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I have a Winchester 94 in 375 Win

I have molds and several commercial cast loads on hand

I also have 200 grain Sierras and a couple boxes of 220 grain Hornady and I have some 255 grain Barnes.

I was a little surprised when I saw Ken Waters used 235 grain Speer bullets in his reloading column then it dawned on me that he was shooting them in a Savage 99.

The 220 grain Hornady bullets are getting more difficult to find, dang it. Ken Waters loaded quite a few loads with the Hornady bullet. (1/1983). The loads he used in his pet loads column in 1/79 - well I have found none of those.

Care to share your favorite loads for deer, bear, hogs or???

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Mine is a Marlin 375 Win


WW Brass
Win LRP
33.0 IMR 4198
200gr Sierra


WW Brass
Win LRP
36.5 H4198
200gr Sierra


Mixed 30-30 brass
Win LRP
33.0 H4895
260gr Cast Performance .380”

8” lower than the above loads



I’m using the H4198 load right now. The 200gr Sierra has been accurate and performance on whitetails has been excellent.


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Mine is a Contender carbine I got as a legal Iowa deer gun when straight wall rifle rounds became an option. I used 200 gr Sierra and R7. I would like to try 220 Horn but have not found any!

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Im using the same load in my Marlin H4198 200gr Sierra with WW and Starline brass, Ive also used the 220gr fp from Les Vollmer with great results on deer

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Originally Posted by Bearcat74

Mine is a Marlin 375 Win


WW Brass
Win LRP
33.0 IMR 4198
200gr Sierra


WW Brass
Win LRP
36.5 H4198
200gr Sierra


Mixed 30-30 brass
Win LRP
33.0 H4895
260gr Cast Performance .380”

8” lower than the above loads



I’m using the H4198 load right now. The 200gr Sierra has been accurate and performance on whitetails has been excellent.

I'm going to give your loads a try buddy. Probably work up until I find accuracy. I have a bunch of Sierra's to practice with..


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My 375s like Re7 and the Hornady 220 FP

35.0 grains, WW brass, WLR, LFC

It’s a comfortable and accurate load.

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Originally Posted by bsa1917hunter
Originally Posted by Bearcat74

Mine is a Marlin 375 Win


WW Brass
Win LRP
33.0 IMR 4198
200gr Sierra


WW Brass
Win LRP
36.5 H4198
200gr Sierra


Mixed 30-30 brass
Win LRP
33.0 H4895
260gr Cast Performance .380”

8” lower than the above loads



I’m using the H4198 load right now. The 200gr Sierra has been accurate and performance on whitetails has been excellent.

I'm going to give your loads a try buddy. Probably work up until I find accuracy. I have a bunch of Sierra's to practice with..





Both 4198 loads shot quite well from my Marlin even with the 1-4x20 Leupold with heavy duplex.


I think IMR4198 tops out around 34.5grs and h4198 tops out at 38grs in most manuals. Mine shot good enough I never worked up over the 33/IMR or 36.5/H with the 200 Sierra.



You’ll have no trouble finding accuracy I’m sure.


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I loaded up 20 with IMR4198 & 200 gr Sierras - I have some H4198 powder I’ll try later.
I have some 255 Barnes loaded with RE7, even though I bought another box of these bullets, I’m not sure I’ll have much of a need for them - if the 200 work well on deer. The price on the Barnes I bought were about 2x of the Sierras. I might try them in my 375 Whelen AI though.
I’ve run out of RE7 but will be looking for some at gun shows coming up.
As always, I’ll be looking for more Hornady 220’s. I have none loaded as of now.
Maybe I’ll get back to them after the snow melts some.


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I just found Sam Fadala’s article on the 375 using the 94
He used:
200 grain Winchester power point
220 grain Hornady
250 grain Winchester power point
He also sanded the 235 grain Speer’s point to make it a flat point
He mentioned a couple times not to use this bullet in the 94 because no cannelure and the bullet is heavily constructed and even with the flattened point he recommended not to put a loaded cartridge with this bullet in the magazine tube.
He doesn’t mention accuracy other than “all loads were accurate”. He whined about the iron sights being “too fat”.
The powders he used on the 200 grain bullet:
H-4895 39 to 41 grains 1,893 FPS to 2,044 FPS. (Old H-4895 I believe)
BL-C(2) 42 to 44 grains
H-335 41 to 43 grains
H-322 38 to 40 grains
H-4198 30 to 33 grains
The velocities of these loads slow to fast pretty much matched H-4895
H-4198 though topped out at 2,137 FPS
The 220 grain bullet he used IMR-4198, RE-7, IMR-3031, & H-322
The fastest load was with 38 grains of RE-7 @ 2,200 FPS
(220 was faster than 200 grain- hmm)
The 250 grain bullet he used H-4895, BL-C(2), H-335, H-322 & H-4198.
All these powders had similar top and bottom velocities of about 1,700 to 1,850 FPS.


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33 grains of reloder 10x, standard primer and 255 grain barnes O.

170 yd, quartering towards shot. Bullet pulled the hide off the carcass, and was full of blood, but bullet stayed against hide. When i skinned the animal, the exit hole was impressive. Also impressive, was the low velocity expansion and the weight retention of the barnes O.

255 grain barnes 0 brings out the best of the 375 win. round here we tend to shoot animals first,before shooting off at the mouth about ballistic hypotheticals. Campfire is the opposite, gotta overthink everything.

That same load was used on a coastal brown bear by another fella:

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Originally Posted by mainer_in_ak
33 grains of reloder 10x, standard primer and 255 grain barnes O.

170 yd, quartering towards shot. Bullet pulled the hide off the carcass, and was full of blood, but bullet stayed against hide. When i skinned the animal, the exit hole was impressive. Also impressive, was the low velocity expansion and the weight retention of the barnes O.

255 grain barnes 0 brings out the best of the 375 win. round here we tend to shoot animals first,before shooting off at the mouth about ballistic hypotheticals. Campfire is the opposite, gotta overthink everything.

That same load was used on a coastal brown bear by another fella:

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And where does a guy, just starting with a 375, buy those? Or is asking shooting off at the mouth?

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I found some old notes.

34 grains RE7 and 255 grain Barnes were the most accurate in my rifle of the loads I’ve tried.


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My Marlin does well with a cci200, 38.0g or Re7 and the 200gr Sierra bullets. Only have used inside of 150 yards but they have pretty much been bang-flops. Shot one deer head on at about 60 yards and bullet blew through and exited a ham but did not get all the way through hide. The rapid drop was something to behold.

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Originally Posted by Full3r
My Marlin does well with a cci200, 38.0g or Re7 and the 200gr Sierra bullets. Only have used inside of 150 yards but they have pretty much been bang-flops. Shot one deer head on at about 60 yards and bullet blew through and exited a ham but did not get all the way through hide. The rapid drop was something to behold.


What brass? I've found a noticeable pressure difference if I use WW or Starline. The Starlines are heavier so less capacity, higher pressure.


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Originally Posted by paint
My 375s like Re7 and the Hornady 220 FP

35.0 grains, WW brass, WLR, LFC

It’s a comfortable and accurate load.



I'm pretty sure this is where I'll end up too, with my Savage 99. And My B.i.L. suggested this load as very accurate in his Ruger 3


I also just got some Volmer .375 220g flat nose last season, which sure do look like the old Horns


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I've killed a few deer with the Vollmer 220fp they work very well

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I am loading the Speer 235 with 35.3 grains of Re7 for my Big Bore 94. I cut and filed the meplats flat and tested with a dummy cartridge loaded into the magazine first to check for any indentations in the primer, and it seems to work well. There was no sign of incipient primer detonation.

I still haven't shot a pig with this load, but I think 2070 fps will probably work. I'm not likely to try any shots over 100 yards with open sights anyway, so velocity decay shouldn't be a factor. I won't try a really big hog until I find out whether it'll take out a smaller one with authority first.

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Originally Posted by jorgeI
Originally Posted by Full3r
My Marlin does well with a cci200, 38.0g or Re7 and the 200gr Sierra bullets. Only have used inside of 150 yards but they have pretty much been bang-flops. Shot one deer head on at about 60 yards and bullet blew through and exited a ham but did not get all the way through hide. The rapid drop was something to behold.


What brass? I've found a noticeable pressure difference if I use WW or Starline. The Starlines are heavier so less capacity, higher pressure.



I worked load up in WW brass. I have a few hundred of the starline but havnt loaded any yet in 375.

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Try Accurate 1680----you will up your velocities quite a bit with the 200gr. Sierra and 220 gr. Hornady!

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