.375 Holland & Holland Magnum Review

By David Tong
.375 Holland & Holland Magnum history and review.

.375 Holland & Holland Magnum Ammunition
.375 Holland & Holland Magnum Ammunition
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USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- In 1912, British arms maker Holland & Holland introduced the world to the belted magnum rifle case.

In so doing, and by design, they also created the world’s most versatile rifle cartridge.

From its introduction it harvested all types of game from thin-skinned small deer all the way to elephants, with three bullet weights.

 .375 Holland & Holland Magnum

The 235gr version of the .375 Holland & Holland Magnum, was intended for open plains game, and at 2,900fps, it shoots as flat as a 180gr .30-06. My own pet load in a Remington 700 Safari used Winchester cases, Federal 215 Primer igniting 80.0gr of IMR-4350 capped with the Speer semi-spitzer bullet. Using a Williams aperture sight, three shot groups land at 1 1/8 inches at 100 yards.

.375 Holland & Holland Magnum Round Types
.375 Holland & Holland Magnum Round Types

The .375 Holland & Holland Magnum in a 270gr bullet was used for heavy-skinned non-dangerous game, though of course it would work splendidly on the large bears. It would be suited for elk and moose in North America but “pleasantly over-powered,” while in Africa they would be used on lions. These can be had in both round-nosed or spitzer forms, and my notes indicated the same components but with a lower powder charge of 77.0 grains.

The .375 Holland & Holland Magnum in a 300gr. Bullets were designed for the largest and toughest African animals. These include the elephant and its pachyderm cousin, the rhinoceros. Designed for very deep penetration, 300gr bullets are nearly invariably found in round nose form, although Sierra does make a spitzer boat-tail for longer range shooting.

. 375 Holland & Holland Magnum Popularity

There are a few reasons why the .375 has remained so popular.

First, Holland & Holland did not make the round “proprietary.” Thus, many rifle builders chambered it.

Second, most African countries mandate the use of a .375 as the minimum caliber if one seeks dangerous game, namely Cape buffalo, elephant, lion, and rhino. These hunts are increasingly expensive and rarer due to a variety of factors, including, sadly, poaching and loss of habitat range.

Third, the round strikes that balance of “all the rifle most people can shoot comfortably,” recoil-wise. In my experience, a nine pound to nine-and-a-half pound rifle means that it can be carried with relative ease, and the slight muzzle heavy weight of the long-actioned bolt gun allows for steady aim when the adrenaline starts flowing.

Fourth, it is an old saying that it shoots all three .375 bullets to the same relative point-of-aim out to one-hundred yards, and this is also borne out by my own experience. Sure, there is roughly a three-inch vertical spread between the three main weights, but usually these are right on, windage-wise. This greatly simplifies your life using either sights or a telescope.

Finally, the .375 huge case with its long tapered form and minimal shoulder is a sure feeder in all bolt-action rifles. It is a problem for reloaders like myself, because it headspaces on the belt rather than the shoulder, and case stretch will limit reloads to three or four cycles before incipient head separation occurs if one is full-length resizing. If one backs of the loads about five percent of what is stated above, or uses a neck-sizing die instead, case life will dramatically improve. No matter – lovely accuracy is the benefit of using the round.

I once took my .375 Holland & Holland Magnum rifle to deer camp in NW Pennsylvania for use on whitetails. A couple of guys scoffed saying that “that cannon will beat you up.” I said it would probably kick less than their .300 Winchesters did, and that caused two of them to try my 235gr loads. They agreed, the lower-pressure .375 Holland WAS softer shooting than the snappy kick of their lightweight sporters.

We were all over-gunned. That’s the price I paid for the romance of using the 375 Holland & Holland Magnum round that has proven itself over more than a century!

Author’s note: All loading information above were for my personal rifle and components, and you should absolutely consult a current reloading manual to ensure your safety!

375 H&H Magnum 260 grain Load Data by AmmoLand Shooting Sports News

375 H&H Magnum 300 Grain Load Data by AmmoLand Shooting Sports News

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Mike Mosher
Mike Mosher
5 years ago

I ❤️ My Steyr Mannlincher Mod. S Carbine .375 H&H Magnium! Yes, a factory 20″ Carbine length Mod. S. Imported by Gun South in the early 80’s. Pre computerized records I have not been able to document exactly how many were made other the “A very small run” per Steyr, Austria. As Ed Hunter states above, I found the Hornady flat soft point 220 Grain a very pleasant brush busting load for deer and boar. While working up loads at the range I seem to always have a AR/AK kinda spray and pray shooter located exactly where his shell eject… Read more »

Randy Sutton Post Office Box 263 Tofield Alberta Canada TOB4JO
Randy Sutton Post Office Box 263 Tofield Alberta Canada TOB4JO
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike Mosher

I came across a Zastava 375HH from
c Serbia really nice in left handed which I shoot lots in rifles in right handed 900.00 Canadian

Grey Beard
Grey Beard
5 years ago

I’ve always liked the 375 H&H cartridge and have tried several times to acquire one, but, alas, unsuccessfully. Maybe some day!

David
David
5 years ago
Reply to  Grey Beard

Try the CZ-USA 550 Safari Magnum, probably the best production ;375 on the market and at the most reasonable price. Five shots in the mag, not three, all steel construction and controlled Mauser-extractor feeding and function.

Ed Hunter
Ed Hunter
5 years ago

I don’t know if Hornady still makes the slug, but they did make a .375 WINCHESTER 220 gr. flat nose bullet and published ONE .375 H & H loading that resulted in what we called “.30-30 belted long” ballistics. Pleasant to shoot, (almost not noticeable) gave .30-30 level energy and trajectory, and was less destructive on S. Texas Whitetails in brush out of a Ruger #1 Tropical Grade.

Jorge Norberto Pedace
Jorge Norberto Pedace
5 years ago

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