- May 25, 2018
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- Milwaukee, WI
- Scotland, Ireland & England
What exactly would it take to build a .375 for extended firing and hard use? I am thinking along the line of an upscaled K98 or 1903 Springfield. How would one go about this? Could it be done? Just how hard could you push such a rifle before it would become unserviceable?
I read about Capstick and culling elephants and fast shooting with big rifles. Clearly they will survive it. I wonder about building a decent capacity bolt action repeating rifle in .375 H&H off the Model 70 action. Can it be done? What technology exists to do so? Which stock can take more heat? Synthetic or wood?
No muzzle breaks allowed. Not a sniper rifle. Just a service rifle capable of sustained fire at 300 yards along the lines of the Ruger Scout rifle.
I stick 20 rounds of 375H&H through a Win Mod 70 in about 60 - 90 seconds at the range twice a month. It doesn't do it any harm far as I can tell. The action is fairly toasty, the barrel too, but the wood stock insulates the hands fine without scorching and I see no evidence of excessive throat wear on the borescope. I see no reason beyond shooter fatigue why I couldn't do 40 or even 100 if I were so inclined.
Anything with a heavy profile (safari) barrel and a relatively stout stock is absolutely fine for quite a lot of rounds. Accuracy maybe drifts a bit, but I'd guess less than 2 MOA on that profile, so meh.
I'd be disappointed not to get 5000 rounds out of a standard factory barrel in that calibre and the actoin should last pretty much indefinitely if cared for.