Montana AVR SS 375 H & H

Discussion in '.375 & Up' started by Franko, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. Franko

    Franko AH Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2018
    Messages:
    28
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    13
    Hi Everyone,

    I sold my CZ 550 416 Rigby before firing it - I have a hand injury and figured I should walk before I run as I venture into the bigger calibres - and picked up a Montana Rifle Co 375 H&H. Fine looking rifle, CRF is smooth ( without loaded rounds ) balance is great, although the stock will need lengthening which is normal for me at 6'4". But the one thing I really want to change are the open sights. The rifle mounts well and I can use them, but they are very "fine", not what I would call sights for a dangerous game rifle.

    So, I'm searching for opinions here as to what might be an option to replace these sights with. I'm in Australia and may be limited in what my 'smiths can source without breaking the bank, but would love to hear what people think. The sights on the CZ were great and I'd love something similar, all be it in a one leaf rear sight.
     

  2. BeeMaa

    BeeMaa AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2017
    Messages:
    954
    Video/Photo:
    33
    Likes Received:
    809
    Location:
    Eastern US
    Member of:
    NRA Life Member, SCI
    Hunted:
    Eastern US & RSA
    Welcome to AH.
    As a matter of protocol the membership here requires photographic evidence of each and every firearm purchase. (y)

    Congrats on the new rifle.
    Not sure if NECG is accessible to you in AUS, but they are worth a look.
    https://www.newenglandcustomgun.com/
     

    Attached Files:

    Bullthrower338 likes this.

  3. Ridgewalker

    Ridgewalker AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Messages:
    4,279
    Video/Photo:
    178
    Likes Received:
    3,902
    Location:
    Colorado
    Hunted:
    South Africa: Limpopo, Northwest; USA: Ak, Mt, Wy, Co, Ne, Ks, Nv, NM, Tx
    Franko, I have an MRC in 375 H&H and I’ll have to agree about the fine sights. Hard to see with my old eyes. I’m a believer in illuminated reticles in scopes and light pipes in open sights. I haven’t researched them yet, but you just reminded me I need to do that.
    Both of these show up well in sun and low light times.

    Best of luck in your research!
     
    Red Leg and BeeMaa like this.

  4. Franko

    Franko AH Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2018
    Messages:
    28
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    13
    MRC 375 H&H.jpg

    Here's a pic. Hard to see the sights....
     

  5. Franko

    Franko AH Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2018
    Messages:
    28
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    13
    Ridgewalker, what are light pipes? Fibre optics?
     

  6. Ridgewalker

    Ridgewalker AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Messages:
    4,279
    Video/Photo:
    178
    Likes Received:
    3,902
    Location:
    Colorado
    Hunted:
    South Africa: Limpopo, Northwest; USA: Ak, Mt, Wy, Co, Ne, Ks, Nv, NM, Tx
    Yes fiber optics. Older term for them. Sorry, I should catch up with the times.:(
     
    Red Leg likes this.

  7. BeeMaa

    BeeMaa AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2017
    Messages:
    954
    Video/Photo:
    33
    Likes Received:
    809
    Location:
    Eastern US
    Member of:
    NRA Life Member, SCI
    Hunted:
    Eastern US & RSA
    Have you given any consideration to a Red Dot or Reflex type sight?
    I know they are not very traditional looking, but for some they work very well.
     
    Ridgewalker likes this.

  8. PaulT

    PaulT AH Elite

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2010
    Messages:
    1,091
    Video/Photo:
    145
    Likes Received:
    599
    Member of:
    S.C.I. International. Rowland Ward. Sporting shooters Association of Australia. Australian Deer Association.
    Hunted:
    Aus. N.Z & Zim.
    Franko, that's a very nice .375.

    I have NECG opens on my big bores, not sure if you could get them posted to you and then installed here by a local smith.
    Maybe try Rob Devries of Kudu Gunsmithing or Pro-cal trading.

    To get the best from that rifle and cartridge I think you need to consider a good quality scope. I recently purchased a Leupold VX5 Hog plex firedot which would suit this rifle very well.
    The .375 is a very versatile cartridge.
     

  9. Newboomer

    Newboomer GOLD SUPPORTER AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2016
    Messages:
    679
    Video/Photo:
    12
    Likes Received:
    787
    Member of:
    NRA, SCI, American Legion, Freemasons
    Hunted:
    RSA, Maine, Montana, Colorado, Texas, Alaska, California.
    Excellent choice in rifles. I have an MRC 30-06 and love it. What are you planning to hunt? Dg, pg? Might make a difference in optics, red dot or reflex. My 375 carries a Leupold VXR 3-9x40 illuminated reticle and works well for all game.
     
    BeeMaa likes this.

  10. BeeMaa

    BeeMaa AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2017
    Messages:
    954
    Video/Photo:
    33
    Likes Received:
    809
    Location:
    Eastern US
    Member of:
    NRA Life Member, SCI
    Hunted:
    Eastern US & RSA
    Maybe mount the scope on QD mounts so you can still use the irons or a red dot/reflex.
    Best of both worlds.

    My 375H&H CZ has a Leupold VX3i 1.5-5x20 in Warne QD rings, but I'll be upgrading to a Swaro Z8i 1-8x24 this winter.
    When I was on safari I never took the scope off, only dialed it back to 1.5 power and it worked for what I was doing.
    That said, I would have liked a little more magnification for the over 200 yard to 300 yard shots.
    And next time I'll be hunting DG, so (most likely) the irons will be getting used.
     
    Ridgewalker likes this.

  11. Franko

    Franko AH Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2018
    Messages:
    28
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    13
    Thanks all. Will definitely have QD mounts with a 1-4 scope. Not looking to use it at range, first step is Buff in Northern Australia, then I hope to head to Africa for the real Buff. One step at a time though!

    Paul, I'm in Melbourne so will talk to Kudu. Thanks.
     
    Ridgewalker likes this.

  12. Ridgewalker

    Ridgewalker AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Messages:
    4,279
    Video/Photo:
    178
    Likes Received:
    3,902
    Location:
    Colorado
    Hunted:
    South Africa: Limpopo, Northwest; USA: Ak, Mt, Wy, Co, Ne, Ks, Nv, NM, Tx
    Franko, just an FYI to get you started. In 300 grain factory loads my MRC shoots under MOA using any of the following:
    Swift A-Frame (but very expensive)
    Federal with Swift A-Frame
    Barnes VorTX TSX
    If it needs to get done, any of these should do it. But if you reload, lots of other options!
    Privilege Partisan (PPU) 300 gr are a good cheap ammo to practice with. The brass seems to work OK for reloading.
    Best of luck!
     

  13. Franko

    Franko AH Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2018
    Messages:
    28
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    13
    Thanks Ridgewalker! Factory ammo is very expensive down here so I might sight in with some PPU stuff and then reload some Woodleighs.
     
    Ridgewalker likes this.

  14. Franko

    Franko AH Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2018
    Messages:
    28
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    13
    Ridgewalker, which MRC model do you have?
    Frank
     
    Ridgewalker likes this.

  15. Ridgewalker

    Ridgewalker AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Messages:
    4,279
    Video/Photo:
    178
    Likes Received:
    3,902
    Location:
    Colorado
    Hunted:
    South Africa: Limpopo, Northwest; USA: Ak, Mt, Wy, Co, Ne, Ks, Nv, NM, Tx
    I have the stainless steel synthetic stock version. I think they call it the CBSE (Colorado Buck Special Edition). I ordered it when I got a torn retina because it came with a muzzle brake and Cerakote. I’ve hunted on the coast of Alaska and saw what it will do to a fine blued wood stocked rifle, so I wanted to be ready when/if I returned.
     

  16. tarbe

    tarbe AH ENABLER AH Legend

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2014
    Messages:
    3,398
    Video/Photo:
    45
    Likes Received:
    4,617
    Location:
    Houston, TX and Romance, MO
    Member of:
    NRA Life, Handloaders Anonymous
    Hunted:
    USA, South Africa, Zimbabwe
    Nah. Catching up with the times is overrated!! :)
     
    Bullthrower338 and Ridgewalker like this.

  17. nksmfamjp

    nksmfamjp AH Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2019
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    24
    Very nice looking rifle....nice wood!

    Can you post the weight?

    Also, how was it bedded? Pics would be great.
     

  18. Franko

    Franko AH Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2018
    Messages:
    28
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    13
    I don’t have it yet, but should do in the next few days so will report back.
     

  19. Ridgewalker

    Ridgewalker AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2016
    Messages:
    4,279
    Video/Photo:
    178
    Likes Received:
    3,902
    Location:
    Colorado
    Hunted:
    South Africa: Limpopo, Northwest; USA: Ak, Mt, Wy, Co, Ne, Ks, Nv, NM, Tx
    Just an FYI, they are all (synthetic and wood stocked alike) “aluminum pillar & glass bedded” according to their brochure.
     

  20. Bullthrower338

    Bullthrower338 AH ENABLER AH Legend

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2014
    Messages:
    3,310
    Video/Photo:
    87
    Likes Received:
    6,246
    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, Australia NT
    Franko,
    I agree with you that the Marble sights are not what should be on that rifle, they are fine for a back up sight on your deer rifle but have no place on a DG rifle. The AVR is a great rifle! I have one chambered in 300 H&H. I would like to change the sights also but I cal live with them on a 300.
    The price of anything gun in OZ blew me away! Some 300 A-Frames should smash some buff up north perfectly!
     

Share This Page

 
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice