Hunting with 38-55/375?

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by WhelanLad, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. WhelanLad

    WhelanLad New Member

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    any of you hunt with either of these rounds?
    whats your velocity of your loads?
    whats your average shot range?
    what gr Pill?

    thanks
    WL
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I used to hunt with a Winchester Hiwall in 38-55. I just used factory loads when hunting as they shot good enough for the 100 yards or less that I limited myself to. Yes it worked fine on mule deer.
     

  3. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    Years ago I killed a bull elk with a 38-55 with cast lead slugs and shot on mule deer buck with jacketed ammo. Both lung shot and both died quickly.
     
  4. WhelanLad

    WhelanLad New Member

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    Nice!!
    good to see some guys using these calibres.
    My 375 isnt loaded very warm an spits em out at hot 38-55 velocitys..

    will add a bit more pepper at a later date, for now plinking an inside 100 its alright
     
  5. gunsmoke11

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    I have both those calibers and as far as ballistics are concerned I really never think about it and I use whatever ammo I can get off the shelf. I realize that doesn't make for good conversation regarding the subject, but I leave the writers in gun magazines to worry about that kind of stuff. When I walk over to the game I've dropped it certainly won't ask me what killed it.

    The 38-55 regardless of bullet weight, or velocity is more than capable of taking out a deer, or even larger game like an elk, which I've never hunted, but would have loved to. The woods are dense and I'd say on the average a deer pops up less than 50 yards away. Now the biggy the .375 H&H. My H & H 375NE is also fantastic as well, but too costly for me to drag through the woods. I love the .375 H&H and love shooting it every so often. If it's good enough to take elephant, or any other dangerous big game in the world then what more is there to say. I'm sure many experts on the forum could be very informative and will certainly share some of their expertise regarding ballistics, etc.. I have my .375 H&H specifically for bear, but unfortunately never seen the damn things while hunting them. They tend to pop up when least expected.

    Both calibers are proven to be very capable. Here's a couple of mine. This is a '94Winchester SRC in 38-55 mfg in the 20's that put meat on the table to feed the original owner's family in the good old days when it was really depended on. It's been good to me as well and a pleasure to carry in the woods.
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    This is a custom German mauser .375 H&H, re-barreled w/ matted receiver by Griffin & Howe after WWII with an engraved G&H mount and rings, Lyman Alaskan 2 1/2 power scope and double set triggers. It has a spoon bolt and one raised and one folding rear sight.
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  6. WhelanLad

    WhelanLad New Member

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    Hey bud, sorry about the cobfusion but the .375 is in regards to the brother of the 38-55, the 375 Winchester round.

    same same but different to each other in regards to Velocity an Pressure.

    Thanks though!
     
  7. gunsmoke11

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    No it's my fault. I've been trying to tie down everything by my home due to the hurricane coming and I'm wrecked to the point of exhaustion. I love the big guns, especially the British express rifles, so I assumed you meant an H&H. I'm out of it today.
     
  8. WhelanLad

    WhelanLad New Member

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    Mate , only just today I heard on our Radio about the Hurricane situation you guys are faced with right now,
    Sending out Love , Good vibes an well wishes to everyone for the next few days!!!

    take care!
    WL
     
  9. gunsmoke11

    gunsmoke11 New Member

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    Thanks for your kind thoughts. We're praying that this turns out to be less of a disaster than has been predicted.
     
  10. WhelanLad

    WhelanLad New Member

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    Sooo. I got a Lee factory crimp an crimped all my pills in,
    shot the Rifle an its shooting "good enough", Na in all honesty it hasnt shot this consistant / accuratr since ive owned it..

    Now its ready to Sit an wait n hopefully connect with a big animal this comin weeks.

    Its a Mild load I suspect around 1800fps but the Williams peep is adjusted for these 220hornies an a range of 100+-an im Happy!
     
  11. WhelanLad

    WhelanLad New Member

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    My loads killed a deer few days ago, a young Sambar deer.
    tad under 100m , in an out, horn 220 showed expansion.
    Very pleased at this stage.
     

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  12. WhelanLad

    WhelanLad New Member

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    Bit of an update since starting this post a while ago..

    Seems the mild loads 1800fps or so in the .375win work fine.

    Heres 3 different deer I've shot with it in the past month.


    Spikey 1 was shot from 100ms angling away, projectile entered but did not exit.
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    Hind was shot from 35/40ms as it was walking slightly toward an to my left, 1st shot Lung but did not exit, needed follow up to put down.
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    Spikey 2 was shot from 20ms complete pass through double lung deer walked off 20ms an died.
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    All shot with 28gr 2207 & Hornady 220gr FN .375 projectiles.

    Thanks
    WL