Which .375 rifle?

Discussion in '.375 & Up' started by EPD1072, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. EPD1072

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    I'm planning to purchase a new rifle chambered in the classic 375 H&H. I'm looking at either a CZ 550 or a Weatherby Mark V. The rifle will be used for dangerous game as well as larger African and North American game. I'm a bit partial to the Weatherby because of owning another Mark V in 300 Wby mag. I've have heard good things about the CZ and it appears to always be in the running in other posts. Any experience, thoughts, or suggestions would be a great help. Thanks.
     
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    EDP1072

    Welcome to the forum.

    Out of the two rifle in your post IMO opinion the CZ is a better choice. First of all I am not a big fan of Weatherby. that is a personal choice and other will disagree.

    I am assuming you are refering to this rifle:

    CZ-USA -> CZ 550 American Safari Magnum


    The CZ is a big stout double square bridge control round feed rifle. If in the future you want to upgrade to a bigger caliber it is a good platform to build just about any Dangerous Game cartridge all the way up to a .600 Overkill.

    The drawbacks IMO are the trigger, the barrel is too long, there is no barrel band for the sling, and it is heavy for a .375.

    I own a CZ in a 375 with the AHR #2 upgrades. The upgrades make it a very nice rifle with the exception of the weight. It shoots everytime and will feed flat nose solids with ease. I have taken mine to Africa twice and have carried it all day, but a pound and half lighter would make it almost the perfect rifle.

    Another choice would be the new Winchester Model 70s. I have not shot one, but from all reports the new ones from Winchester are quite nice. The have a good trigger, CRF, barrel band, 3 position safety and come in about a pound lighter than the CZs.

    http://www.winchesterguns.com/products/catalog/detail.asp?family=001C&mid=535116

    Good luck on your choice.
     
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    DOCMAN is right, The other threads pretty much have this covered and there is a lot of useful info on the topic of the 375. One thing I have noticed here is that in the world of DG hunting there are not many Weatherby fans. Most will agree that it is a fine PG rifle in whichever Weatherby caliber you choose (my PH had the 375 Weatherby) but, it was for PG. I personally could care less if a rifle is CRF or PF, but the CZ's are great rifles and very accurate and you get the CRF as a "bonus".

    BTW, welcome to the forum.
     
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    Hi, welcome.

    I think the CZ is a good choice because of the magazine capacity and general quality and ruggedness. I dont know the Weatherby, never owned or used one. I am impartial to the Win M70 Safari express because I have used both CZ and M70 in .375 for a while, and I prefer the M70.

    Its been said you will get info regarding the .375 on this forum, rightly so, you are at the right place.

    Enjoy the hunt!
     
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    I meant I am partial to the M70.
     
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    Docman has this one covered
     
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    I would suggest the Winchester 70 or CZ 550. I think the Weatherby could be a fine plains game gun, but not a great choice for dangerous game.
     

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