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Ah, this morning was so nice at the NCW Gun Club! Cool, overcast, light breeze.

I took the 375 H&H Ruger Number One out to the range for a practice session. It's currently topped with the 1.5-5x Leupold. Today's ammo was the 270 grain RNSP Hornady over 69 grains of RL-15. The load is accurate & powerful. I've had this rifle for ten years now and have shot three bears with it. It's become one of my absolute favorite hunting rifles, and I wish I'd taken an elk or a mule deer with it as well, but that hasn't happened yet. Someday perhaps.

I'd only intended to shoot about 10 rounds today... But... Well... When I'm shooting one of my favorite rifles, it's hard to know when to quit. So... 35 rounds went downrange. :)

Shortest range I shot at was 20 yards, longest was only 100 yards. I did rest the rifle across my backpack for some shooting, but a most of it was from sitting or standing with no support. I surely do enjoy shooting this nice rifle. Reliable, accurate, great handling. Makes me grin so much. A few years ago I considered selling it, but am so glad that I didn't do that. This one is a keeper.







You can see where we had the fire department out to do a controlled burn on the range. Seemed prudent, given the summers/fire seasons we've had so often in recent years. They did a great job of burning the grass & weeds!

Am planning to carry this rifle for black bear again this year. Hoping for another success! :)

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You certainly have the right medicine. I have an older Ruger 77 in 375 H&H. I think I only shot it twice since I bought it many years ago. I was going to sell it but just never got around to doing so. Now all you need is a backup pistol in 500 or 454 Casull and you are set for dangerous game.
 

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You certainly have the right medicine. I have an older Ruger 77 in 375 H&H. I think I only shot it twice since I bought it many years ago. I was going to sell it but just never got around to doing so. Now all you need is a backup pistol in 500 or 454 Casull and you are set for dangerous game.
I do have a 500 S&W revolver! :)

Enjoy shooting it. Never have hunted with it, but it's an awful lot of fun as a range toy.

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375H&H was my favorite big bore. I used 270gr for bear & moose. I liked the rifle so well I started loading 235gr bullets and using it for deer where a scoped rifle was called for. I had several but a Sako FinnBear was my pick of the litter.
 

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That's why I liked the old Sako FinnBear, even off the bench wasn't as bad as feather weights in 30/06 and other common calibers.The worst one I had was a Herters 458 with stock design of a bolt action shotgun. Benched or offhand it was brutal. Lucky at the time I had it Dirty Harry mania was in full swing and I offed it quick.
 

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I sold all my magnum BA hunting rifles that I figured I wouldn't be using anymore. They were all top shelf rifles but the only one I regret selling was the Sako 375H&H. I want another one but nothing new. Only ones I would consider are Ruger#1, pre64 m70 Win, Brn Safari or older Sako. Unless I ran across a classic European rifle at a steal. I really have no good use for a 375H&H anymore I just want one.
 

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I love the 375! I use the 375Ruger in a M77 Ruger Guide Gun....still thinking of going to a 375H&H at some point, but ballistics wise they are the same....but if I came across a nice Ruger#1 or a gorgeous Safari gun (I've seen a few VERY Nice ones) I might just have to grab it! I use the Speer Hotcor 270gr over varget and the thing is a literal blast to shoot! Definitely wakes them up on the range!!
 

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I love the 375! I use the 375Ruger in a M77 Ruger Guide Gun....still thinking of going to a 375H&H at some point, but ballistics wise they are the same....but if I came across a nice Ruger#1 or a gorgeous Safari gun (I've seen a few VERY Nice ones) I might just have to grab it! I use the Speer Hotcor 270gr over varget and the thing is a literal blast to shoot! Definitely wakes them up on the range!!
Yup, me too Mazer.
Unfortunately ammo and bits and pieces therefore are becoming treasured unobtainables here.
I guess I'll have to switch back to .375H&H or 416Rigby.
I won't get much for my Ruger in the market here, because of the ammo issue.
It'll be a pity as I do like it, a lot!
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Right now I'm fooling with #3 in 375Win and spitzer bullets for 375H&H. I can't use 375H&H in Ohio for deer and am not fond of 45/70 as a deer gun. What I'm looking for now is a good original 1895 Win in 405Win. Got no experience with 405 other than shooting a few rounds in another guys rifle and a couple boxes of factory in Wins retro model a few years ago. That's the only big bore I'm interested in as far as a hunting rifle.
 

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Right now I'm fooling with #3 in 375Win and spitzer bullets for 375H&H. I can't use 375H&H in Ohio for deer and am not fond of 45/70 as a deer gun. What I'm looking for now is a good original 1895 Win in 405Win. Got no experience with 405 other than shooting a few rounds in another guys rifle and a couple boxes of factory in Wins retro model a few years ago. That's the only big bore I'm interested in as far as a hunting rifle.
Huh?
Why?
A .375H&H is enough gun for ... anything!
:hmmmm:
 

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Had a Winchester M70 in 375 H&H years ago. Used the 235 gr Speer for practice with a minimum powder charge. The 375 H&H will generally shoot most bullet weights 235 - 300 into the same group at 100 yards.

When I was overseas with the Army in 1970, I decided I wanted a #1 rifle. First tried to order a 458 Magnum from the Gun Club. They couldnt get it. So, I tried for a 375 H&H and got the same result. Since they had a standard 30-06 in stock for $115.00, I bought that.

Still would like a #1 in 375 H&H. Very versatile handloaders cartridge. Load it with 38-55 type up to really big game loads. What's not to like?
 

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Shot a fellow soldiers' 375 H&H Sako bolt rifle at the Fairbanks, AK Municipal Gun Range back in 1993. Took aim at a water jug 200 yards away though the Leupold scope and pulled the trigger. Couldn't see the remains of the plastic jug afterwards--it was like it vanished. On the ceasefire--we went out to the target site and found the jug smashed flat into the snow. The clear jug had blended in so well with the white background that none of us could see it with optics.
 

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Huh?
Why?
A .375H&H is enough gun for ... anything!

:hmmmm:[/QUOTE

I want the 405 because it's straight cased and can use in Ohio. 375H&H is more gun than 405 win. We can use 45/70 but it's rainbow trajectory leaves much to be desired.
 

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Sambane may not know that some of our states have a "straight case" rule for rifle cartridges & deer hunting. It's an interesting law for sure, but hey, at least you guys get to use rifles now, not just shotguns & muzzle loaders!

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Sambane may not know that some of our states have a "straight case" rule for rifle cartridges & deer hunting. It's an interesting law for sure, but hey, at least you guys get to use rifles now, not just shotguns & muzzle loaders!

Guy
Thanks Guy.

I do know about the shotgun laws in some states, but did not know there were any governing rules about straight walled rifle cases.
We, have a few crazy rules, but I cannot get behind the straight walled thinking .... can someone enlighten me somewhat?
I don't want to cause any thread drift, so pm me if you think it better.

So, this means that even a Ruger No1 cannot be used. The .375 H&H do not have its reputation over here from being an inadequate cartridge. On the contrary, it is a most exceptional performer as you all well know, in single shot, double rifle or a magazine rifle. Mostly the concern is the rifle and not the cartridge.

A Ruger No1 is truly a fantastic rifle and there are no concerns in my mind having a .375H&H in one. I good and experienced hands even the sought after following-up shot is not problematic. On thin skinned, non`dangerous game, big or small, a .375 H&H is an outstanding calibre.

So, for me , a unequivocally :top: to a .375 H&H + Ruger No1 combination, anywhere!
Are we going for elephant, kudu, croc, steenbok, suni or even a lion or a leopard or just to the range for an outing?
You have a super setup there, for anything.
Over here it'll also rush you an arm and a leg and a bit more if you were lucky enough to find a No1 available.

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