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375 Ruger

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Introduced in 2007, the 375 Ruger Compact Magnum (RCM) uses the same case as the 300 RCM. As such, it works in a standard-length action but owing to the significantly larger case (same diameter as the belt of standard belted magnums), it has similar usable capacity to the longer 375 H&H Magnum. Being a conventional rimless bottlenecked case, it also loads into a box magazine more easily and feeds through a typical bolt-action more smoothly than any belted-magnum round can.

Obviously, this makes it a superior choice over the 375 H&H in every possible category. While I am into nostalgic chamberings in a big way (the, circa 1885, 22 Hornet is among my favorites) everything has limitations and realities. If I were going to Africa and intending to carry a gun that shot 0.375-inch diameter bullets, I would prefer the 375 Ruger for the noted reasons. To me, ease of magazine loading, ease of action manipulation, and a shorter bolt stroke are all issues that matter and are important.

 


 

My frustration with loading belted-magnum cases into a box magazine gets worse every time I do it. It just reminds me of the inertia in the Gun Industry that I best sum up with the following paraphrase, the logical equivalent of which I have heard proudly proclaimed by dozens of gun-makers: We have been doing it wrong for 150 years and we will continue to do it wrong!

The 375 Ruger has a lot to offer. Excepting the not-insignificant nostalgic factor, with the best modern components, it offers everything the 375 H&H offers and it will do everything the older chambering will do. For those wanting to use this bore size for long-range shooting with single-shot loading of over-length rounds, both chamberings offer impressive performance.


The text associated with the cartridge description reflects opinions and conclusions of the author, M.L. (Mic) McPherson. Lee Precision and its employees do not necessarily either agree or disagree with any of his comments. We present these with due deference to his recognized expertise in the firearms field. His acumen extends to handloading and all aspects of ballistics - internal, external, and terminal.
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