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Can .308Win do everything that .375H&H do?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AirPower, Dec 23, 2009.

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  1. AirPower

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    Can .308Win do everything that .375H&H can do?

    I have a Winchester M70 in .375HH and also Remington 700 in .308. I'm trying to see if I could pair down to just 1 bolt hunting rifle, and that'll be 700 .308.

    So my question is if 308 can do everything 375 can do, or would I regret selling the .375 down the road? By the way, I'm not going to Africa.
     
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  2. Float Pilot

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    For Alabama yes, .........for Alaska no...
     
  3. R.W.Dale

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    Thread over!
     
  4. federalfarmer

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    Inside of 75 yards in the lower 48........maybe. Big bears excluded. How do they say it? dead is dead.

    However why not have 2? (and I like the 2 you have)
     
  5. Speedo66

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    No, it can't cost as much for ammo, nor can it recoil as heavily.

    Unless you have a specific need for a .375, why?
     
  6. Uncle Mike

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    Sure...it will go boom, recoil, kill stuff and make holes...but comparing the two...in the sense you are insinuating....

    and the question...can the 308 do everything the 375 can do!

    Santa aint comin' to your house! Your a bad boy!

    If you must jettison one of them...toss the 375, unless of course your in big critter country.
     
  7. W.E.G.

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    Which one do you shoot with best accuracy?
     
  8. Gordon

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    I shoot them about the same in sporting rifles. No fair with a 9pound + .308 which would be like my 14 pound bull barrel .375, which I built because I thought " Dang, I wonder what that Sierra 300 Boat tail at 2700 fps from a 28" barrel would do at 1000 yards!"
     
  9. 257WM_CDL-SF

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    id keep the 375 H&H just in case
     
  10. Kernel

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    If you roll your own the .375 H&H can be downloaded to .38-55 levels. A tack driver that kicks like a kitten.

    With creative handloading the H&H can do everything the .308 can do (and with similar recoil), but the opposite is not true.
     
  11. Sav .250

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    What year is that Winchester M-70 in .375H&H ? If it`s a pre-64, it`s a no-brainer, keep it. If not, keep it anyway. :)
     
  12. Gaiudo

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    .308 can't transect an Elk cow hip to shoulder at 75 yards in deep timber. .375... no problem.
     
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    The question isn't CAN IT, but SHOULD IT HAVE TO. More deer have fallen to the 22LR than any other round but that doesn't make it right. Since you have the rifles, use them as the tools they are. We all have a resonsibility to maintain ethics in our approach to our sport.
     
  14. shaggy430

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    I doubt that.
     
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    If you doubt th comment about the 22LR, I would suggest you check with your local Game Dept. as to what the poachers are using in your area. Here on the border, it's a 22.
     
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    The 308 Win can't do everything a 375 HH can do but it can do everthing YOU need.
     
  17. ArmedBear

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    Where do you live and hunt?
     
  18. AirPower

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    I'm up here in WA state, so we have some woodland, and it seems .308 is most 1 hit knock down for games around here. As for the Winchester M70, it's a recent make, but it's a Classic model so it's got the controlled feed. It's a very nice rifle, feels more robust than the Remington.

    Thanks for all the responses, I think I'll just keep them both for now, I just can't bear watching that Winchester staying in the safe all the time.
     
  19. ArmedBear

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    So put the .308 in the safe, and shoot the .375!:)

    There's no doubt that the .375 will do everything a .308 can do. And you sure don't have to go all the way to Africa to use it to its potential, either, if you live in Washington.
     
  20. Uncle Mike

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    I knew it!

    Nobody can rid themselves of a .375H&H!

    It's like a bad itch that wont go away, and you just have to scratch it! lol heheheh

    Merry Christmas!
     
  21. Mags

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    Can't 270 do everything the 308 can? Can't 30/06 Do everything and then some same with 7mm Mag. Could probably go on and on. Just pick which one of the common hunting calibers (270, 308, 30/06, 7mm Mag, 300 win Mag) you like and go with it.
     
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    Hasn't the .308 been used to kill a lot of elephants?
     
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    I was in a simliar position a couple of years ago. I had a custom Win 70 Match Grade Arms built in .338 (actually is was .340 Weatherby Mag.) I used it in Africa for plains game and Colorado for Elk hunting. I almost went with the 375 H&H but didn't because the .338 has better range.

    I have sold off all of the what I call non-standard caliber rifle a couple of years ago including the .338. I do not plan on any more exotic hunts and the
    .308 will do everything I need in Texas. If I were ever to Elk hunt again, I have a 30-06 with sweet handload 200 grain nosler partition bullets that was my back up rifle in Africa and I am confident it will do anything I need it to do in the lower 48.

    So, because I live in Texas, I would go with the .308. If I lived in Washington state with healthy your healthy Elk hunting, there is no friggin way I would sell that 375 H&H off. If I was going Elk hunting and had my choice between the .308 and 375 H&H, the 375 H&H would win every time.
     
  24. 9mmepiphany

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    so has a .276 Rigby...it was a favored round for culling elephants back when the herds were huge...that doesn't make it a good idea for the average shooter.

    i'm a big fan of the .375 H&H, but then i consider it as the next step up from the 6.5x55mm. now a 6.5x55mm will do everything a .308 will do too and would be my choice for NA game up to the big bears...that's where the H&H shines
     
  25. ArmedBear

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    I just found a copy of Keith's Rifles for Large Game in the local college library (they have a great collection of Keith stuff among other things).

    It was published in 1946, and written before the Nosler Partition or other modern bullets existed. Back then, one had to choose between a flat-shooting spitzer that didn't penetrate all that well, and a good penetrating round nose that didn't fly as well. So, modern bullets have changed the equation a bit since then.

    But, considering the loads and bullets available in the WW II era, you know what Elmer Keith recommended as a top-notch all-around commercial rifle for an American hunting deer to moose and bears? A Winchester Model 70 in .375 H&H.:)

    There's no reason it can't fill the same role today.
     
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