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Ruger Hawkeye - 375 Ruger #14881053 05/15/20
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Would appreciate any thoughts on the Rifle and the caliber....

LGS has one available............. nice 'looking' rifle!

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I've got the LH model. I like it. Used it to take an AK grizzly & a cape buffalo over in South Africa. It's a little light---I put on a slip on recoil pad over the thin factory red recoil pad. That helped a lot.

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LGS wants $750 for it, has brake, and I assume the weight and thread cap.........

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Re: Ruger Hawkeye - 375 Ruger [Re: bluefish] #14882725 05/16/20
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I really like the round, a standard length 375 @ 2,660 fps.

I own two Ruger African 375 rugers, but they have no muzzle break, and they have the barrel band sling swivel.

In my mind, these were the best ones Ruger made/offered.

Too bad they dropped all of the good qualities on the newer ones.

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Originally Posted by muffin
Would appreciate any thoughts on the Rifle and the caliber....

LGS has one available............. nice 'looking' rifle!



I have had my Ruger Hawkeye African for about 10 years now, and really like it. It has no muzzle brake, I don't think there is any real reason for one on this cartridge. I have taken it to Argentina for Asian Water Buffalo, to Texas for Nilgai, and then off to Africa for Black Wildebeest, Sable, and Lion.
The only problem I had with the rifle was with the stock splitting early on, at the tang area and also in the cutout area for the trigger mechanism. I ended up stocking it in a McMillan McWoody with magnum fill, with no problems since then.
I handload Barnes TSX 270 gr. bullets at 2800 fps, and TTSX 250 grainers at 2880 fps, both of which shoot very accurately.


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The 375 Ruger cartridge is definitely the 375 that I use the most for moose hunting.
I have the 20" barrel verisions without the brake. And one re-barreled to 23.5". I replaced the Hogue stocks with McMillan's and H-S Precisions.
I use the 270 grain TSX bullets. I really like the cartridge.

Re: Ruger Hawkeye - 375 Ruger [Re: muffin] #14886071 05/17/20
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I have the Ruger Alaskan model and a Custom Mauser rifle with a 24" barrel. I sat on the fence for a few years reading reviews on the 375 Ruger before switching. Several years later I am sold on this cartridge.

The Ruger Alaskan is just about perfect. The stock is handy and allows for fast pointing. The action is ultra-smooth, unlike other Ruger 77's I have. No muzzle break and it does not need one for hunting.

Such a fine rifle to have a cast, screw on rear sight base.

All I did to make this rifle perfect was replaced the rear sight with a solid steel rear base and fold-down leaf. I keep a NECG N-100 QD rear Peep sight in the sling pouch for the rear Ruger integral sight base, and I have a QD EER Swaro Z6 1x6 on it with the #24 circle reticle. I have also had a 1.5 x 6 S&B on it with a number #1 reticle. The number 1 is not as handy as the Swaro #24 IMO.

I could not be happier.

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I have just purchased another Ruger 375, but this time it's a SS/black Laminate, with no muzzle brake, barrel sling swivel, all matt SS finish including the bolt. A beautiful looking rifle. Been looking for this model for some time now.

I have taken it to the range and shot a 3/4" group @ 100 yds. on two different days, with Swift factory ammo 300 gr. SAF.

REALLY like this cartridge, and the rifles.

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Better bed stock Rugers will break stocks on hard kickers. Even in laminate.


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Re: Ruger Hawkeye - 375 Ruger [Re: surefire7] #14900905 05/22/20
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Originally Posted by surefire7
I have just purchased another Ruger 375, but this time it's a SS/black Laminate, with no muzzle brake, barrel sling swivel, all matt SS finish including the bolt. A beautiful looking rifle. Been looking for this model for some time now.

I have taken it to the range and shot a 3/4" group @ 100 yds. on two different days, with Swift factory ammo 300 gr. SAF.

REALLY like this cartridge, and the rifles.


Got the same one shoots good, recoil not bad, but as kk above said I had mine bedded just in case because might be hard to replace that stock with same should it crack.


Re: Ruger Hawkeye - 375 Ruger [Re: Dogslife57] #14901990 05/22/20
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Thanks guys for the advice on the bedding job.

I would have thought the risk of a crack on a laminate stock would have been very slim to none.

Glad to have this community to share experiences. 👍.

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I have a Ruger Alaskan in .375 Ruger it is short and handy. You can screw the muzzle brake on and off but I like it off because you really don't need it. I used it on a Nilgai bull in
Texas with a 250 gr. Hornady GMX he was DRT. I have a Leupold patrol VX 3 3x9 on it with an illuminated dot perfect for dark animals like Nilgai. My shot on the Nilgai was a touch over 200 yards so this round has plenty of reach for hunting the kind of game that calls for that caliber. I was able to bed mine even though i had a Hogue stock there was a bedding block in it. I get all of my wood and laminate rifles bedded especially the heavy hitters.

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I have an early pre barrel band African and a Alaskan pre muzzle junk in a Micky ( thanks Rick).
One moose each and I drew a great tag for this year.
260 accubombs on first one at 21 ft.
300 Partitions last year. 35 yds.
I have 300 A frames or some 270 Failsafes or 260 Partitions or ... maybe use what's left of the 300 Partition and H4831 load from last year?
300 Partitions at 2600 tend to overpenetrate. cool
I have also had great luck with Lyman 375-449 both lubed and powder coated. 5744 is your friend.
3-9×40 Conquest #4 or 4×32 Conquest plex have enough eye relief for me. VXIII 3.5-10×40 not so much.
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Re: Ruger Hawkeye - 375 Ruger [Re: razorwire] #14983825 06/20/20
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Originally Posted by razorwire
I have a Ruger Alaskan in .375 Ruger it is short and handy. You can screw the muzzle brake on and off but I like it off because you really don't need it. I used it on a Nilgai bull in
Texas with a 250 gr. Hornady GMX he was DRT. I have a Leupold patrol VX 3 3x9 on it with an illuminated dot perfect for dark animals like Nilgai. My shot on the Nilgai was a touch over 200 yards so this round has plenty of reach for hunting the kind of game that calls for that caliber. I was able to bed mine even though i had a Hogue stock there was a bedding block in it. I get all of my wood and laminate rifles bedded especially the heavy hitters.



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Re: Ruger Hawkeye - 375 Ruger [Re: muffin] #14985235 06/20/20
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I didn't see where anyone had jumped in to say how much better the 378 Weatherby is 😏😳


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