's not that a 7mm or 300
    mag "can't" dispatch a grizzly, just that the 375 H&H, loaded with a premium bullet will do it
    with more authority.

    If you're interested in hunting at longer distances, those cartridges tend to have a bit more
    powder capacity than either the 7mm RM or the 300 WM; and, shoot 180/190-gr & 210 gr bullets,
    respectively, and still have sufficient velocity to humanely kill the animal at extreme distances for hunting.

  5. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    If I had to dispatch a uptight Grizz at 25 yards, I would much rather have the 375. If I had to shoot him at 350 yards I would rather use the 300.

    These 2 calibers are night and day difference.

    Ask first what you intend to use your new rifle for, then decide.