- May 6, 2014
- Reaction score
- Nacogdoches, TX
- Member of
- SCI, Pineywoods SCI, NAHC, TTH
- USA, South Africa (Eastern Cape)
I went to the semi-local gun range yesterday afternoon to test my NEW-TO-ME .375 H&H Magnum purchased through the AH classified section http://www.africahunting.com/threads/remington-700-375-h-h.24234/
Some initial observation prior to the shooting range:
- the gun was everything promised and the transaction went very well. If Passport list a gun you are interested in, I would highly recommend him as a trustable person who will do everything that he says he will.
- Damn, this thing is light … 7.8 lbs … even with the porting, I think that is going to come back and bite me!!!!!
- Choosing a Remington 700 for my DG rifle was the right choice! This is my fifth 700 and the gun just feels good when I shoulder it, when I load it, and the trigger is indistinguishable (by me) from the 300 WM that is my current go to deer and hog rifle. I have 1000s of rounds and 100s of times loading and unloading in the dark with the 700. I don’t have any interest in unlearning all that!
- Expensive ammo – was able to find some ~$48 Federal 300 gr PowerShock on Cheaper Than Dirt that should work to get me started.
- I inadvertently started typing this thread under Firearms & Ammunition before it occurred to me that I should be in the .375 & Up thread … I now own a true African rifle J!
- The idiot who first suggested that a 375 H&H Magnum’s recoil was more of a push than the sharp recoil of … say … a 300 WM is a lying sack of shit. If you can find the culprit, they can come to Nacogdoches, TX and shot my 7.8 lb jewell off the bench wand tell me that a .375 H&H Magnum is only pushing!!
- The rifle was presented as not having been shot. This was probably true as I didn’t take the time to bore site it and just took it to the range as quickly as I could. It ultimately was about 4 inches high (OK) and 14 inches left (less OK as I didn’t have a 28 inch wide target).
- After shooting 3 shots at the bulls eye without catching the paper, I proceeded to shot at the top, bottom, left, and right edges in that order. Of course, the last one I tried before pulling the bolt and East Texas bore sighting it worked (couldn’t have tried the right edge first!). So, after only 7 shots of a gentle push, I was on paper!!!! That was OK as I needed a little trigger time to get me and the gun warmed up.
- I was able to get it sighted in and shoot a couple of 3 shot groups … which exhausted my first 20 round box … which seemed like a good place to stop as I still needed my shoulder to do things like drive home and type up this report (see point 2!).
- The first group was about 1 ½ inches and the second group was 1 ¼ inches (pasted below) … perfectly acceptable for a first range trip with over-the-counter ammo.
- The gun was a BIG hit at the shooting range!!! After the first shot, I happened to look up and all 6 shooters on the range were staring at me. They were mostly shooting ARs, I assume, in 5.56. Most of them came over to see what the hell I was shooting before they left. I offered to let a couple of them shoot it and they declined J!