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I am planning on headingto Africa in the spring of 2014 and am buying a Winchester Model 70 375 H&H Mag for the trip. I was wondering what would be the best size scope to put on it? I am thinking of a Leupold 2-7 or 3-9 but I am not sure. As I live and hunt in Alberta I would like the rifle to be versatile enough for Elk and Moose as well. Any suggestions?
 

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You could use either one, I have the 2.5-8x 36mm Leupold on mine
 

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Hello Meat78,

I've used a leupold 3-9x40 and more recently a leupold 1.75-6 on my .375 H&H. Either you suggest should be fine for Africa or western hunting.

Best,

jpj3
 

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Meat78, I have 1-5's on both of my .375's but these are being used on buffalo, mostly at very close range, and for that they're great.


As I age I've noticed a higher/increased demand on my glasswear (scopes, I don't wear glasses !).

I have a new rifle in 9.3 coming soon and have decided to mount a 2-8x42 Zeiss Duralyt on it as a genreal purpose medium/large game rifle.

The big price to pay here is that they add 1 lb to the overall weight of your outfit and that needs to be considered if your starting out with a heavy peice, which the Winchesters tend to be.

Best of luck,

Paul.
 

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I use a 1-3x20 for close work in thick jesse and a 4-12x40 for longer open shots on my 375. Both on Warne QR mounts. A 3-9x is probably your best all-rounder.
 

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I am in the same boat as "Meat78". I am purchasing a .375 H&H and looking for a scope. I am leaning towards the Leupold VXR 1.25-4 with the FireDot 4 reticle. I am not planning on shots beyond 200-250 yrds with this rifle. Thoughts?
 

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There is no reason to buy a high power scope, I like 6 power most of the time unless something is right up on me then a 2.5 power is fine. I love Leupold scopes! That being said when something is out there at 200 yds or more 9 power or more is nice.
 

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i have a 2.2-9 power on my . 300 win but i dont think i have ever used it on more than 6 power, so i agree i dont think you need any scope that goes above 6 power on a .375.
 

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I can't add anything. A good quality 1.5 - 4 or 1.5-5 up to a 2.5-8 will do what you need. You definitely do not need anything more. I have shot quite a few elk and moose with the .375 and really, you don't need anything more than 4 power to whack those big ungulates all the way out to 300 yards or so.
 

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I put a Leica 2.5-10x42 on mine with the #1 reticle. I am very, very happy with the setup.
 

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As others have stated-I too am in the .375 market. While I hope to use it on a Buff someday-I want one cuz I think they are cool! And would probably shoot more whitetail than anything. I've been with Leupold on everything-but am seriously considering a Triji 3-9x40 anyone here have thoughts on Leupold vs Trijicon?
 

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I love the Triji post sight but I didn't like the glass relative to the VX6. On the plus side though, the Triji is lighter and can be had in a 1" tube. There aren't many (any?) 1" lighted reticle scopes on the market so that's a big deal for the Triji.
 

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Leupold has the best eye relief, a excellent selling point! The click adjustments work wonderful! Trijicon doesn't have great eye relief.
 

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I guess how much power you feel comfortable with is very different from hunter to hunter.
Some feel they can't use a 3x at close range as everything becomes just brown, black or whatever color the animal has. So they want 1.25x for that.

I have used 3x on a shotgun and shot clays with it and I have no problems to use 6x at very close range and still put the bullet where it should be, but I still want the ability to crank the scope down to 3x on my 375Ruger in case I suddenly find myself in a bad situation on a DG hunt.

When I use my 375Ruger on a hunt, I don't bring any other gun and use that for everything. Because of this I prefer to have the ability to crank up to scope to at least 9x for long shots at small animals.
I have a Leupold 3-9x50 on it now.
I would prefer to have 12x and if I was going to buy a new scope for my 375Ruger now, I would buy the 3-12x50 Zeiss Duralyt.
 

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I would prefer to have 12x and if I was going to buy a new scope for my 375Ruger now, I would buy the 3-12x50 Zeiss Duralyt.

If I was going to use the 375 as a everyday gun on any animals...that would make a fine scope!
 

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I guess how much power you feel comfortable with is very different from hunter to hunter.
Some feel they can't use a 3x at close range as everything becomes just brown, black or whatever color the animal has. So they want 1.25x for that.

I have used 3x on a shotgun and shot clays with it and I have no problems to use 6x at very close range and still put the bullet where it should be, but I still want the ability to crank the scope down to 3x on my 375Ruger in case I suddenly find myself in a bad situation on a DG hunt.


i agree with you its up to the individual on their choice, but i wouldnt be happy going into thick bush following up anything that was dangerous with a scope that only goes down to minimum 3x. that is still a fair amount of magnification and trying to pick your target up quickly at short range in the heat of the moment thats not standing around, but either heading for you or away from you with grass, bushes ,tree trunks, branches etc in the way is not going to be easy at all.......
 

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I think that if you had a 3-12X scope on a 375, then you would have to have detachable mounts if you were following up in the brush.

I actually think in any thick brush situation a scope is going to be a problem.
 

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" wouldnt be happy going into thick bush following up anything that was dangerous with a scope that only goes down to minimum 3x. that is still a fair amount of magnification and trying to pick your target up quickly at short range in the heat of the moment thats not standing around, but either heading for you or away from you with grass, bushes ,tree trunks, branches etc in the way is not going to be easy at all......."

Isn't that one of the primary reasons for having detachable scope mounts?
 

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" wouldnt be happy going into thick bush following up anything that was dangerous with a scope that only goes down to minimum 3x. that is still a fair amount of magnification and trying to pick your target up quickly at short range in the heat of the moment thats not standing around, but either heading for you or away from you with grass, bushes ,tree trunks, branches etc in the way is not going to be easy at all......."

Isn't that one of the primary reasons for having detachable scope mounts?

yup but if you noticed they were talking about turning the power down to 3x and using that. :)
 

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Have a 1.5-6X42 Schmidt&Bender on my Model 70 375H&H, favorite gun, killed from Springbok to Cape Buffalo with it, from 30 yards to 200. Deadly combination.
 

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