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Old September 16, 2010, 02:03 PM   #1
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reloading .375

OK thanks for the help-so far. I bought some Sierra 250 gr. boat tails,they aren't as flat or FN as the factory ammo I've purchased. Will this be a problem cycling through my model 94,.375? Rifle will be here Monday,nothing really pressing,dies on the way and am considering going with AA 2230 powder as I have reloading data in my Lyman manual for it. I was told last year when I bought my model 94 30-30 not to use pointy ammo for reloading,these bullets are not like the ammo I buy for 30-06 and .270 but its not real flat. If need be can I put one shell in at a time? Woody
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Old September 16, 2010, 02:59 PM   #2
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The issue isn't cycling, but whether the bullet is pointy enough to detonate the primer of the round in front of it in the magazine tube. Harder recoiling calibers/rifles are more prone to this.

If the flat on the nose is larger diameter than the primer pocket, then your good to go for sure. Can you post a pic of the new bullets?
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Old September 16, 2010, 03:13 PM   #3
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Eeeek. I went to the Sierra website and looked. Sure enough, the only 250 gr bullet they have in .375 is a spitzer point. That would not be a good choice in a model 94. You could have used their 200 gr FN, but maybe 200 gr wasn't enough for your needs.

As mentioned though, you could certainly load one in the chamber and then one by itself in the magazine tube. Just pay attenntion so you don't forget and load a second cartridge into the tube though. I have used kind of round points in my 30-30 before and they were OK. Not flat nose, but round enough to not set the round off in front of them. But I wouldn't try it with a spitzer.
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Old September 16, 2010, 03:14 PM   #4
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I thought those Sierra 250 grn 375 bullets were for the 375 H&H class bullets.

I believe the points are too sharp for the tube fed mags.
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Old September 16, 2010, 03:23 PM   #5
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Something I've always wondered about - but never tried, was the viability of taking a file and very carefully filing off the tip of a spitzer bullet until it became flat and broad enough to safely chamber in a tube magazine. It seems like it would work and you would still have perhaps a 225-230 gr bullet. I know it's really hard to find those 220 gr FN Hornady bullets in .375 right now. Those are probably the best suited for that round, but maybe you could improvise. Someone else might have tried it already and can tell you my idea is wrong though.
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Old September 16, 2010, 03:26 PM   #6
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Oh, one other thing I noticed when I looked at the Sierra bullet site, that 250 gr spitzer doesn't have a cannelure to crimp in. That will be a bit of a problem shooting in a tubular magazine.
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Old September 16, 2010, 03:40 PM   #7
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As others have said, you have a bullet designed for the 375 H&H or similar rifle that uses a box magazine. Hornady makes a correct bullet for your application, as does Sierra.
http://www.hornady.com/store/375-Cal-.375-220-gr-FP/
http://www.sierrabullets.com/index.c...c&bullettype=0
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Old September 16, 2010, 04:07 PM   #8
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You're not really going to be able to use those bullets. Besides the shape being wrong and no cannelure, they are designed with the magnum cases in mind. Bullet construction means there will be no bullet performance considering these bullets are designed for velocities around 2600'ps and as hard as the 375 Win will push one is in the 18-1900'ps range....if you can hit anything with them. Bullet profile is wrong for the twist rate and I would expect them to keyhole or maybe just shoot groups the size of a 12gauge at 25 yds. If you can take them back and exchange them for a usable bullet I would suggest it. Or, they can make for deadly slingshot loads.
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Old September 16, 2010, 04:38 PM   #9
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Thanks:

Yikes I opened a box of worms huh ? Well if all else fails I can shoot one at a time. I have looked all over the internet for some 200 gr or 220 gr fn with NO luck at all-very hard to find- I have some on backorder,thats as good as it gets. I will be carefull and load one at a time at the range or only put two at a time, one in the chamber and one in the magazine. I only shoot one at time in the 30-30,.270 and the 30-06 at the range so this is not a big deal. Thanks for the eye opener! Regards , Woody
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Old September 16, 2010, 05:31 PM   #10
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http://www.powdervalleyinc.com/

Win brass And Sierra 200 grain 375 flatnoses , which are specifically designed for the 375 winchester, are indicated as being in stock

http://www.natchezss.com/bullets.cfm...0&category=219

Natchezz for the Barnes original .375 255 gn fp.

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Old September 16, 2010, 06:22 PM   #11
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some more links to ponder...

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=387144

& not trying to corn fuse you more, but several of these 38-55 bullets will work in the 375 Winchester ( look for diameters as close to .375 )

http://www.midwayusa.com/browse/Brow...9785***9016***
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Old September 16, 2010, 06:50 PM   #12
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Nip the point a bit and you are good to go. Speer's Flat Point isn't a very wide flat spot.
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Old September 16, 2010, 08:15 PM   #13
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Using bullets designed for the 38-55 may not be ideal. The standard bullet weight for a 38-55 was a 255 gr bullet moving at 1320'ps per Winchester ammo book given to me by A Topperwein many years ago. Bullet construction will be a little on the light side for the velocities possible with the 375 Win. You also have a major difference in twist rates. Standard twist rate for a Winchester rifle was 1:18". Standard twist rate for a 375 Win is 1:12". The ideal bullet weight for the 375 is 200grs to 220 grs. Hornaday and Sierra make fine bullets made just for this cartridge. I'd suggest getting the right ones from the start.
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Old September 16, 2010, 08:40 PM   #14
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Woodysan, if you strike out I have two unopened boxes of the Hornady 220's. I can spare one if you'll send me a PM. They're probably over 20 yrs old but should be fine, at least they're the right bullets.
Magnum Wheel Man, I think I need to go to my local Wally World. Two boxes of .375 Win on the shelf for about half that price! I didn't like the factory loads much 20+ yrs ago but brass alone could be worth the asking price!
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