375 H&H and here's why

by Joe Jones
(Fairbanks ak)

Winchester .375 H&H compared to a Winchester .3006

Winchester .375 H&H compared to a Winchester .3006

I hunt moose in Alaska and I take my 1967 Winchester model 70 375 H&H magnum shooting 300 grain nosler partitions.

It's blued with a wood stock, no fancy stainless synthetic or laminate.

I have a 2-8×32 vortex scope on it and it works for me.

Here's why.
I own 5 guns, 375 H&H, 243 Winchester, Browning 22 long rifle, 28 guage Beretta, and a 12 gauge Remington. These guns do it all from coyotes, and deer, to dangerous game, and quail to geese. Throw in squirrel and rabbit as well.

The 375H&H is my choice for moose in grizzly country. It's adequate to overkill on moose but just the right medicine if you surprise Mr or Ms grizz.

Can a smaller caliber get the job done? Absolutely. But it's what I have, I shoot it well, and it's got enough power to save me if I was to run into that 1 in 100 grizzly that thinks I look edible.

I'm no sniper wannabe, I keep my shots to 300yds or less and the 375 H&H keeps moose meat in the freezer.

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700 remington
by: Dan Buss

yup 338 225 speer pointed soft point boat tail dead on i reach out 600 yards not to much problem . it will do a grizzly hands down. but 375 h&h ya their nice as well good insurance for grizzly. ive never had a moose walk away from me after being hit with the 338 there on the ground NOW.!!

375 H&H New Favorite
by: Skookum65

I recently purchased my 375 H&H in a Weatherby Vanguard and I love it. I had a 338 Win Mag years ago in a Ruger M77. Great rifle and cartridge so I'm not knocking it however it slapped the dog out of me. My new 375 shoots great with a shove I like. Very accurate as well. With the 270gr loads I plan on black bear hunting with it this year with open sights. I have a Leupold 3X9 I will put on later. Dreaming of a moose hunt in my future. My new favorite rifle and caliber.

Do your home work on the 375HH
by: Tim J

This is about the 375 HH, not the Ruger, Weatherby or Ultra Mag.

My experience in Alaska started with the 338 Win Mag in the early 70s which is a fine rifle but with the short neck just kicks like hell at the range. I had 2, a Sako and Ruger. The Sako was one of the nicest rifles I've ever owned.

My real story starts at the shooting range when a close friend let me shoot his 375 HH which was the beginning of the end for the 338. The next day I was at our local gun store trading in my Sako for a Remington model 700 Custom Gun Shop 375HH.

Since I'm a reloader I started doing my home work and found that the 375HH shoots as flat with a 270 gr bullet as a 338 225 bullet with less kick, just some reasonable push. Years later after numerous 1 shot kills out to 300yds I'm still shooting my best load with Barnes 270 gr bullets. 76.5 grains of R 15 powder, zero in at 3" high at 100 yds and your dead on at 300.

I'll 2nd the 375
by: Pete

I'm taking a 375 Ruger Guide Gun on this years moose hunt in Newfoundland. My hunting rifles are .22 rimfire, 308 Win, 45-70 and 375 Ruger. Both the 45-70 and 308 would both work fine, but the extra penetration and range of the 375 are worth carrying the extra pound it weighs. Shots inside 300 yds for me as well.

remington 700
by: Anonymous

Yup insurance is the best bet! I'm a 338 guy, 225 grain Speer boat tail it slams them. But a 375 H&H, I like it. A 700 Remington does it for me... kill's anything you see!

Well Said
by: Mark - The Mooseman

Joe, thank you for sharing your opinion. You made valid points.

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