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375 winchester

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ralph2, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. ralph2

    ralph2 Well-Known Member

    I just got a 375 winchester in like new condition as collateral on a $180 loan. I believe this to be far less than the true value of the gun. Agreement is if I am not paid back in 10 days the gun is mine. From looks of cost of reloading components it will cost more to shoot reloads in this gun than to shoot factory in more common and more powerful calibers. Any comments would be appreciated.
  2. adobewalls

    adobewalls Well-Known Member

    I bought the Winchester Big Bore XTR back in the late '70's or early '80s when they first came out; and I thought then it was a good solid rifle.

    It shot good groups at a 100 for a lever action and open sights, but I found that the group would wander as the weather changed, so it always needed to be checked prior to going hunting.

    It was very effective on deer, back then I would set up on a creek bottom under a tree and catch the deer moving through - so shots were close range (25 yards) and in really thick brush. It did a good job of putting deer down where they were hit without bruising large portions of meat.

    I got rid of it after hog hunting with it one weekend where I shot several pigs at close range, but it did not stop them in their tracks - the land we hunted was too thick for anything other than a pig or deer to move through, so once they got into that stuff they were gone. I have no doubt it killed them, but even if they were able to go on for 100 yards after being hit, they were as good as in the next county due to that piney woods thicket.

    After that hunt I traded it for a 7mm Rem Mag which did put the pigs down where they were hit.

    I liked the rifle and wish I kept it, but at that time it did not do what I had bought it for - pig hunting. Great on deer though.
  3. Greg Mercurio

    Greg Mercurio Well-Known Member

    Prices for a Winchester 94 in that caliber run from $550 to well north of that if you can find them. Shooting that caliber with reloads is not prohibitive but not in the same league as .223. Brass is easy to find and not expensive relative to a lot of other calibers. Not mainstream by any measure but a great round. Recoil is interesting in light rifles.
  4. DM~

    DM~ Well-Known Member

    I've had a few DR's in 375 Win., great deer/blk. bear round...

  5. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Well-Known Member

    Greg has the numbers about right. $550 to about $800 is the going rate for really nice XTR 94 big bores. I have been watching them because I keep debating buying one just like what you have but frankly it becomes another caliber to load for so I keep delaying.

    For once I would say I hope you don't get paid back. 180 for a 375 is a nice trade.

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