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Ruger .375 rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Deaf Smith, Aug 22, 2010.

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  1. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Member

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    Gang,

    I saw a Ruger in .375 'Ruger' for not even $800 bucks.

    But for the life if me I cannot fine any ammo.

    Is this round popular? Is the Ruger Hawkeye in .375 a good rifle?

    Just wonder as I would like to make a good chipmunk gun out of one of them.

    Deaf
     
  2. Runningman

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    The 375 RCM has been out a couple years now. It also seems to be DOA. I see no reason to buy this over a 375 H&H or 9.3x62 myself.
     
  3. Wingnut13

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    When they first came out I was very excited to see how it would pan out.... I wanted one badly. Why? ... I don't know. So the reason I decided I didn't need one was my brother in Law is a guide in AK. He's a good shot and after quite a bit of practice he just couldn't get the group size down to what he's comfy with. There was nothing to be done but sell it and go back to his old rifle. I'm disappointed with his experience, I like Ruger's and I was hoping to add a large caliber to my collection.
     
  4. H&Hhunter

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    Nothing wrong with the caliber, nothing particularly right with it either. It duplicates a .375H&H end of story. I have a 20" barreled .375H&H it duplicates the .375 Ruger out of a 20" barrel with any and all loads.

    The rifles tend to be like most Rugers either they shoot well or they don't most of the ones you find on the used rack are in the don't category.

    The two others that were DOA were the .300 and the .338 RCM. I think the .416 might do alright but once again it's simply a shorter version of the .416 Remington.
     
  5. dakotasin

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    i thought i had pics in my photobucket account of mine and its targets, but i don't...

    i have one and think the world of it - super accurate, portable, and just a lot of fun.

    factory loads are available to me locally - about $50 a box. i bought a couple boxes before i started load development just to shake the rifle out and see what it could do. i ended up finding a particular lot # that shot very tight groups. i retained the lot # just in case i wanted to go back to round nose ammo.

    i run hornady 300 grain btsp's thru mine w/ rl-17. i took the rifle to a sporting rifle match, and even though it was disqualified because it was too big (nothing bigger than 35 cal for sporting rifle), they let me shoot in the competition anyway because they didn't think it would be a threat. i ended up shooting the only clean target of the match in prone, and scored a 94 in offhand before i stopped shooting due to recoil (everybody else was shooting one varminter or another).

    anyway, i really like mine a lot.

    i don't know about this doa business... seems to me there isn't a whole lot of demand in the 375 market so they can't sell 10's of thousands of 'em anyway, but ruger sold a few thousand in the first run, and have been selling 'em pretty steady. not bad for a limited market, really. don't know if it will fall by the wayside or not, but i'm guessing it will be w/ us for awhile.

    the 375 ruger will outperform the 375 h&h in a lighter, more compact package. that makes it tough to beat. finally, a 375 caliber repeating rifle that doesn't require you to have a gunbearer on your payroll.
     
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    The advantage the .375 Ruger has over all factory .375H&H's is length and weight no doubt. It is a neat little package (except for that Houge over mold stock :barf:) I like the Ruger Alaskan very much and I really like the African.

    My Stainless M-70 weighs in at just about 8.5 lbs scoped and it sports a 20" barrel that chronos 270 gr TSX's @ over 2700 FPS. So while I'll grant you the compact and lighter issue in factory non custom rifles. The .375 Ruger does not in my experience actually out perform the H&H they are close enough even in a short barrel so as that issue is a non player.

    I am talking actual chronoed loads side by side with both the Alaskan and the African and two different H&H's not the BS Ruger claims in the adds. They are so close that it's pretty much a wash.
     
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    no firsthand experience w/ the h&h, so i don't know what they are actually capable of.

    i run 82.5 grains rl-17 behind 300 grain hornadys for 2650 - 2700 f/s in my 20" ruger. in that link i posted up above one of the posters really fell in love w/ the 260-270 bullets, and stepped on 'em pretty hard. i never went w/ light bullets in mine, so who knows if it is repeatable...?

    i think the 375 ruger makes perfect sense to anybody who does not currently have a 375 or bigger rifle already in the safe.
     
  9. Al Thompson

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    Deaf, the local Sportsmans Warehouse has the ammo in stock.
     
  10. H&Hhunter

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    dak,

    That's about right the Ruger will give you about 100 to 150 F/S more velocity with 300 gr loads. With 270's it's about a wash with the edge going to the Ruger.

    I agree with you if a guy wants a .375 rifle for general use and doesn't already have an H&H it makes perfect sense.

    My point to the OP is that some of these rifle shoot lights out and some are having severe accuracy problems (typical Ruger) so be VERY careful buying a used one.
     
  11. Uncle Mike

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    Exactly what I was going to say.....

    IF, you could find any other manufacture, or at the very least, test fly the rifle before you purchase it!

    Nothing against Rugers, but for some time now, its been this way, out of ten rifles, 9 will shoot, but there will be that tenth, problem child!
     
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