Are Hornady Ruger 375 bullets full metal jacket?

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  1. selous71

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    the DGS is a FMJ bullet that uses a steel jacket with copper plating. as a "solid" the DGS is designed for extreme penetration on large thick skinned African game. however, I do not like the idea of steel jacketed bullets in a non-chrome lined barrel as im convinced they will reduce barrel life.

    the rest of those are expanding bullets such as soft points or ballistic tips. on that note, why does your range not allow FMJ?

    -matt
  3. High Desert Hunter

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    I shoot a lot of Hornady FMJ, I reload, so I shoot the 300gr RN FMJ, different from the current DGS ammo, they were not copper clad steel, the. DGS are also a flat nose instead of a RN. Unlike Matt, I have no aversion to the copper clad steel, have shot enough to know that they don't cause any more wear than standard copper jacketed bullets do.
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    one of my rifles is now a safe queen cause its barrel was worn out by steel jacketed bullets. im not saying it happens quick, but it does speed up the ware process.

    sorry, I don't mean to hi-jack the thread.

    -matt
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    I have heard that, wonder about the barrel steel? My '06 has digested thousands of steel jacketed and copper clad steel, it is 50 years old, and accuracy has gone from 3/4" to an inch and a quarter, some of that is me no doubt.
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    If you can find the Hornady 270gr load, it is a soft point, the 300gr DGX is a softpoint , and the DGS is a solid, or FMJ. Both of the DG series are a steel jacket with a very thick copper cladding. Is it damage, or fire hazard they worry about with the FMJ ammunition?
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    Hi all,

    Thanks all for replies. I just purchased the Ruger left-hand 375 African and it's currently with the gunsmith getting a bedding job and and better recoil pad.

    I am in Dallas / Forth Worth area and many ranges have a rule of no FMJ. Why, not sure. Safety I suppose.

    I will shoot the Hornady 270g soft point. Just starting planning on a South Africa plains game hunt in the next few years if luck and $ stays good.

    Thanks again for replies.

    Selous71
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    We have an indoor pistol range in Bozeman, MT that does not allow any magnum cartridges or jacketed bullets to reduce damage to the steel plates of the range backstop.

    This past Christmas I was visiting my Sister and Brother in law, and we did some shooting off his back deck. We were primarily shooting our pistols and one of the targets was a AR500 steel plate hanging about 20 yds from our shooting point. All was fine until my BIL's Nephew started shooting that plate with a AR-15 and FMJ bullets. Those bullets were cutting into the steel plate, and jacket and/or plate steel fragments were ricocheting back, hitting us. I quickly stopped the AR shooting at that plate at that range.
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    Selous,

    I live in DFW as well.... You should be fine. Typically that is found in the .223 round & such. You should be perfectly fine with the bonded, belted, etc big rounds. I shoot 223, 270, 308, 30-06, etc.... No sweat at these joints.
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    The Hornady .375 Ruger DGS and DGX have the same weight, speed and BC, so you can zero and trian with the DGX (softpoint) and get the same external ballistics as the DGS (FMJ)
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    selous;
    I think you will be very happy with those 270 grain SP RP Superformance rounds. I used the H & H version on eveything from Duiker to Eland on a recent Plains Game hunt. I practiced with the Federal blue box 270 grain soft points because they were cheaper and more available. I'm sure they would have sufficed on the hunt as well but I wanted the flatter shooting superformance trajectory. Of course you may have a tough time finding a lot of other ammo options for the Ruger. The other Hornady option that I would like to try would be the 250 grain GMX, but have not seen any on the shelves yet. Looks like that is boat tail bullet.

    The cool thing about a 375 for Africa is that the PH's have a lot of respect for it, other than real long range... But Superformance and lighter bullets will make it effective to 300 yards if you can practice enough to do your part. And it will make up for being a little off with pure knock down power on the bigger animals.

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    All I can say is that the 375 Ruger is a great cartridge and it is great fun to shoot it :)
    I reload my own ammo for it, so I have no experience with the factory ammo for the 375 Ruger.
    I use 300 grains soft point round nose from Partizan and 250 grains Barnes TTSX bullets in mine.
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    Norwegianwoods: I'm looking for someone that is reloading the 250 TTSX that will share their data. I just bought a .375 Ruger Heym SR-30, and I'm hunting in a lead-free area in Germany. Would you mind sharing you data for the 250 TTSX? All I can find in Germany is Hornady 300 DSX.
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    Sure Craig.
    My load now is a bit on the slow side. 2677 fps with a 20" barrel
    It is loaded with 74 grains Vihtavuori N150.
    Hornady cases.
    CCI 250 primers.
    I need to set the long bullet deep in the case for my gun, so I got no space for more powder than that, but it is not close to max in my gun.
    The accuracy is very good, where I get 3 holes touching each other at 100 meters if I do my job.
    I plan to make some test loads with N140 to see what happens then. And I might even try faster powders if I still don't get close to max with a full case of N140.
    It should be possible to get 2800-2900 fps with the 250 TTSX in a 20" barrel.

    I will inform you on my findings when I get the reloading done and been at the range.
    Sadly I need to be patient about getting more TTSX bullets, as all shops in Norway are out of stock of them and are waiting for a shipment of them from US.
    The Norwegian market is not exactly prioritized.
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    What are you paying for a 50-box of .375 250 TTSX when you can get them? I'm living in Germany, and they have them on hand for about 71 Euro with shipping to my house from Frankonia.de but I order them from the states for about $65 from because I work for the US Army. I think that Frankonia.de will ship to you. I buy from Natchez Shooters Supply, and they do international shipping too; email them to get the info on how to. http://www.natchezss.com/customerService.cfm?contentID=overseasOrders
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    It costs me 71 Euro plus shipping for one box.
    The problem for me to order it from Germany is that I need to pay toll and taxes on the value of the box and the shipping...
    I still have about 40 finished loaded cartridges with my N150 load, so I should manage for this years hunting, but it puts a hold on my testing of other loads.

    2677 fps is still plenty enough to get the job done :)

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