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Old 10-17-2008, 05:07 PM
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I'm curious who all has actually shot deer size game with a .375 . My Lyman manual has reduced loads for the .375 Ruger on deer.
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:12 PM
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I shot one with a 338 win mag, 225 grain remington coreloc, the deer was at about 90 yards. I hit it through the front shoulders. It made a mess. Disintegrated the opposite shoulder on the way out.
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:20 PM
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I've shot two deer with a 375 H&H mag. 270 grain bullets, one at 125 yards one at 85 yards. It doesn't tear meat up near as bad as a 270 with 130 grain bullets or the 06 with 150 grain bullets nor does my 8mm Rem mag with 220 grain bullets. One of these were shot thru the front shoulders the other thru the lungs. Don't know about the reduced loads, but do know the 44 mag rifle shooting 240 grainers at around 1700 fps killed really well out to a hundred yards and a shot thru the front shoulders put them down really quick and you could darn near eat up to the bullet hole.

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Old 10-17-2008, 05:32 PM
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The 375 Winchester is a 375, and it does a right fine job, I assure you.
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My 375 Winchester lever action is one of my favorite deer rifles- works every time.
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Old 10-18-2008, 05:25 AM
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Ive shot deer with 375 HH with a Sierra GK 300 grains, worked fine.
Also shot beaver with a Hornady 225 gr SP, head shot at about 80 yards. This is my alltime favourite caliber. My gun is a Sako 75 SS topped with either a Zeiss Victory 3-12x56 ill 44 reticle or a Leupold Vari-x IIc 3-9x40 with a german number one.
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Old 10-18-2008, 02:33 PM
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I've actually considered swapping my M&P15 for a .375 Ruger Alaskan.
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:06 AM
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Just a reminder that the Speer 235 semi-pointed was designed for exactly that use: somewhat downloaded 375 H&H on deer. Great bullet.
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When I had a custom .375 H&H built I worked up a cast bullet load for hunting. I made up hollow points with a Lyman gas check bullet.

With a reduced load I hit a small deer in the ribs at about 60 yds and it fell dead quickly.

You might play with something like that this winter.

Meanwhile the 235 Speer should work.
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Tang,
I have shot several dozen deer (Sambar) here in Australia with my 375 Weatherby Mag, all with full power loads and the Nosler 260gr Accubond @ 3000fps.
It drops 'em with authority! Sambar run close to 600 lbs and aren't the easiest of animals to put down. Any shot in the shoulder normally drops 'em on the spot, at least at first, but quite often they get up and run a short distance, say 20 yds or thereabouts before dropping for good.
As with any cartridge a high shoulder shot generally hits the spine and it's game over.

On a side note, I cannot see much difference in killing power between my 338 Win Mag and the 375 Weatherby for deer, an exception is on Water Buffalo, where the 375 dominates with any bullet weight.

I don't believe in using reduced loads in any cartridge for deer or any other animal for that matter, the reason being is that you have that cartridge for a particular purpose and when you need to use it for that purpose it is best to have 'practiced' with full power loads so that you're familiar with that power level when it comes to 'crunch time'.

I use full power loads in my 416 Rigby even when I'm only shooting goats and the like, so as I'm used to that power level when I venture north for our Territory water buffalo.

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One of the best calibers in the 375 category for hunting is the 375 JDJ, this one is a 444 Marlin case necked down to 375 and what I use for deer is the 220 gr. Hornady FP at 2200 fps out of my hunting pistol and around 2600 out of my T/C G2 Contender rifle. You can use the 270 and 300 gr. bullets for large and dangerous game if needed.
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have shot deer, elk, and pronghorn with my .375 H&H. I have not had any problems with excessive meat destruction with proper shot placement. I have used everything from full power loads to loads that emulate the 38/55 Winchester. At all levels I have been very pleased with how this cartridges performs. With game which you might be worried about meat destruction use a bullet designed for beep penetration on dangerous game. Such bullets will hold togather and punch all of the way through. You do have to be careful not to hit a shoulder blade with a full house load as that will ruin that area of the shoulder. Loaded with a 255 grain bullet cast or jacketed at 38/55 Winchester velocities you can just about eat the hole.
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I feel for here in Alaska the full power load in the 270 grain loads are perfect for black tail deer, as you often have a bear or two around, why try to mess with different loads. Makes no sense to me using two loads.
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:06 AM
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I will eventually pick up that .375 I lust for. Probably in the Ruger variety.
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The 375 Winchester is a 375, and it does a right fine job, I assure you.
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When you start using your .375 you will learn just how good this diameter is. If you know you are going into the woods to hunt whitetail deer load it as a 38/55 Winchester it 255 grain bullet with a muzzle velocity of 1900 to 2000 FPS perfect for such hunting. The .375 H&H is a very easy cartridge to hand load it is not especially picky about what powder you use, as long as it is one of the types suited to the case capacity. With bullets like most rifles you will find some will shoot more accurately then others but the difference between bullets is only noticeable on the rifle range. My advice is the get the 375 H&H, the .375 Ruger is great cartridge but I understand the powder it uses to obtain it's performance is not one you can purchase for hand loading. This means it might be hard to match factory loads. I have been hand loading my .375 H&H for over 30 years, I have experimented with all kinds of loads, I have even tried black powder. The performance this cartridge has with cast bullets is just great. While gas check cast bullets are good I have found the old practice of paper patching cast bullets is the most accurate in my rifle. Because the .375 H&H is such a fun cartridge to hand load I personally think the best rifle to get it in is a No.1 Ruger the reason I say this is because you don't have a magazine so you don't have to worry about loading cartridges that will feed from a magazine. Because of this you can load the bullets farther out in the case and gain enough powder capacity to get .375 Weatherby power levels ( note I said .375, not .378 ). This just increases it's versatility..

The .375 Winchester is a great cartridge but it is also one of the biggest mistakes Winchester ever made. They did not want to load a hot 38/55 because of all of the old Winchester rifles this cartridge was chambered in. So they came out with a modern version with a shorter case to make it work better with modern smokeless powders. unlike the 450 Marlin which has a belted case which prevents it from working in a rifle chambered in the 45/70 chamber the .375 Winchester will chamber and fire in old rifles chambered in the 38/55, 38/70. 38/90 Winchester. In newer rifles chambered in the 38/55 you just might get away with such a mistake, but unfortunately many fine old Winchesters built for black powder where ruined by idiots shooting the .375 Winchester in them.

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Old 10-30-2008, 01:41 AM
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Thank you for a very informitive reply. I think the Ruger #1's are sexy. What about a .375 in an Encore ?
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I use to hunt Sitka Blacktailed Deer on Kodiak. Since we had to contend with Brown Bear I always used my 375H&H. I have shot deer with 270gr, 300gr and even the 350gr Barns. They all worked fine with very little meat destruction. Little hole in, little hole out. Not enough mass to really expand the 375 bullet even if you hit bone.

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Old 10-30-2008, 11:57 AM
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You guys are really pushing me towards wanting a .375 more than I already do. How about a .375 RUM
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Hey everybody! I shot a small doe (whitetail) six years ago with a 376 Steyr (20") at about 40 yds. Hit it about 2" below center of front shoulder, BANG FLOP-- dead deer. I used a Speer 270 BT spitzer at bearly over 2500 FPS. About a 2 inch exit hole on off shoulder. not much blood shoot meat. seen moore from 308 or 30-06. Take care everybody. Greg Bayes------ By the way, i live in south central Kentucky, about 8 or 10 miles from Mammoth Cave Nat. Park. Have a good hunting season!!! Greg B.
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