375 H&H versus 9.3 x 74R
This is a discussion on 375 H&H versus 9.3 x 74R within the Up To .375 forums, part of the HUNTING EQUIPMENT, FIREARMS & AMMUNITION category; I am going on (predominantely) a Plains Game safari (Sable, Bushbuck) + Hyena and other small cats. I have a ...
375 H&H versus 9.3 x 74R
I am going on (predominantely) a Plains Game safari (Sable, Bushbuck) + Hyena and other small cats. I have a single shot Dakota Model 10 in 9.3x74R and a Kimber Bolt Action in 375 H&H. The Kimber is heavier than the Dakota. Which one would you take? I do not want to take both, because I am also thinking of bringing my Winchester Model 70 in 300 WM for the "long" shots. Any recommendations?
08-05-2012, 02:19 PM #2
- Member of ssaa, aba ,bairnsdale field archers
- Hunted australia south africa (limpopo) canada (b.c)
gday steve i dont know about a 9.3x74R its thge first time ive heard of it but near everytime some one mentions a calibre on this site some one tells em they cant go wrong with 375H&H.
ive just bought one and are waiting for my prmit to aquire to be returned so i can pick it up and see if i become a one eyed supporter of this firearm .
when im going to africa in august next year i will taking my 300 win mag and .243 for plains game and of course my bow
08-05-2012, 03:15 PM #3
- Member of SA Hunters, SA Wingsooters
- Hunted South Africa (Limpopo, North West, Free State, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal)
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Take the 375. If something goes wrong this side (lose ammo or whatever) every single gun shop will stock 375 rounds etc.
Also its slightly more gun than the 9.3x74 (ballistics wise).
But once again, take the rifle you are most comfortable with. The 300WM will be more than adequate for all plains game in South Africa
08-05-2012, 11:44 PM #4
- Member of PHASA, South African Bowhunting Association (SABA) Instructor, NSRI
- Hunted SA, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Ethipoia, Cameroon, CAR, Tanzania, Canada, USA, Spain
A 375 H&H can do everything that a 9,3 can but not the other way around. You will never fail when taking a 375 to Africa.Bowtech Beast 92lb
1050gr Easton DG @ 236fps
180gr German Kinetics
For the plain games you have mentioned, 300 WSM will do just fine. Plus you will save some weight traveling with one rifle.
08-06-2012, 03:49 AM #6
- Hunted South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Poachers.
08-06-2012, 03:50 AM #7
- Member of SCI, PHASA, IPHA
- Hunted South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Tanzania
I'd take the one I had more confidence in.
The .375 H&H is always the right answer, but in reality, the difference between the .375 H&H and the 9.3x74 is pretty small, especially inside of 200 yards. The .375 will spit out a bullet which is slightly larger (by 0.005"), slightly heavier (by 15 grains), and slightly faster (by 100-150 fps).
About 1000 times more important than what you take is what you're able to do with what you take. I'd go through a couple hundred rounds under real hunting conditions before you go. Shoot a few from the bench, but many more from improvised rests, shooting sticks, in the rain, in the wind, with bugs crawling up both legs, etc.
Mostly, have fun!!!!!
08-06-2012, 11:06 AM #9
- Member of Northeast Wisconsin SCI chapter, Lifetime member of NRA,RMEF
- Hunted Namibia, South Africa (East Cape, Guateng and Limpopo)
Take the Kimber bolt action in the 375 H&H.
08-06-2012, 07:21 PM #10
- Member of SCI NRA DSC life memberships
- Hunted Mexico, Namibia, RSA, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Canada
That .300 WM is hard to beat for a PG hunt. But I agree with several of the others, and I'd take the one with which you are most comfortable. Also, for a relatively rare trip to Africa, particularly with something as expensive as a sable on the dance card, I would prefer a repeater. I love singles, and use them a lot, but it is not too hard to imagine a scenario where a quick follow-up could make a difference. Losing any animal is awful. However, spending all day on an ever more hopeless stern chase of a gemsbok is one thing - a sable is a very different economic commitment entirely. Additionally, on a PG stalk, your PH is likely not to be carrying a rifle to provide that insurance shot."We sleep peaceably in our beds because rough men stand ready in the
night to visit violence on those who would do us harm" Winston Churchill
Take what you shoot best and don't look back. I took a 9.3x74R TC encore with me last year, because it has a Kudu engraved on one side and elaphant on the other. So couldn't leave it at home:-) Longest shot was 310yardss on my Kudu. Shot everything from Diker to Blue Widlebeest with one shot kills. Great caliber. My 375 would have also been a great choice.
03-06-2014, 04:14 PM #12
- Member of PHASA - RMEF
- Hunted South Africa - Botswana - Zimbabwe - USA - Namibia
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