.375 Winchester is one of the highly used calibers for the Thomson Center Contender lines of handguns. An idea of power can be achieved by the fact that from a distance of 100 yards, if a hog is shot by .375 Winchester, the bullet can pierce the shoulders and rest deep inside the hog. Needless to say, one shot is enough to immediately flatten a hog. It was launched in 1978 by Winchester along with the Model 94 “Big-Bore” lever-action rifle. This rifle was essentially the Model 94 Winchester rifle with a sturdier action. .375 Winchester is part of the .30-30 case family. However it has a much stronger case than the .30-30 case.
.375 Winchester is a fairly accurate cartridge if used with the correct combination of powder. At a distance of approximate 100 yards the accuracy would measure about 2", if shot with open sites. The cartridge can be used with 200-grain (for deer) or 250-grain (for elk) bullets. Though it has significant sharp recoil, the back kick doesn't cause much inconvenience. The recoil, when measured with 4.75-pound Contender 250 grain bullet, was about 20 ft./lbs. The same with a 200-grain bullet is about 18 ft/lbs. The cartridge can be used to hunt big game animals like deer, hogs, moose and elk. .375 Winchester can work with a slow igniting powder like IMR 4350.
While shooting the 375 Winchester from a Contender muzzle blast is painful. Usually, this type of cartridges should be used with medium to fast igniting powder. Winchester currently has two loadings; 200-grain or a 250-grain bullet.
Unlike many of its peers, .375 Winchester was launched without the usual hype and hoopla. In spite of its good accuracy and performance, it never made it to the league of the most accepted cartridges. Due to its short range the 375 Winchester is considered a brush hunting round.
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