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375 ruger

I've been looking at them and I've been curious as to how they perform. I know it's a pretty big gun but I would like to hear from people how well one shot and if they have ever used one on game.
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Re: 375 ruger

Do yourself a huge favor and get a 375 H&H instead...
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Re: 375 ruger

Elaborate...
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Re: 375 ruger

Well, you gotta have a need for that kind of power, planning a brown bear hunt, a trip to the dark continent??? The cost of bullets, powder and cases for the 375 ruger assure that's it's not for plinking. I wonder what will even be available in the future to load it...I'd stick with the H&H also, when it becomes in short supply the .375 ruger will be a distant memory for most.
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Re: 375 ruger

The .375HH is a great whitetail round believe it or not. No meat damage, just a 3/8" hole in both sides and they fall over.

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Re: 375 ruger

I have the ruger, I like the ruger alaskan rifle platform and from everything I read the 375 ruger isn't going away anytime soon. Mine is quite accurate. My only use for it would be on black bear unless I become 10-15 years younger and hit the lottery then it will go to alaska. I have not shot any game with it as I have it less than a year. I'm just a rifle fan, what's need got to do with it???. Life is too short for practicality where guns are concerned. Recoil? The ruger is a heavy gun, a lot depends on the weight and stock, recoil pad, etc. It is not a gun you want to shoot a bunch of rounds from the bench, nor is any other big bore. I shoot my other guns enough that when I get behind the 375 I can put 5 rounds where I want them, end of story. My take is if you can shoot a 12 gauge you can shoot a 375. The h&h I shot a few years back kicked more, but it was a lighter gun. I say go for the ruger!
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Re: 375 ruger

Thanks for the replies guys. You've been helpful, I think I'm gonna stick with my gut and save up for the ruger instead of the h&h. You can get a much more affordable gun in the ruger and I would be hand loading. So ammunition wouldn't be a headache for me.
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Re: 375 ruger

If you are going to hanload, you MAY want to reconsider.

Any H&H is a simple re-ream away from a .375 Weatherby.........which puts you you in a WHOLE other realm. The neat thing is that you can shoot H&H ammo out of it at a slightly reduced velocity and when you work the bolt......... you have a Weatherby empty !!!

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P.S. I can hook you up with my smith who just happens to have a Weatherby reamer just waiting to go !!

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Re: 375 ruger

Have one. Like it a lot. It's the Ruger Alaskan platform. Have killed hogs(Georgia) Cape Buffalo, Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Warthog, Duiker and Gemsbok (not in Georgia) Don't handload, but shot the Hornady 270gr. or the Hornady 300 gr. DGX for all above. Rifle shoots well, carries easy and performs well. Buffalo shot at 20 yards, went 20 yards and died. Insurance shot applied. Did not have excessive tissue damage on 40 lb. Duiker, but I didn't need the insurance shot on that one.
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