Any reason not to use a 350 grain .375 bullet for buffalo

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  1. Hunt101

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    Hi, I'm planning a buffalo hunt for next year and I'll be using a .375 double which is currently regulated for 300 grain bullets. I have never shot 350 grain bullets through it but thought about trying them thinking that the larger bullet couldn't hurt. Are there any down sides to using the larger grain bullets if the grouping is acceptable? I suspect the regulation may prove to be an issue and I'm not willing to re-regulate the rifle away from the 300 grain bullets. My plan would be to use a soft point for the first shot followed up by a FMJ. Completely new to hunting buffalo so all advice is welcomed.
     
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    There is no reason not to use 350 grain bullets for buffalo. Like you said, if your double doesn't like them go back to 300 grains.
     
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    I'm with Enysse, no reason not to try it, it the 350 will bump the energy considerably and at the ranges that shots will be taken the heavier projectile will not cause any issues, I assume you are referring to the 350 North Fork??

    I have used the 380 Rhino many times on Buff and they pack a wallop!!!! if it regulates, I don't see any issues whatsoever...

    Enjoy!

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    Try them for sure, but just dont sacrifice your regulation or accuracy for them. Many buff have fallen to 300grs. The round was designed for them. You do lose some velocity of course but at buffalo ranges it wont matter. If they regulate and shoot well, shoot them. Assume your double will be iron sighted so get close, as the saying goes, then get 10 yards closer. Good luck.
     
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    No reason at all not to try them..but why ? A well placed 300 grainer, from a rifle that already shoots well with them, is all you need. Your PH will have the heavy hitter anyway, should there be a problem.
     
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    No Norma makes a couple factory loads out there in 350 grain that I've been looking at. I do fully understand that 300 grains is enough, but I think I'm going to at least try a box and see how my rifle groups.

    Thanks
     

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