Just arrived: 375 H&H Mod 70 Alaskan

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Wood and Blued Steel, not sure why they named it Alaskan. Here it is:

Full view outside in bright morning sun:

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Inside shots:

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Right side butt:

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Left Side:

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Cross Bolt

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Rear sight blade:

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Front Sight:

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Door bell just rang, Midway package is here! Time to get the 2-7 Leupold mounted and some rounds loaded, what better to do on a 95 degree day with 61% humidity, a heat index of 115.

Edge
They call it "The Alaskan" because it is a remake of the original classic "Alaskan" produced many years ago on the Pre 64 action as you can see with going back to the old barrel ring design.

I came within an inch of buying one with thoughts of turning it into a .375 Ruger but with what it would cost to do so I would be well into custom territory.

Fortunately before losing my mind completely I came across an exceptional barely used M70 classic stainless in 375Ruger for far less.

Congrats on the nice find and here's to many years of good shooting with it.
 

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With deer season finally over, back to the range with the .375 and a clean bore. Bought some Federal 300 gr Woodleigh Hydro Solids to try out, the ammo was on sale and was cheaper than buying the Hydro's as components.

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Notice the trend to the left, apparently after each shot the forend worked its way left on the soft front bag. I need to pay more attention. I did shoot one round @ 100 yards with the Magnetospeed attached and the velocity was right at the box velocity of 2500fps.

One other observation, well really two. First, I was surprised at the recoil, much less than I expected. In fact, it felt less than shooting 235gr bullets @ 2700. Second, the 3 shots were done quite quickly and the barrel was just warm. Wondering if the bore-rider design is a factor. I also shot Peregrines out of my 30-06 today and noticed the recoil and barrel heat were both much less than I expected.

Removed the scope and tried to shoot with the open sights. Couldn't see the front sight! The eyes are aging and will have to wear glasses if I want to shoot with the irons.
Very nice and don't worry, as we get older we tend to do such things.

An inch right or left of center is still a very dead animal.

As to the Peregrines, after four decades of loading and shooting other name brand/high end bullets I have gone to the Peregrines exclusively as long as Alliwynn can keep sending them.

I've shot them almost exclusively now since returning from Africa 2.5 years ago and have found them to be the finest, most consistent bullets I've ever used shooting them in a dozen different rifles of a half dozen calibers. Mostly in .260 Rem, 7mm STW, .300wm, and 300 Rum.

I'm waiting on some prototypes in all of those calibers plus a new VLR in .375 they are working on.

Phenomenal performance all around and very good accuracy in all of my rifles both off the shelf and custom.
 

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Very nice and don't worry, as we get older we tend to do such things.

An inch right or left of center is still a very dead animal.

As to the Peregrines, after four decades of loading and shooting other name brand/high end bullets I have gone to the Peregrines exclusively as long as Alliwynn can keep sending them.

I've shot them almost exclusively now since returning from Africa 2.5 years ago and have found them to be the finest, most consistent bullets I've ever used shooting them in a dozen different rifles of a half dozen calibers. Mostly in .260 Rem, 7mm STW, .300wm, and 300 Rum.

I'm waiting on some prototypes in all of those calibers plus a new VLR in .375 they are working on.

Phenomenal performance all around and very good accuracy in all of my rifles both off the shelf and custom.

The 165 gr Peregrines seem to be shooting well in my 30-06, hopefully will get a chance to try some groups this weekend or next. I posted some pics in the small caliber forum.

I need to come up with a better front rest, I've screwed up too many groups as the bag shifts and the forend walks. I don't like to break my shooting position and reset as that is not a consistent way to shoot small groups either. I may make a different front bag to try and avoid the problem...or make it worse!
 

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Been there too. I make my own now out of recycled lead shot bags filled with sand.

A couple laid horizontal, then two laid inline with the rifle and it works great for me.

If needed you can use six to stack them higher.

I also use one that's half filled and sewn in 1.5 strips criss crossing it so I can roll it up lengthwise to get the perfect rear bag fit.

Check your PM's.
 

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Been there too. I make my own now out of recycled lead shot bags filled with sand.

A couple laid horizontal, then two laid inline with the rifle and it works great for me.

If needed you can use six to stack them higher.

I also use one that's half filled and sewn in 1.5 strips criss crossing it so I can roll it up lengthwise to get the perfect rear bag fit.

Check your PM's.
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