.375 Ruger... What if???

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  1. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    What would you get if you improved the shoulder angel from 30degrees to 40 degrees, take out any taper and neck it down to 338? Has anybody done it yet? I read an article that said the .375 Ruger has 8% more capacity than the original .375 H&H. Sounds like it could be a real bruiser and keep up with the Lapua or bigger. Just throughing ideas around. That is all I can do right now. Let me know what you guys think!!!!:rolleyes: Brain storming session in progress.... SHHHHHH!

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  2. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a good idea Tank, but I don't see much if any room in the taper to take out. It's already a very straight walled case. Sharpening the shoulder might get 2-3 gr?

    http://stevespages.com/jpg/cd375ruger.jpg
     
  3. 4bycamper

    4bycamper Well-Known Member

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    Hey Tank

    Is the 375 Ruger a larger case than the WSM brass?
    I was just thinking that WSM brass is a lot easier to come by.
    If I remember right the WSM holds 84 gr. of water.
    I'm OK with reinventing the wheel...I just want a better wheel when were done,:D

    Also, how much taper must you leave in a case to make removal from chamber easy?? I understand reducing taper to gain capacity, But how much ???


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  4. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Your tag is forbidden!

    From my understanding, taper is generally almost or completely removed when doing an Improved shoulder and case. Some casings like the 22-250 and the 243 have considerable taper. These two cartridges among other benefit greatly from the taper being removed.

    What I have read, it is a 404 Jeffery casing left to full length and necked down to a 375. They use the same case for the WSM, and WSSM. So you can see the potential of this cartridge. I really think it would be a fun project. Wish I owned a machine shop.

    Does that help in your thought process? Here's some info on the 375 to get your juices flowing:

    .375 Ruger

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  5. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I noticed it wouldn't work after pasting it in. Try typing the link into your search or try this....

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  6. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    According to that website, the Lapua looks like a bigger case. Still think it would be a fun project.

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  7. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    If you check the link I posted for Tank, you'll see the Ackley taper for the .06 is .017 in about a 2" wall 2. The 375 Ruger is also exactley that. I personally wouldn't make it any straighter.
     
  8. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    The Lapua is a bigger case and better brass but I have looked at the 375 Ruger also, for a 7mm chambering. It's a very interesting case and will give you more than a 300 WM or WSM in a 30 cal. It might even get real close to a 300 RUM loaded with RL17. I bet you could get to within 50 fps of RUM velocities using RL17 with much less powder, shorter COAL that would fit the mag and a little less recoil. Sounds very interesting to me and something I might consider when it comes time to rebarrel my RUM.
     
  9. 4bycamper

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    Thanks for the link. I get it. This is the WSM on steroids. 338 you say?
    I like it. My long action Remmy is starting to look for a new barrel. :)
     
  10. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    With a tight shoulder, it could potentially be very efficient running slower powders (Retumbo, 7828, H1000, RL25, H870) than RL17 and still maintain a decent velocity pushing big bullets. That is what it is essentially doing now. Not sure what the case capacity is, but looks pretty healthy. Maybe another Edge type concept????

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  11. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    I just looked at the RUM. It is a little bigger also in length and .010" wider at the shoulder. I'm thinking ballistics would be comparable to the 338 Norma in a long action. That is my best guess at this point. Maybe some of the 338 builders can chime in. OOOOOOH KIRBY!!!! COME OUT WHERE EVER YOU ARE SHAWN!!!!:D

    In all seriousness, I'm getting the feeling it would also be equivalent to the Edge. Just throwing that out there.

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  12. Aldon

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    What would have to be done to the bolt of the Remington 7mm Mag to work with this case? I checked on Ammoguide and although they have same diameter the 7mm is belted. It says a rebarrel will not work. I assume from that that the bolt needs modified but it is not evident as to what specifically.

    I know this shows my inexperience but so be it.
     
  13. 4bycamper

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    :D Me too.
    OK, you got me curious. I pulled the bolt from my 7mm RM and got a 270 WSM case. ( .404 Jeffrey ) They fit together perfectly. Can I chamber it? NO, the brass is too big. Also too big for the feed rails. But I don't see why a shortened .404 Jeffrey case will not work in a well prepared Remmy action.
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  14. Aldon

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    There is a slight difference in the diameter of the base in those two cartridges.

    But the base diameters are the same with the 375 Ruger and the 7mm Mag so I can at least see some indication as to why in your example but am stumped on the example I posted.