I have the recipe to load 270 grain Woodleigh but not the powder. I shoot at Silverdale, it's about an hour from me. I can steal some time here and there but not really good for developing a load with a different powder. I will take time to do that later so I have a plan B. I really did not anticipate using the 375 for a long time as I am tinkering a lot with my 308 Norma. The ultimate law - Murphy's law, prevails again.What range will you be shooting? You probably wouldn’t have to spend to much time working up a new load. That is if you can source the components.
That said the 270 hornandy bullets will probably be fine.
I see you have made your choice. The 375 would have definitely been mine also.My love/frustrated relationship with my gunsmith continues. I sent back my rifle for a cosmetic issue with the promise I would get it back in time to hunt black bear this spring.
So here I sit looking at the soon-to-be missed dealine, trying to choose between my 375 H&H with 270gr Hornady Interlocks, or a 6.5x55 with 160gr woodleigh weldcore PP. Unfortunately, I don't have time to build new loads.
I will be hunting over bait in a densely forested area. And, I have shot more stuff with the 375.
Which would you choose?
I say live dangerously...hunt with the 6.5 and a bowie knife.
The 6.5 being your backup of course.
I will be in a stand. I have shot and hunted with the 375 a lot more. I took it to Africa and I used to moose hunt with it. It's a clunky rifle, and it just feels heavy even though it does not weigh much more than another rifle I have. I got tired of hauling it through the woods and semi-retired it. But it has not failed me yet.If you have used the 375h&h more, I would use it now. Whatever you are more proficient with.
The 6.5 is a good bear gun for a stand or blind. My dad used a 308. But always something bigger like a 300wm or 375h&h for a walking hunt, incase of a charge situation.
I see you have made your choice. The 375 would have definitely been mine also.
I think the 375’s are great do-all rifles for my shooting distances.
Big or small it will kill them all.
The Interlocks should work well on black bear in the 270 grain 375 H&H.
My only experience with the Interlock was out of a 7mm Remington magnum, 154 grain if I recall correctly, on a whitetail at about 40 yards, bullet traveled lengthwise into neck and back vertebrae, still retained close to 60% weight. I do recall it had more penetration and weight retention than I anticipated.
I did wonder about that and the idea that a more frangible bullet would in fact be better. It's my first bear hunt so I just want to experience it, and try to enjoy it a little along the wayMake your fellow canucks proud...Maple Syrup!
All joking aside, I think your question was almost rhetorical...375 clearly wins out. Sucks about your gunsmith though.
Those spring bears will be thinner, so that may play into your bullet selection?