.375 vs .404 jeffry

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I will add my Zimbabwe 2 bond to the fray, (the govt. took all of real money away). I have watched buffalo hit with .450-400 & 400 J, there is a notiable difference thump, both make a buff dead if hit in the right place. The .404J is really a pleasant rifle to shoot and with the 300grn bullet. I believe it is pretty much a equal to the .375 H&H. My wife just passed her Zimbabwe PH shooting test, her rifle CZ. 404J shooting her last two shots (accuracy test) from the prone position (.300 grn.). She would much rather shoot her .404 J than her .375 H&H. There is a real difference when you hit a gong with a .404J. Not sure about all of the ballistic stuff, but even with my ears I know the difference between a "whack" & a "WHUUCK"!
 

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I will add my Zimbabwe 2 bond to the fray, (the govt. took all of real money away). I have watched buffalo hit with .450-400 & 400 J, there is a notiable difference thump, both make a buff dead if hit in the right place. The .404J is really a pleasant rifle to shoot and with the 300grn bullet. I believe it is pretty much a equal to the .375 H&H. My wife just passed her Zimbabwe PH shooting test, her rifle CZ. 404J shooting her last two shots (accuracy test) from the prone position (.300 grn.). She would much rather shoot her .404 J than her .375 H&H. There is a real difference when you hit a gong with a .404J. Not sure about all of the ballistic stuff, but even with my ears I know the difference between a "whack" & a "WHUUCK"!
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Eric,
I see you mentioned 375 Ruger. Have you compared 375HH to your 404? Might be a difference.
404 has a bigger frontal area and more weight. Kind of like comparing a nail hammer to a sledge. Bigger and heavier hits harder.
 

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When it comes to bigger bore I have always had more faith in the TKO ballistics than in just muzzle energy figures. Both will kill with a proper placed shot, I like a bigger hole in the vitals method.
375 Ruger 300gr at 2600 gives 4502ftlbs of muzzle energy, momentum of 111, and a TKO of 41
404 Jeff, 400gr at 2400 gives 5115ftlbs of muzzle energy, momentum of 137, and TKO of 58
458 Lott 500gr at 2300 gives 5872ftlbs of muzzle energy, momentum or 164, TKO of 75
 

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