Help me choose a .375 H&H

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  1. mdslammer

    mdslammer Well-Known Member

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    OK, so my last post about the .375 H&H vs. the .458 Lott was answered by a few
    of you guys with some very good insight/info. I appreciate that.

    So I'm looking at a couple of models for the .375 H&H and wanted to get your
    opinion as to the pros/cons for each (if any)..

    1. CZ Model 550 American Safari Rifle 04711, 375 H&H Mag, Bolt Action, 25 in, Kevlar Comp stock Stock, Blue Finish, 5 + 1 Rd / $1,554.00

    CZ Model 550 American Safari Rifle 04711 375 H&H Mag Bolt Action For Sale

    2. Winchester Model 70 Alaskan Rifle 535134138, 375 H&H Mag, 25 in, Bolt Action, Monte Carlo Walnut Stock, Satin Finish, 3 + 1 Rds, Shotshow/ $1,096.00

    Winchester Model 70 Alaskan Rifle 535134138 375 H&H Mag For Sale

    Or if you have any other brand suggestions in the same price range.

    Thanks.

    MDslammer
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Why not go with a Dakota Arms if you're gonna drop the coin on a safari-grade rifle caliber, why not buy it wrapped in a safari-grade rifle...

    Do it right, do it once.

    :D
     

  3. mdslammer

    mdslammer Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful Rifle the Dakota Arms .375 H&H. Unfortunately, I don't have deep pockets for it. Therefore, I'm looking at something a bit more affordable. Thanks for the
    reply.
     
  4. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I figured i'd surprise you....My local outdoors store about 5 mins from my house stocks a few Dakotas. It's kinda cool to go in there and handle the $12,000-20,000 rifles....Unscoped. They are certainly beautiful, but I'll never be able to afford one. And honestly, I don't think I'd ever buy one even if I could afford one. I'd be afraid to take it out of the safe...It would certainly never see the woods for fear of damage.

    You should look into building a .375 H&H off a Remington 700 magnum action. It'll handle it. Cheaper, millions of aftermarket parts readily available, every smith knows how to work one, and once trued and worked, they're one of the most reliable and smoothest actions there is.
     
  5. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    I have a sako AV 375 h&h I'm going to sell because I'm building a custom. Its stainless/synthetic if you are interested
     
  6. mdslammer

    mdslammer Well-Known Member

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    Must be nice to just be able to waltz in and drool over all the "Gucci" guns in your local store.

    I'm having a custom .338 Lapua Magnum built for me now by SAC/Mark Gordon in Ohio. Between the custom build and glass, it's breaking my bank. So I'm kind of stuck with getting a .375 H&H that isn't going to kill my wallet.

    My buddy just purchased the #2. Rifle listed above. He brought it out to the range this past Tuesday. It's really a very nice rifle. I shot a couple of rounds through it. Recoil was equal to or less than my .45/70. Very manageable for me.
     
  7. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, the bigger diameter bullets seem to have a heavier pushing recoil and not so much a snappy recoil like the .270 Win and .257 Wby's.
     
  8. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    I've had good luck with the Sako's in .375.
     
  9. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    I've got a rem lightweight in 375h@h that's been a very good shooter-- she's actually a sub moa rifle at 8#'s scoped if I do my part. I EXPECT moa from her. Don't count out the m700 here; itr'll do just fine and it'll be a heck of a lot more accurate than the win m70 safarigrade I had.
     
  10. Methow Packer

    Methow Packer Well-Known Member

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    take a look at Kimber. match grade action and barrel. Adjustable trigger. Properly bedded , Claw type extraction, 3 position safety, cross pined , nicely finished with hand checkering and in your price range.

    Ted
     
  11. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    I'm doing a build not buying a factory rifle... Kimber uses an ugly action anyway
     
  12. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

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    I recently helped a customer sight-in a CZ 550 American Safari in 375 H&H. Nice looking rifle. It had a barrel vibration issue though. After boresighting it two different ways (using a boresighter and looking through the barrel) the rounds consistently hit about 18 MOA low. Once sighted in, the rifle shot decent groups of about 1.5" at 100 yds.

    I have had good experience with other CZ rifles.
     
  13. benchracer

    benchracer Well-Known Member

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    My .375 H&H is the CZ 550 Safari Magnum. It is easily a sub-MOA rifle. I love the set trigger. It has all of the traditional safari type features.

    Unlike the other .375's you will find, the CZ is a true magnum length action based on the legendary BRNO 602 and has an internal magazine that will hold 5 rounds. The full length action provides some sizeable performance advantages for handloaders. The CZ is about a pound heavier than the other rifles in its class (which I view as a plus with the larger calibers), but is very well balanced.

    I own a Winchester Model 70 sporter in a lighter caliber. It, too, is a fine rifle of very good build quality and a pleasure to carry and shoot. I don't think you could go wrong with one of these in .375 H&H.

    I do feel that the CZ offers some decisive advantages, however, those perceived advantages are very dependent on personal taste. I like the CZ for the following reasons:

    1. True magnum length mauser type action.
    2. Set trigger.
    3. Express sights.
    4. Matches my idea of the ideal weight and balance for a heavy caliber rifle.
    5. 5 round capacity.
    6. Keyed scope dovetail to prevent scope mount movement.
    7. Cross-pinned recoil lug.

    Go with what you like best and what fits you best. I don't think you will be disappointed with either rifle.
     
  14. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    Either rifle you have listed will get the job done nicely. Depending on what your taste are, the vintage nature of the 375 H&H pairs up well with a more classic appearing rifle. I'm kind of partial to the classic version of the CZ, probably showing my age and infatuation with the vintage H&H rifles. I have a 30 year old 375 H&H Interarms Whitworth Express that has a classic walnut stock, Mauser action, express sights, detachable scope, etc. It's been to Africa a few times, still holds .5 MOA groups and it's zero, and taken numerous animals out to several hundred yards. It has functioned flawlessly in close encounters with some mean creatures at spitting distance. I have seen these listed on Guns America, one recently that was new in box, for prices in the $600-1500 range. Just another option.