As the name suggests, the famous handgun hunter J.D.Jones developed the wildcat .375 JDJ cartridges in 1978. J.D.Jones worked in SSK Industries. He began to experiment with guns right from his childhood days.
.375 JDJ is a handgun cartridge. Until recently it required hand loading the ammunition, Thomson Center recently came out with factory loaded ammunition for the .375. The 375 JDJ is a modified version of necked down .444 Marlin cartridge. The .444 Marlin is necked down to hold a .375 caliber bullet. The cartridge was made for Thompson/Center Contender Pistols. Among the hunters society, the .375 JDJ is known as the "hand cannon".
The Hornady .270-grain bullet is considered to be the most ideal bullet for this cartridge. H4895 powder to go with the 270 grain bullet makes an ideal combination. The combination generates a bullet speed of 2000 feet per second. The point blank range for the .375 JDJ is about 180 yards. The combination can be used to shoot anywhere from a moose to the bigger animals like a rhinoceros or elephant. The cartridge is accepted both in the Americas and Africa. One record say that, 18 African elephants were shot using it. If there was only one round of shooting involved, .375 is a highly recommended choice by experts. The accuracy of the cartridge is best realized under such shooting circumstances. Some experts differ a little on the specifications. They recommend a Speer .270 grain bullet because it expands at the velocity of a Thomson/Center. The combination can give tough competition to a .375 Winchester rifle. It has a trail blazing record. It has about 80% bullet speed of the .375 Winchester rifle. .375 JDJ is considered a better choice as compared to .45-70 Government or .454 Casull.
In 2004, Thomson Center Arms introduced a commercially available .375 JDJ for the G2 14 inch barrel and the Encore 15 inch barrel lines. At the muzzle, the cartridge develops 2,400 ft. lbs. energy. The bullet drop parameter is a respectable 17 inches at about 250 yards.
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