Rhino bullets 380 grains for 375 H&H Magnum

Discussion in '.375 & Up' started by oscar1975, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. oscar1975

    oscar1975 AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hello, as I said in another post, I read an article in a magazine of arms and ammunition Spanish, very interesting from a buffalo hunt in Africa. This article concerns a hunter who uses ammunition reloaded with bullets of the Rhino brand and a weight of 380 grains for the 375 H & H caliber Magnum. The articles and professional hunter say that these tips are a good option for the African buffalo and my question is, have any of you have tried these tips?, Rhino bullets only sells marketing tips or ammunition with this type of bullet?

    Mil gracias,

    Oscar.
     
  2. Gerhard

    Gerhard AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2009
    Messages:
    231
    Likes Received:
    2
    My Photos:
    80
    Hunted:
    South Africa
    I have no experience with the 380gr for 375H&H. Doctari (Kevin Robertson) from the Perfect Shot has mentioned quite a few times that he believes a 380gr bullet is ideal for the 375H&H and big game.

    I have used the 215gr Rhino Bullets in my 303Brit and was very happy with them. I would not hesitate to load Rhino bullets for my 500 Jeff as well...
     
  3. oscar1975

    oscar1975 AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Well, since this is the hunter who signed the article I read on that bullet.

    Thanks,

    Oscar.
     
  4. Calhoun

    Calhoun AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Messages:
    478
    Likes Received:
    1
    My Photos:
    10
    Member of:
    SCI N.E. Wisconsin Chapter - WisNRA
    Oscar that sounds like one heck of a load!! I paged through 6 different reloading manuals that I own & not a one had more than a 300 gr listing!! That should be a Buff stopper if there ever was one I just can't help you out on that question! If you find something out please print it! It sounds interesting!!
     
  5. oscar1975

    oscar1975 AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have references for this bullet weight an item in a Spanish weapons magazine. The item is written by Kevin Robertson and he says is a great tip to hunt buffalo. I will try to scan the item (so I printed) and to see that it is and command you by email.

    Oscar.
     
  6. enysse

    enysse AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2009
    Messages:
    6,156
    Likes Received:
    186
    My Photos:
    32
    Member of:
    Northeast Wisconsin SCI chapter, Lifetime member of NRA,RMEF
    Hunted:
    Namibia, South Africa (East Cape, Guateng and Limpopo)
    I have read Kevin Robertson's article a few different times and find it a lot of crap. He is a lot like Craig Boddington. Use a big gun and big bullets. I totally disagree. Aiming at the vitals is the most important thing....heart, lung. Using good bullets. I think way to many people use bullets that don't expand and go right through the animal...doing very little damage. I like Nosler,Accubond, Hornady Interbond or SST etc.

    For Cape buffalo I have Failsafe and Speer Grand Slam....They are within that 300 grain range and I think they will knock anything down. If someone pays for my safari...I'll show you how it's done. BOOM and Done!
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2009
  7. Gerhard

    Gerhard AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2009
    Messages:
    231
    Likes Received:
    2
    My Photos:
    80
    Hunted:
    South Africa
    When it comes to shot placement and talking about big game hunting Kevin Robertson can be rated as one of the old pro's in the business. He does not need to make money for selling hunting bullets as he is a practising veterinarian in the Eastern Cape.

    I would not think twice in going heavy in a 375 H&H round. Heck I am shooting a 580gr bullet out of my 500 Jeff.

    I have met Kevin and he is a great guy and knows his business when it comes to hunting big game and talking ballistics...
     
  8. oscar1975

    oscar1975 AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Article is a story of hunting, but with this bullet (funded by the Hunter) as actor, with included anecdota.

    Oscar.
     
  9. Skyline

    Skyline AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2008
    Messages:
    639
    Likes Received:
    0
    My Photos:
    19
    Member of:
    SCI Life Member, MLOA, DU, MWF, MTA
    I have heard good things about the Rhino bullets, but they are not easy to get in Canada, so I have never tried them. On the other hand I have had nothing but reliable performance from the 260-300 grain bullets that I have used from Nosler, Barnes, Swift, Hornady and TBBC so I just don't worry about it.
     
  10. oscar1975

    oscar1975 AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hello skyline, I contacted article magazine as curiosity and to know if anyone had any experience with this tip. I know that have chased many Buffalo and elephants with soft and solids 300 grains tips with this excellent calibre . Thank you.

    Oscar.
     
  11. Mike70560

    Mike70560 AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Messages:
    819
    Likes Received:
    13
    My Photos:
    110
    Member of:
    NRA, SCI
    Hunted:
    Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania

    I have to disagree with your assessment. Kevin Robertson is very experienced and believes in what he writes. I met him at SCI in 2008 and found him to be very sincere, he took time to answer all my questions. His and Craig's books were invaluable to help me prepare for Africa including the chapters on calibers, bullets, and rifles. Craig Boddington's views are different from Kevin's on bullet weight, Craig's tend to be more traditional 300 grain for 375, 400 grain for 416, etc.

    I like the idea of the heavier for caliber bullets, better sectional densities=better penetration (of course design and construction play big roles), but only if you can push them fast enough. My views have remained the same: heavy for caliber, premium bullet, push it to the designed velocity, put the bullet through the vitals.
     
  12. BJV

    BJV New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2010
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Member of:
    SAHCGA and SCI
    The 380gr rhino bullet is very effective on the 378 Weatherby. Loaded at
    2600-2650ft/sec. i shot buffallo with this load and the performance was perfect. The bullet mushroomed to 22mm and weighed 371gr. the bullet destroyed both lungs and the heart from a side on shot, from the right, it penetrated through all the major bones and finished on the left hand side under the skin.

    Rhino bullets do not mushroom if the velovity is not more than 2300ft/sec. I don't think a standard 375 H&H can fire a 380gr bullet at that speed. The bullet will then act as a solid. I shot through 3 Impalas with a 9.3x62 loaded with 286gr rhinos at 2870 ft/sec. The bullet did not mushroom.
     
  13. M. Egan

    M. Egan AH Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2009
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    0
    Member of:
    SCI MWF DU Canada MWF DU RMEF
    Hunted:
    canada US RSA Zimbabwe
    Hi Oscar.
    I will be using that exact combo in Zim in about 3 weeks. I'll let you know how it works on buffalo (if I'm lucky) when I get back.
    Mike
     
  14. BJV

    BJV New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2010
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Member of:
    SAHCGA and SCI
    Rhino bullets manufacture a 340 and 350gr for 375 H&H. I believe 2300-2400 ft/sec can be reached without to much pressure.

    Cellular no for Rhino bullets in SA +27823746440
     
  15. michaelhh375

    michaelhh375 AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Messages:
    152
    Likes Received:
    0
    My Photos:
    18
    Member of:
    Swedish hunting association
    Hunted:
    Sweden, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Spain, Austria, Germany and Canada
    380 Grains to HH375

    Ciao Oscar !
    A fantastic bullet for larger animals like Eland, Buffalo, Giraffe etc. Here is some more info from a Swedish hunt website : SwedishHunting.com

    Rhino 380 gr Protected Point

    The Rhino 380 gr bullet is an extreme big game bullet which should be loaded at low velocities. I have searched the Internet for reloading data but have not found much. This is one load that I have found to work in my Sako Safari. It could be that a slower burning powder should be used. I might add such a load to this page.

    Bullet Weight bc Primer Brass Powder Load V0
    Rhino PP 380 gr -- Federal Remington Vihtavuori N 150 65 gr 658 m/s
    215 Mag

    Easy to get these bullets from RSA you can also check out this website for fantastic good bullets and ammo, NGA ( New Generation Ammunition )
    New Generation Ammunition - NGA

    Good hunting !
    Mike
     
  16. Skyline

    Skyline AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2008
    Messages:
    639
    Likes Received:
    0
    My Photos:
    19
    Member of:
    SCI Life Member, MLOA, DU, MWF, MTA
    M. Egan..........if you do not mind, can you PM me with where you got the Rhino bullets?

    Thanks.:)
     
  17. oscar1975

    oscar1975 AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thank you very much michaelhh375


    Oscar.
     
  18. Wildcat

    Wildcat AH Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2009
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    0
    Member of:
    SCI, NRA, ITA
    I dont know how well they work , but getting some seems to be problematic !
    Ive had some 375s and some 30 cal on order now for over 4 months. Still no word on them.
    Last time I heard they were to be here march 18th.
    I guess it dosent matter how good a bullet is if you cant get it !
     
  19. M. Egan

    M. Egan AH Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2009
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    0
    Member of:
    SCI MWF DU Canada MWF DU RMEF
    Hunted:
    canada US RSA Zimbabwe
    Hi All.
    I returned yesterday from Zimbabwe where I was able to shoot a buffalo and a Livinstone's Eland with the .375 H&H with the 380 gr. Rhino bullets. Bullet performance was exceptional as in both cases, the bullets ended up under the skin on the far side of the animal. I havn't had a chance to weigh them yet, but I suspect that they will have retained 90% plus of their weight. I have brought back 100 of these bullets for Kelly of Skyline fame as we don't live to far apart. I am sure, if asked, that he will give out a much more experienced analisis of these bullets than I am capable of.
    Just my opinion based on my limited experience of two shots on animals.
    Cheers, Mike Egan
     
  20. PaulT

    PaulT AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2010
    Messages:
    610
    Likes Received:
    2
    My Photos:
    134
    Member of:
    S.C.I. International. Rowland Ward. Sporting shooters Association of Australia. Australian Deer Association.
    Hunted:
    Aus. N.Z & Zim.
    Just a note to all, the Australian made Woodliegh, also offer a 350gn .375 projy.

    A friend of mine has been loading these for use on our Aussie buff and he is reporting very good results( when loaded at, or below, reccomended velocities).
    He says these bullets seem to slightly lift the impact performance of the .375.

    If you think you might need a boost for your .375, these heavier slugs can provide some benifit so long as you don't load them too fast.

    Cheers,
    Paul.
     

Share This Page