It has been a long hard struggle....

Discussion in '.375 & Up' started by rphguy, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. rphguy

    rphguy AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2012
    Messages:
    604
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    453
    I have been contemplating and struggling about buying a big bore rifle.
    What brand? What model? What caliber?
    Did I absolutely have to have iron sights?

    In the end, it needed to be stainless/synthetic or synthetic/cherakote. And I really wanted the iron sights.

    Ms Lana has been berating me to finally make up my mind and purchase the rifle I really want.
    I said I just couldn't see spending the money on the 2 choices that I preferred.
    She demanded I get it. I couldn't do it.
    I went into work today and was told about extra shifts I needed to work.
    Cha-ching! My answer to a guilt free purchase.

    I narrowed my choice down to:
    1. Montana Rifle Company V2 Extreme in 375 H&H (or ruger). or.....
    2. Nosler M48 Outfitter in 375ruger.

    I like the Nosler better, wished it came in 375 HH, but in the end I went with it in the 375 ruger.
    Love the looks. it feels good. love the stock paint. love the cherakote.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    My next dilemma is scoping it, fortunately I don't have to purchase a scope.
    I have 3 scopes to choose from in my home.
    1. Leupold VX-L 3-10.5 x50 (currently on my 300wsm- might swap the vx6 to this rifle)
    2. Leupold VX-6 3-18 x 50 (NIB I got at a steal before Christmas) Has the firedot.
    3. Leupold VX-3 3.5-10 x40 (NIB I got 2 years ago for a song, even though I don't sing well)

    I plan to put quick release mounts on it, of course.
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 20, 2017
    Roan, rinehart0050, matt85 and 3 others like this.

  2. BRICKBURN

    BRICKBURN SUPER MODERATOR CONTRIBUTOR GOLD BENEFACTOR AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010
    Messages:
    17,402
    Video/Photo:
    411
    Likes Received:
    8,946
    Hunted:
    Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Canada, USA, Mexico
    Thank your wife and congratulations.
     

  3. LivingTheDream

    LivingTheDream AH Elite

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2015
    Messages:
    1,507
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1,750
    Dude!!!! I am about to buy a nosler is 338wm. I have a 270wsm in the custom m48 and I absolutely love it. Jealous of your rifle!!!
     

  4. Bullthrower338

    Bullthrower338 AH Elite

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2014
    Messages:
    1,770
    Video/Photo:
    13
    Likes Received:
    2,828
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    Member of:
    Life Member Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, NRA, Huntin' Fool, DSC and Pope and Young Club
    Hunted:
    USA, Mexico, Canada, RSA
    Nice rifle, I'd go with no. 3, mounted nice and low. Plenty of scope for a 375. The good news is now you can start shopping for a 458 Lott!
    Congrats on the new rifle,
    Cody
     
    ZG47, Royal27 and ActionBob like this.

  5. 375 Ruger Fan

    375 Ruger Fan AH Elite

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2015
    Messages:
    1,560
    Video/Photo:
    83
    Likes Received:
    1,688
    Location:
    Lagos, Nigeria
    Member of:
    NRA
    Hunted:
    Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa (Eastern Cape), Alaska, TX, LA, MO, OH, MT, ID, WA, Canada (Yukon)
    Very nice rifle indeed and a great caliber I might add!

    Agree with Bullthrower on selecting option #3 on the scope, however if you were to spring later for a new scope, I'd suggest something like a 1.5x5.
     
    ZG47, 8x68, Philip Glass and 3 others like this.

  6. matt85

    matt85 AH Legend

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2014
    Messages:
    2,359
    Video/Photo:
    5
    Likes Received:
    1,359
    Location:
    WA, USA
    Hunted:
    USA, South Africa, and Namibia
    very nice rifle!

    ive had bad experiences with Montana Rifle Co. so i believe you made the correct choice.

    -matt
     

  7. Pawprint Safaris

    Pawprint Safaris SPONSOR Since 2014 AH Legend

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2012
    Messages:
    2,442
    Video/Photo:
    604
    Likes Received:
    1,555
    Member of:
    PHASA HSC
    Hunted:
    South Africa,Zimbabwe,Mozambique
  8. ActionBob

    ActionBob AH Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2011
    Messages:
    2,769
    Video/Photo:
    22
    Likes Received:
    3,464
    Location:
    Central Minnesota
    Member of:
    NRA, DSC, SCI
    Hunted:
    Minnesota, Texas, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, British Columbia
    What Cody said! Worth saying again, Mount it as low as you can get it.

    And please post a range report. Congrats on the new purchase!
     

  9. Ridgewalker

    Ridgewalker AH Elite

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Messages:
    1,491
    Video/Photo:
    3
    Likes Received:
    1,078
    Location:
    Colorado
    Hunted:
    South Africa: Limpopo, Northwest; USA: Ak, Mt, Wy, Co, Ne, Ks, Nv, NM, Tx
    Sorry to hear that Matt85. I really like my MRC in 375 H&H and it shoots 1/2" groups with Barnes 250 TTSX and <1" groups with Barnes factory 300 TSX.

    That said, the Nosler in 375 Ruger should do a great job!
     

  10. reedy0312

    reedy0312 AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2011
    Messages:
    5,381
    Video/Photo:
    67
    Likes Received:
    3,328
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Member of:
    NRA, SCI
    Hunted:
    US (All over), New Zealand, South Africa(Northern Cape, Northwest), Zimbabwe
    Congrats on the new addition!
     

  11. CAustin

    CAustin BRONZE SUPPORTER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    May 7, 2013
    Messages:
    10,332
    Video/Photo:
    76
    Likes Received:
    6,680
    Member of:
    Courtney Hunting Club, NRA Life Member, SCI Kansas City Chapter
    Hunted:
    South Africa, Kalahari, Northwest, Limpopo, Gauteng, APNR Kruger Area. USA Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas
    Lucky man! Keep the rifle and the wife!
     
    edward and Ridgewalker like this.

  12. rinehart0050

    rinehart0050 GOLD SUPPORTER AH Elite

    Joined:
    May 24, 2015
    Messages:
    1,663
    Video/Photo:
    115
    Likes Received:
    1,260
    Hunted:
    New Zealand, South Africa (NWP, Limpopo); USA (NE, AZ, TX)
    Nice rifle! Congrats!
     

  13. johnnyblues

    johnnyblues AH Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2013
    Messages:
    4,252
    Video/Photo:
    52
    Likes Received:
    3,087
    Location:
    Seaford NY
    Hunted:
    USA, ALASKA Canada, New Zealand, Mexico Africa.
    Good looking piece. I have the 375 Ruger in their guide gun. Love it. Good luck with it.
     

  14. Nyati

    Nyati AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Messages:
    5,393
    Video/Photo:
    65
    Likes Received:
    1,238
    Location:
    Madrid, Spain
    Member of:
    RFEC, RFETO
    Hunted:
    Spain, Finland, RSA ( KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape, Free State ).
    Congrats on the new toy.

    For a scope, I would look for something smaller than you have, I have a Meopta 1-4x22, which is very nice for a large caliber rifle.
     

  15. rookhawk

    rookhawk AH Elite

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2015
    Messages:
    1,734
    Likes Received:
    1,823
    Location:
    N. Illinois
    Member of:
    NRA Life Benefactor, Trout Unlimited, Safari Club International, Illinois Falconers Organization
    Hunted:
    Zimbabwe, Canada, USA
    Nice weather resistant rifle you have there.

    I would strongly discourage the optics choices you have on hand.

    You need one of th following:

    Swarovski z6i 1-6x24 or z8 1-8x24

    Or

    Schmidt & Bender 1-4 strata or 1-8 exos


    A year ago I would never suggest an 8x scope for such a rifle because you couldn't get a low mount, straight tube variety and you end up with a clown shoes outfit with a 42mm scope on a DG rifle. (Says American tourist from a mile away)

    Today, you can get 1-8 scopes that are the same size as 1-5 and 1-6 models if the extra magnification is that important.
     

  16. sierraone

    sierraone SILVER SUPPORTER AH Elite

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2013
    Messages:
    1,925
    Video/Photo:
    14
    Likes Received:
    1,483
    Member of:
    Dallas Safari Club, Safari Club Int.
    Hunted:
    USA, RSA
    Thought there would be a big difference in price between the Leupolds and Swarovskis, not much if you shop hard. But there is a big difference with the Leupolds and the S&B. Not a complaint, just a point! Do agree with you though about having a large bell scope on a DG rifle, unless you intend to shoot a buff at 300 yards!
     

  17. 8x68

    8x68 AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2015
    Messages:
    555
    Video/Photo:
    3
    Likes Received:
    362
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Member of:
    OFAH, CSSA
    Hunted:
    Canada, USA
    +1^
     

  18. 8x68

    8x68 AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2015
    Messages:
    555
    Video/Photo:
    3
    Likes Received:
    362
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Member of:
    OFAH, CSSA
    Hunted:
    Canada, USA
    Lots of good options on scope choices, so of course me being me I have to chime in. Another option would be the Monarch 3 1-4x20 African (1-4x20w/German #4 reticle). I have these on my 416 Rigby, 404 Jeffery, & 450 Rigby. Great scopes. Optics quality is first class plus Nikon makes it's own glass. As I have mentioned before I have Zeiss HD 5's, & Leup 3's. Optics quality is the same in my opinion. The advantage the Zeiss has is that it is slightly better in low light and has a 1:5 zoom magnification ratio compared to the Leup & Nikon. Don't have any experience with Swarovski, or S&B (wife told me I couldn't rent my kids out so I have to stick with what I got).
    Leica, or Trijicon is another decent option. Something I didn't know about Trijicon scopes. On each scope there is a reference to a Bible verse. Though that was pretty cool.
     

  19. rookhawk

    rookhawk AH Elite

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2015
    Messages:
    1,734
    Likes Received:
    1,823
    Location:
    N. Illinois
    Member of:
    NRA Life Benefactor, Trout Unlimited, Safari Club International, Illinois Falconers Organization
    Hunted:
    Zimbabwe, Canada, USA
    Your options priced:


    Worlds worst illuminated scope in my opinion, the Leica 1.5-5x24 illuminated. About $400

    Used s&B 1-4 on eBay $700

    Used swaro z6 non illuminated on eBay: $1300

    Wholesale new in box z6i 1-6x24 illuminated (I have two spares from a big buy I did) $1850

    New retail exos 1-8 or swaro 1-8 $2800

    I've owned a lot of scopes at a lot of price points. I can't speak worse of any scope than the leupold 1-5...compare to almost any other scope at that price....junk-o-la
     

  20. Ray B

    Ray B AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2016
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    440
    Location:
    WA St, USA
    A friend of mine wanted to get one of my rifles in trade for his wife- I thanked him kindly but said my wife was all that I needed and besides, I'm sure my wife would veto the trade.:);)
     

Share This Page