375 H&H Magnum Ammo

One of the oldest large-bore magnum hunting cartridges still in widespread use, .375 H&H Magnum ammo enjoys a well-deserved reputation among stalkers of dangerous game such as bear and elephant. The cartridge was introduced in 1912 by British gunmaker Holland & Holland as the .375 Belted Rimless Nitro-Express --- a somewhat unwieldy name that eventually got shortened to the name of the company that created it.

For big game or safari hunting, .375 H&H ammunition is typically loaded with heavy, 300 grain soft point bullets that can punch through thick hide at long range and then mushroom for maximum terminal effect; for deer or other smaller game, a lighter bullet in the 200-250 grain range can be used. Muzzle velocities typically fall in the 2,600 to 3,000 feet per second range.

The .375 H&H Magnum has an unusual but extremely useful quirk in that it typically strikes the same point of impact whether heavier or lighter bullets are used. By maintaining a varied selection of ammo, a hunter using this caliber can transition to different types of game quickly without the nuisance of making drastic adjustments to his or her optics.

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