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Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by kc, Sep 3, 2010.
Have you ever shot a 375H&H and what is your opinion of the recoil?
Depends on so many things, first thing shooters are diffrent, what one thinks is an unbearable recoil the next one dosnt mind.
the recoil depends alot on the rifle weight and how well a rifle fits the shooter.
Shot a CZ in 416rigby recently and the recoil was more of a hefty push than a big thump and the big Rigby is quite bigger than 375H&H..
On the other hand the only rifle ive given up on is a Tikka T3 lite in 300 win mag,
That little thing kicked like a branded mule....
A 375H&H that fits you well and is not some ultra light rifle wont kick that bad
My Dentest has one that belonged to his Father and he has no intentions of ever using it.
its been in Africa many times..I have a Browning A5 that kicks so bad I get floaters in my eyes.
I hate it! it was pulled out of the box fired and cleaned well and put up it is one made in Belgium
and has never been used from then on its about 30 years old my Dad bought it from a drunk
for $300.00 He bought it and never hunted. the stock has not one scratch its in A+ condition.
I have been told the 375H&H is one hellova Moose/Elk/ Bear killer. its a Remington the bluing is a bit washed stock is scratched its been hunted with and it has many seasons left and he has made me an offer to trade up.???????
The Remington 375H&H seems a tad light to me. The CZ 550 is a little too big so, I'd seriously look at the new FN/Winchester 357H&H rifles.
As Sauer said , it depends on the rifle weight and shape.
If you want a relatively light rifle in 375 anything have a muzzle installed on it
and have a barrel nut installed at the same time.
With this setup you can hunt Africa with eather brake or nut depending on the
PH (Some won't allow the use of a break).
You can practice with the break and if you have to switch to the barrel nut for
In the us I don't know anyone that will not allow you to use the break.
I have a higher tolerance to recoil than some and shoot my 416 Buff with out a
break bur after a 30 or 40 round range session some of the fun has gone out of it.
The 375 H&H is a great round for moose and brown bear . and if all that's keeping
you from shoot/using it is recoil then just get a break and have fun.
J E CUSTOM
Take J E Custom's advice, it is very good advice in my opinion.
I can shoot my .338 Win Mag and my 7mm RUM all afternoon and have a great time. I've shot several 375 H&H Magnums and they just flat give me a headache and make my eyes hurt. They are very popular here in Alaska but the first thing I'd do is have a good break put on it.
I have a .375 H&H that I built. Will have to weigh it as it is a little heavier than the average rifle. Built as an African Dangerous Game rifle. Shooting the 300 gn loads, the thing seems to give a good push instead of the sharp recoil of say a .300WM. 270 loads would probably be a little lighter. I have a .358 Win. in a mdl 88 that kicks harder.
Thanks to all of you for your advice, I WILL! take everything you have shared into consideration.
This Browning A5 I was left with after my Father passed on has been torture, I am being honest if you have ever shot one(12gauge) you would understand, I have no use of it, I don't dare
scratch it and I have never alowed it returned to the case without wiping it again with gun oil.
this is not a shot gun to hunt with in normal conditions.
I hate this shot gun! I cant hunt with it. It would fail as a pat gun it so un balanced its usles.
Go to Speedy's page and look at the video of the rifle he is shooting built for Pete Brownell. It is all in the brake my friend.
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I checked with a friend who is a gunsmith and was told it would help a little, the problem is with the design it uses a spring recoil not gas.
I have a 375 H&H that weighs 9 lbs scoped. Recoil with 270 gr factory equivalent handloads and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad seems no worse than a sporter weight 30-06. I have fired a T/C Encore that was about a pound and a half lighter and recoil was noticeably greater. Also shot an Encore in 416 Rigby without a scope on it and that was a different ball game all together. Ouch! Have no fear of a 375 that weighs 9 lbs+ with a good recoil pad. Staying fairly upright when shooting from the bench helps also.
I shot a pre-64 Win M70 .375, and it seemed like more of a push than the sharp recoil of my post-64 M70 .338. I guess it's all about stock fit, recoil velocity, and subjective perception of recoil. Frequent live and dry fire helps the brain to adapt to the recoil impulse.
Also, a muzzle brake is always a good idea.
I agree with the push vs. slap. For me, .300 and .338 have nastier recoil. I'm shooting a .375 Ruger Safari that is around 8 1/2 lbs., and although about 100fps in the .375 Ruger than the H&H, the recoil is not bad w/270 gr. load. It is definitely a very tolerable push. Good stock design, weight, balance and a soft recoil pad on the .375 does wonders for this great caliber. A muzzle brake helps as well, but it is very loud and intimidating to the shooter, as well as anybody nearby. Can't go wrong with the .375 H&H. Good general gun/load in my opinion.
On the TC Encore, the stock set-up adds to the recoil of the gun, so in the larger calibers felt recoil is much greater. That is why TC has gone to the new stock design for their Pro-Hunter model.
As one who has shot the Browning A-5 a few times, I think it has by far more recoil than the .375. The whole ergonomics of the gun, coupled with the barrel slamming back with that hard springing action to activate the mechanism is all wrong. No wonder it passed into history! Not a pleasant gun to shoot.
Hi shooters! This is a good subject as I have considered a .375H&H build for a while.Would a rem 700 action,custom 24-26"barrel,open&scope sights,kevlar-fiber stock(HS precision?)sound ok?What's a better choice,standard ejector or Sako style in .375? Any other thoughts?moose,elk, bear& who knows? thanks, Dskiper