This is a real get it right year for me since starting in 2009 I will be starting some serious hunts. I will have four rifles to do it all. My 257-300Wby will be used for coyote, varmints and target fun. My 270-300Wby will be used for the real business with everything from deer to moose. And starting next November I will be assembling the parts for my final build which will be a Mark V, 20” barrel with a brake, set in a B&C Metalist camo stock that is now on my 257-300Wby, with a low power Zeiss , shooting the classic 375 H&H cartridge. The 375 H&H will be my world class rifle for anything that has an attitude and would stomp, gore, bit or eat me, especially when hunting up close. I have already talked about the details with my Gun Smith and we will put a green and black web B&C Metalist stock on my 257-300Wby. My Smith says I will be able to get 2500fps out of a 20” barrel with a 300gr bullet in a 375 H&H.
This rifle will also take over the duty of my 350 Rem mag with a 20” barrel that I have bought recently to use in the thick cover down here in Mississippi. Long barreled rifles get in the way and are snagged easily in vines and underbrush and cannot be brought to bear rapidly. A short rifle is needed here to work not only on the ground due to cover, but from a tree stand where a quick response in different directions is needed on the spur of the moment. My Smith understands how to tweak and put together Mark V rifles which is evident in a 300Wby he made and the 257-300Wby, both being very accurate rifles. This way I do not have to pick between 10-15 rifles to do the job, just four to take anything from coyote to whatever I want. The 375 H&H will allow me ready access no matter where I am in the world to ammo if my hand loads are lost or forgotten and is accepted in most country’s of the world as a legal cartridge to use on big and dangerous game.
Being 59years old, I need to get down to the business of hunting and have the rifle situation solved and in place. I use to own a lot of guns but don’t like to be divided in my loyalty, having to choose between many cartridges and rifles as well as not liking a lot of clutter in reloading supplies and equipment at this point in my life. So it is time to keep it simple and down size the inventory, which I have done over the last 14 months. With a 300gr bullet and 77.5grs of WW760 will give 2500fps out of a 20" barrel and 67grs will give 2450fps out of a 20" barrel with H4895. That is still real good close up medicine for big bad stuff and sure fire death for the average big game at short and moderate distance. I just thought the 375 H&H would be more a efficient round for a short barrel than some of the super fast big bores. I have always admired the classic 375 H&H and ready ammo was also a consideration. Up close with short shots in cover and looking for possible wounded game the 375 H&H has enough energy up close to provide a good balance between energy and momentum to be sufficient and I have a real short handy rifle with lots of power. It still gives me over 4100ft pounds and this creates a good balance between energy and momentum with the 300gr bullet. Plus, I have two other very fast cartridges and will have a big up close thumper along with my 350 Rem Mag.
This choice allows me something from both worlds of thought that have been successful in the field. I have good company in having something from both worlds of thought and field experience, from Roy Weahterby to Elmer Keith and a whole bunch of others. I am planning some hunting trips one to Alaska and one to Africa (Tanzania). To Alaska with my brother and Tanzania with a co-worker. Also to Arizona each year as long as I am able to hunt. I will take one in 2009 and one in 2010 or 2011. I can not afford to do two big hunting trips in one year with going to Arizona each year which is my tradition. I only have off time and money enough to do one other big trip a year besides Arizona. I will have to borrow some for the Tanzania trip. Life is short and I have dreams I am pursuing and the day I stop dreaming is the day I am dead or in a nursing home. Here are some pictures again of the 350 Rem Mag I will use and put a Weaver on until I build the 375 H&H. My scope will be in this Friday or next Monday for my 350 Rem Mag.
Mod 7 350 Rem Mag that I have shown on another thread.