- Oct 12, 2010
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Seriously I have fought off the urge to by a 2nd .375 multiple times. But for me it is a matter of function.
I have a Model 70 Super Express. It is a great gun. Great looking, shoots easy since it weighs 10lbs scoped, loaded and with a sling. It screams "Africa" which is why I bought it a couple decades before I ever hunted DG...or was even sure I would. I just wanted to.
But I would hate to take that gun in really shitty weather, like bear hunting in Alaska...rain, salt spray, banging thorough wet vegetation etc. Or Moose hunting in Newfoundland.
I long for a .375 in Stainless with a synthetic stock that is practical if not "beautiful". I wouldn't abuse it, but it would low maintenance compare to my Super Express. And lighter. Want something more in the 8.5-9 lb range all in even if it thumps a little more. I mean, you carry them more than you shoot them and other than getting the scope sighted in on the bench, you are shooting from more recoil tolerant positions. I don't shoot guns bigger than a .300 prone
I have a .375 H&H Kimber Talkeetna, had the barrel cut down from 24” to 20”, barrel retapered, with a Leupold 2.5x8 scope it weighs 7lbs 11oz. Sweet rifle when you’re carrying it! When I go to the range I attach a muzzle brake and slip on a Limbsaver butt pad, it’s a real pleasure to shoot. When hunting, I remove those 2 things and I honestly don’t feel the recoil as much as you’d think you would.