What about the 300 H&H ???

cavtrooper94

AH member
Joined
Mar 23, 2011
Messages
17
Reaction score
12
Hunted
Missouri, Texas, Kentucky, Alaska
I'm new to the site and have been looking at all the recommendations for African Rifles. I figure my first trip will be a PG safari so I been looking into a rifle to dedicate solely to hunting African PG. I have seen a lot of good recommendations but I never saw the 300 H&H mentioned. I was thinking of building a 300 H&H and have it push a good 180 gr bullet. This should take damn near anything right? I know a 30-06 will do most anything the old H&H will do, but the H&H head stamp just screams SAFARI. What do you guys think?

I have three rifles in mind for tackling Africa. A 300 H&H for PG and any antelope, 375 H&H for anything big or dangerous, and a 6x45 for the tiny ten and any varmints.
 

PHOENIX PHIL

AH ambassador
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
9,291
Reaction score
7,849
Media
54
Articles
2
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
2
Member of
SCI
Hunted
USA, S. Africa
I'm new to the site and have been looking at all the recommendations for African Rifles. I figure my first trip will be a PG safari so I been looking into a rifle to dedicate solely to hunting African PG. I have seen a lot of good recommendations but I never saw the 300 H&H mentioned. I was thinking of building a 300 H&H and have it push a good 180 gr bullet. This should take damn near anything right? I know a 30-06 will do most anything the old H&H will do, but the H&H head stamp just screams SAFARI. What do you guys think?

I have three rifles in mind for tackling Africa. A 300 H&H for PG and any antelope, 375 H&H for anything big or dangerous, and a 6x45 for the tiny ten and any varmints.

Not much doubt in my mind that the 300H&H will get it done for all plains game with the only concern I'd have would be on Eland although I'm sure smaller calibers have been used on the big fellows. I took my .300 Win Mag last year and it was plenty fine on the Kudu I shot. The H&H and the Win Mag have pretty similar ballistics. As far as bullet weight I'd try out both 180 and 200 grain weights and if the 200 shoots as accurately or as well as the 180, I'd go with the heavier bullet.

I may be mistaken, but I think most of the African countries limit you to two rifles. If that's the case, I'd take the 300 and the 375 and leave the 6x45 at home.
 

cavtrooper94

AH member
Joined
Mar 23, 2011
Messages
17
Reaction score
12
Hunted
Missouri, Texas, Kentucky, Alaska
I understand I can't take all three with me at once, but when I go I plan to have an agenda of what I will go after. This will allow me to choose which rifles to take.
 

enysse

AH ambassador
Joined
Jan 20, 2009
Messages
11,762
Reaction score
4,348
Media
136
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
1
Member of
Northeast Wisconsin SCI chapter, Lifetime member of NRA,RMEF
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa (East Cape, Guateng and Limpopo)
I have no problem with your choices they sensible and smart.
 

sestoppelman

AH ambassador
Joined
Apr 25, 2010
Messages
7,602
Reaction score
7,423
Media
171
Articles
2
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Member of
NRA, NA Hunt Club
Hunted
Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe (2), Namibia (2), South Africa (2)
My brother used one in Namibia on plains game, biggest was kudu and blue wildebeest. One shots on all but the blue, which took 4 I think. Used 200 gr Nosler Partitions moving out at over 2850 fps. Its a great classic cartridge for Africa.
 

KMG Hunting Safaris

Sponsor
Since 2013
AH ambassador
Reviews
18
Joined
Jul 9, 2010
Messages
5,677
Reaction score
7,301
Location
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Website
www.huntsafaris.co.za
Media
1,153
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
5
Australia/NZ
1
Member of
DSC Life Member ; Eastern Cape Game Management Association ; PE Pistol and Rifle Club
Hunted
South Africa, Namibia, New Zealand, USA, Canada
Hi cavtrooper94!

First of all welcome to the forum. I have no doubt in my mind that the 300 H&H will work on any of your plains game. As long as you are comfortable with the rifle and put the shot in the right place, you should have no problems.

Best Regards
Marius Goosen
KMG Hunting Safaris
 

Uncompahgre

AH senior member
Joined
Mar 15, 2011
Messages
80
Reaction score
38
Media
25
Member of
SCI, NRA, RMEF & CBA
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa, Finland & USA
The 300 H&H is very nostalgic and as you say, "screams SAFARI". I have a custom 300 H&H and thoroughly enjoy it. I load mine with 180 grain North Fork bullets and they have performed extremely well on elk and PG. One issue I have run into is the quality of unfired brass from Remington and Winchester. The brass is undersized to the point I have had to fire form it to have it come even reasonably close to SAMI specs. It is that bad. If you get a 300 H&H I suggest you purchase either Nosler or Norma brass to do your reloading with.
 

cavtrooper94

AH member
Joined
Mar 23, 2011
Messages
17
Reaction score
12
Hunted
Missouri, Texas, Kentucky, Alaska
What would you guys think of a two gun arsenal, a 375 H&H and a 7x57? What would the 7x57 not be big enough for, except Eland I'm tracking that one.
 

enysse

AH ambassador
Joined
Jan 20, 2009
Messages
11,762
Reaction score
4,348
Media
136
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
1
Member of
Northeast Wisconsin SCI chapter, Lifetime member of NRA,RMEF
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa (East Cape, Guateng and Limpopo)
I think your choice is a fine one!:)
 

35bore

AH legend
Joined
Apr 17, 2009
Messages
2,402
Reaction score
877
Media
74
Member of
NRA,Missouri hunters ed, SCI, Owensville Gun Club, Quail Forever
Hunted
USA, South Africa, France
Excellent choice.
 

Oldsarge

AH member
Joined
Jul 11, 2010
Messages
15
Reaction score
9
Member of
NRA, SCI
Hunted
Mozambique, RSA, Zimbabwe
What would you guys think of a two gun arsenal, a 375 H&H and a 7x57? What would the 7x57 not be big enough for, except Eland I'm tracking that one.

Those would work just fine. In fact, you could just as well leave the 7x57 home and shoot everything with the .375. I've done it as has my partner and we took everything from bushpig up to eland with it. Still, the 7mm is a fine cartridge. I would just be sure to load fairly heavy bullets in it. You don't need the flat trajectory in Africa, the ranges aren't long, and for something the size of kudu or zebra, 160-175's give you a lot more security, IMO.
 

Pancho

AH member
Joined
Jul 25, 2009
Messages
32
Reaction score
10
Member of
Life Member of NRA & SCI
Ol Sarge is correct, you can shoot everything with the 375. But, since you started out asking about the 300 H&H, why not go with a 300 & 375. Now you're really showing class cartridge selection.
 

KMG Hunting Safaris

Sponsor
Since 2013
AH ambassador
Reviews
18
Joined
Jul 9, 2010
Messages
5,677
Reaction score
7,301
Location
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Website
www.huntsafaris.co.za
Media
1,153
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
5
Australia/NZ
1
Member of
DSC Life Member ; Eastern Cape Game Management Association ; PE Pistol and Rifle Club
Hunted
South Africa, Namibia, New Zealand, USA, Canada
Ol Sarge is correct, you can shoot everything with the 375. But, since you started out asking about the 300 H&H, why not go with a 300 & 375. Now you're really showing class cartridge selection.

In that case, fellas, just go with the .375 and save on the space. Loaded with 235 or 250 gr'ers, the 300 win mag, wont do anything that the H&H cant do.
 

LRich

AH senior member
Joined
May 8, 2011
Messages
77
Reaction score
27
My 300 H&H pre 64 Winchester Super Grade loves 200 gr TSX's. Larry at Superior loaded them for me and they are extremely accurate. Good luck.
 

TerryR

AH veteran
Joined
May 7, 2009
Messages
112
Reaction score
23
Media
10
Member of
SCI, DSC
7X57 plus 375 or 300 H&H plus 375 ? you can't go wrong with either. Normally I say take the one that you shoot the best, but if you are comfortable with the 375 that you will be fine with the 300. Everyone is comfortable with a 7X57. Take the combination that floats your boat.
 

VonJager

AH enthusiast
Joined
Dec 24, 2009
Messages
258
Reaction score
226
Media
3
Hunting reports
Africa
2
Member of
SCI Life, DSC, NRA Life, WSF Life
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa.
I took a Ruger #1 in 300 H&H to Namibia in May 2011. I used 200gr Nosler Partitions in handloads developed by my FFL dealer. My brother also came with me and he took a Ruger African in .300 Win Mag using Remington "safari grade" 200gr Swift A-frames. He got one shot kills on Kudu and Gemsbok, and I got one shot kills on Kudu, Gemsbok, and Red Hartebeest.
 

lwaters

Bronze supporter
AH legend
Joined
May 20, 2011
Messages
2,030
Reaction score
2,176
Location
Manhattan Kansas
Media
117
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
4
USA/Canada
1
Australia/NZ
1
Member of
SCI
Hunted
Texas,Namibia,Kansas, Missouri, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, South Africa, New Zealand
You can push the 220 grain Nosler Partition out of a 300 H&H at a little over 2600fps. That would most likely do an eland in. I would be real happy to hunt all the plains game with the 300H&H and the 7x57 as a two gun battery.
 

LRich

AH senior member
Joined
May 8, 2011
Messages
77
Reaction score
27
Uncompahugre,

what is the barrel length on your 300 H&H?

Have you ever shot 200 gr bullets in it?
 

Uncompahgre

AH senior member
Joined
Mar 15, 2011
Messages
80
Reaction score
38
Media
25
Member of
SCI, NRA, RMEF & CBA
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa, Finland & USA
I have a Lilja 25 inch stainless steel barrel on my 300 H&H. It was bead blasted to give it a very dull gray finish. I only shoot 180 grain North Fork bullets through it. My current load pushes them at 3,000+ and groups under .75 inch MOA when I do my part. No, I have never shot 200 grain bullets in this rifle nor do I intend to. I have 338 Win Mag that I load 215 to 225 grain bullets in it.
 

Forum statistics

Threads
37,355
Messages
712,148
Members
66,550
Latest member
Christall
 

 

 

Latest profile posts

Good day, I'm Christall and I just recently got my Professional Hunting License. I am based in the Limpopo province of South Africa. I am looking for the opportunity to work with a Professional hunter for experience, maybe as a camera girl, or anything possible. I am competent, but unfortunately I do not have any weapons on my name. Hopefully planning on changing that soon. Anyone can contact me on 0718963732.
Matt W wrote on Jody's profile.
Hi Jody,
I have been looking for ideas on the best way to display my European mounts from Africa. I came across some of your shield work and was wondering if you would be willing to make one for me? If so, please let me know the cost. I like the shield with the two spears that you built for a member years ago. Thanks.
cal pappas wrote on Mnelson2's profile.
Nelson. Is this message a PM format. I want to send you my email, but don't know if this is the cirrect way to do it. I'm at <pappas@mtaonline.net> Send me an email with your phone and I will call you about a skull I have. I went to school in Boston and am from Bernardston in the west part of the state. Moved to Alaska in 1984 adn never looked back.
BeeMaa wrote on Justbryan's profile.
Sold a Blaser scope mount to him. He was a pleasure to do business with.
BeeMaa wrote on 375Fox's profile.
Sold a Blaser scope mount to him. Was a pleasure to do business with.
 
Top