The .300 H&H

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Anyone have any pet loads for the .300H&H using Nosler bullets?
200 grain Partition
200 grain Accubond
180 grain Partition
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My Pre 64 Winchester M 70 loves the 200gr ELD.......that big black dot is 3 rounds at 300YDS on this 8 inch gong. I love my rifle. 67.5 grains of 4831.
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300 H&H Magnum, my favorite super thirty

We all have a favorite hunting caliber, the reasons behind your choice favorite can be many. Mine is the .300 H&H Magnum.

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This rifle has been in my family for a long time, the story goes that my grandfather bought this rifle in the pharmacy in Brits for 70 pounds. He bought the Sako with 40 rounds of Kynoch ammunition, when the gun was passed to me in 2001 it still had 38 Kynoch rounds left. It is one of very few Sako rifles that was built on a k98 magnum length Action. I think what i like most about the H&H is not the fact that it is very versatile and that it has one of the best-looking cartridges of all time. I like it because it’s kind of rare and not everyone has one.

This caliber was designed by Holland&Holland in 1925 as the super 30, it is based on the .375 H&H case necked down to .308 caliber. It was designed for shooting 180gr -220gr bullets at longer range and for everything right up to mouse and eland. For me it has proved to be a very good all-round rifle for both plains and bushveld situations. For at least 5 years as a young PH my .300 H&H was my only rifle, this meant that the rifle worked extremely hard, it was used for culling, problem animal control, back up rifle for wounded plains game and was also used by clients when they did not bring their own.

Over the years I have experimented with several different load combinations of bullet makes and weights. The best results I had for accuracy and effectiveness was with Hornady 190 gr interlocks. My rifle just liked this bullet. Sadly as far as I could find out Hornady stopped making the 190gr interlock , I have bought all the stock in south Africa that I could find and have enough stock to last me a year or 3 but I dread the day I will run out.

There are few Hunting memories that stand out with my Sako, the first is a trip down to the eastern Cape with my Dad to go hunt in the Bathurst area. We were looking for wildebeest , and our guide spotted a group of bulls on a hillside, we sneaked up to the bulls but we could not get any closer because of the open terrain on the hill sides, I was not accustomed to the area and was used to judging distance in the flat bush veld of Thabazimbi so I referred to our guide. He guesstimated the range at around 300 meters. There was no usable rest to shoot from so I went prone and rested the rifle on a slight bump on the hillside, I used my scope’s reticule to adjust for the hold over for the range given. When I felt comfortable and steady, I squeezed the trigger and I lost sight of the bull with the recoil. When I regained the sight picture i could see the wildebeest lying dead in his tracks, he fell right where he was. There was loud cheering from my Dad and our guide. It took us a while to make our way to the opposite hill where the bull was, when we got there, we found that the shot broke both shoulders right on the knoppe (tip of the shoulder)

Another great memory was a zebra I got to the hunt in the Mkuze Game reserve in Natal, back then I was working for Morongwa bush safaris, they owned a ranch in the Thabazimbi area. The owner bought some hunting packages on the Mkuze game reserve at an auction at the Phasa meeting.

I got to tag along on the trips because I had a professional hunters license for natal. There were 2 zebras available on the packages, and one of the clients did not want to hunt his, so the opportunity was given to me. We found a group of zebra moving across and opening in the natal bushveld, they were about to disappear in some thick stuff so i had to make a quick shot of the shooting sticks, I did not want to do a lengthy recovery in the thick bush so opted for spine shot to drop the stallion in the opening in the bush. At about 150 m we could hear the impact of the 190 gr Hornady Interlock clearly, and the zebra was down, the trackers were very happy for the easy recovery we could drive the land cruiser right up to the zebra.

The .300 H&H mag is not a very popular caliber these days with all the caliber choices that are available and is mostly only available in second hand guns or custom build guns. But there are still a few good ones around and the hunters who have them that I have met swear by them and love this classic caliber. I guided a hunter from the UK a couple of years back that had one in a beautiful Winchester pre-64 action. If you are looking to build that special rifle in a classic caliber to hunt anything from a dassie to a big blue eland bull this would be great caliber to consider, reloading components area still readily available and there are some good bullet choices available in the .308 cal. range.

May the original super 30 continue to make hunting memories for us as they are passed from one generation to the next, my son is 7 now, not so long from now will he will be hunting with his Great Grandfathers rifle.

Long live the 300 H&H magnums.
I have recently inherited a Pre64 Winchester 300 Magnum (circa1951) and love it. I wish I could find more brass. I 54 pieces that are on their 3rd reloads. 200gr ELDX with 71.6gr H4831 is the load for this old bangstick. It came from my dad with a 3x9 widefield accu trac. With a C dial. Nothing short amazing the fun I’ve had with this caliber. If anyone has a lead on brass, please let me know. Long live the Super 30
 

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Nice, what advantage does it have over .300wm?
Not knocking it but i have stuck with standard chamerings and readily available common cartridges so ive not looked at this cartridge
There is one small advantage no seems to have mentioned… with its tapered body and gentle sloping shoulder it should feed and extract better than the Winchester version. Unfortunately it’s disadvantage is it needs a magnum action or an opened up long action while the Winchester fits into a standard long action making it a far easier proposition for modern rifle manufacturers.
 
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I have recently inherited a Pre64 Winchester 300 Magnum (circa1951) and love it. I wish I could find more brass. I 54 pieces that are on their 3rd reloads. 200gr ELDX with 71.6gr H4831 is the load for this old bangstick. It came from my dad with a 3x9 widefield accu trac. With a C dial. Nothing short amazing the fun I’ve had with this caliber. If anyone has a lead on brass, please let me know. Long live the Super 30
I have hundreds of once fired brass i could send you some but it tricky from Africa
 

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Chris that's like asking what advantage does Rolls Royce have over a Holden.
Mate the H&H is all class and feeds like a newborn baby where as the 300 win mag is a blue collar worker, gets the job done, fairly common and lacking in class.
If this blue collar bloke could afford one he would have it any day over the win mag. It just oozes nostalgia and class it's a classic.
Cheers Chris
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There is just something about the old classics that no modern rifle or caliber can match. Just plain classy and they get the job done with panache.
 

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There is just something about the old classics that no modern rifle or caliber can match. Just plain classy and they get the job done with panache.
@Newboomer
A bit like us old fellas mate, plain classy and still get the job done. May be a bit slower than 40 year ago but we still have class.
That's why we have Whelens as well.
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A buddy of mine is helping a friend out with an estate sale. I was offered a push feed Super Thirty with a Leupold scope for $650.00. My buddy (who really knows his guns) said it looked like new. I passed on it. Did I screw up? BTW I already own two 300 Win Mags, a 300 Weatherby Mag in a prewar Mod 70, and a 308 Norma Mag.
 

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My favorite caliber. I've been cleaning out my safe over the last few months and I'm down to two Super Thirtys. I started the year with four but I sold a Ruger #1 and a Browning X-Bolt.

The two I have left are polar opposites of each other. One is a fully custom rifle I had built on a CZ550 receiver. It's built in the classic style. Dark walnut, blue steel, ebony fore end, express sights, etc. The other is a thoroughly modern Cooper M52 with a detachable magazine, no sights, synthetic stock, fluted bolt and fluted barrel. They only have two things in common. They're both 300H&H and they're both sub MOA.

There are some gorgeous rifles in this thread. Love seeing them and seeing the love for the Super Thirty.
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A buddy of mine is helping a friend out with an estate sale. I was offered a push feed Super Thirty with a Leupold scope for $650.00. My buddy (who really knows his guns) said it looked like new. I passed on it. Did I screw up? BTW I already own two 300 Win Mags, a 300 Weatherby Mag in a prewar Mod 70, and a 308 Norma Mag.
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Art you screwed up BIG TIME but we live and learn.
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All may not be lost, I just bought 6 boxes of factory 300 H&H ammo as part of a larger purchase. I just had to inquire about the rifle, it was sold yesterday.
 

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Anyone have any pet loads for the .300H&H using Nosler bullets?
200 grain Partition
200 grain Accubond
180 grain Partition
180 grain Accubond
68 grs of R22 with the 200 Partition for about 2850 in a 24" bbl. Real accurate load in several rifles.
 

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OK, here is mine. Mid 80's post 64 push feed Model 70. I believe this was part of a limited run by the Wammes Distributor Group of I think 1000 rifles, 250 with fancy wood, the rest standard. I think this one is too nice to be standard.
I bought one new when they came out, then later sold it of course, then a few years ago I found this on Gunjoker.
It shoots real well and though it is a push feed, its as slick as anything I own, feeds perfectly, even empty cases from the magazine and ejects like most M70 rifles, into the next area code if wanted.
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I have just received my license for my 300 H&H - it was a looooong wait but finally I have it in my eager grubby paws! I had no realistic need for the 300 H&H other than its a 300 H&H and I ve just wanted a rifle in that calibre & could not help it... It shoots really well.
Its built by Musgrave in RSA on a Bruno VZ24 action.
Have it scoped, zeroed @ 2" high at 100m and ready for action. (165gr GMX)
Summer is going to be a long wait for hunting season, but I have no doubt it will see some warthog & blesbuck action before then.
 

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Been looking at, owning and shooting BRNO rifles for years and I have yet to see one stamped BRUNO.
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