|.375 Weatherby Magnum|
(Left to right) .308 Winchester, .375 Weatherby Magnum, .30-06
|Place of origin||USA|
|Variants||.375 H&H Magnum, .375 Ackley Improved|
|Parent case||.375 H&H Magnum|
|Bullet diameter||.375 in (Script error mm)|
|Neck diameter||.402 in (Script error mm)|
|Shoulder diameter||.492 in (Script error mm)|
|Base diameter||.512 in (Script error mm)|
|Rim diameter||.532 in (Script error mm)|
|Rim thickness||.051 in (Script error mm)|
|Case length||2.860 in (Script error mm)|
|Overall length||3.600 in (Script error mm)|
|Rifling twist||1 in 12|
|Primer type||Large rifle|
|270 gr (Script error g)||2,940 ft/s (Script error m/s)||5,181 ft·lbf (Script error J)|
|300 gr (Script error g)||2,800 ft/s (Script error m/s)||5,223 ft·lbf (Script error J)|
|235 gr (Script error g)||3,135 ft/s (Script error m/s)||5,125 ft·lbf (Script error J)|
| Test barrel length: 20|
Source(s): Barnes & Amber
The .375 Weatherby Magnum is a .37 caliber (9.5 mm) rifle cartridge. The cartridge is a blown out, improved and provided with the Weatherby double radius shoulder – given the Weatherby treatment – version of the .375 H&H Magnum. Unlike other improved versions of the .375 H&H Magnum like the .375 Ackley Improved, the .375 Weatherby Magnum is not a wildcat and existed as a proprietary cartridge until the CIP published specifications for the cartridge.
The .375 Weatherby Magnum was designed by Roy Weatherby in South Gate California in 1944 and put into production in 1945. The original cases were fire formed from .300 H&H Magnum Winchester brass, then from Richard Speer’s 300 Weatherby brass before finally settling with Norma as a source for cases. It was also with Norma that Weatherby finally found a source for loaded ammunition. Production of .375 Weatherby ammunition ceased in 1960 but was reintroduced in 2001 due to demand.
The .375 Weatherby was designed as a dangerous game cartridge. The cartridge is able to fire a 300 gr (Script error g) bullet at 2,800 ft/s (Script error m/s) generating a muzzle energy of 5,224 ft·lbf (Script error J) with the trajectory of the 30-06 Springfield. This performance level makes it an appropriate all round African safari cartridge that is usable against plains game species as well. The .375 Weatherby is considered overly powerful for North American game.
As the .375 Weatherby is an improved cartridge, .375 H&H Magnum ammunition can be fired in .375 Weatherby chambers with a slight loss in performance of the .375 H&H ammunition. Cases thus fired are in essence fire formed to the Weatherby cartridge's dimensions and if reloaded should be reloaded using .375 Weatherby reloading data. Reloading data is available from A-Square, Barnes and Hornady.
Ammunition is available from Weatherby (Norma), A-Square and Connelly Precision. Rifles are available from Weatherby and A-Square. Most .375 H&H rifles can be converted to the .375 Weatherby Magnum by having the new chamber reamed with no further modifications made to the rifle. The cartridge also makes an excellent choice for those who want a step up in performance over the .375 H&H Magnum without the recoil or cost of the .378 Weatherby Magnum.
Design and SpecificationsEdit
The .375 Weatherby Magnum is an improved version of the .375 H&H Magnum. The parent case is based on the .300 H&H Magnum blown out and necked up to accept a .375 in (Script error mm). The cartridge features the Weatherby double radius shoulder. The Weatherby Magnum is not considered a proprietary cartridge as the CIP has published specifications for the cartridge.
CIP recommends a 6 groove barrel with grove width of 3.25 mm (Script error in), a bore Ø of 9.35 mm (Script error in) and a grove Ø of 9.55 mm (Script error in). The recommended twist rate is one revolution in 305 mm (Script error in). Case capacity is 105 gr. of water (6.82 cm3).
As an improved cartridge the .375 Weatherby Magnum provides a leap in performance over its parent cartridge. The velocity gain over the .375 H&H Magnum works out to be about 240 ft/s (Script error m/s) and an increase in maximum point blank range of about 25 yd (Script error m) with bullets of equal weight. The .375 Weatherby Magnum fires a 270 gr (Script error g) at 2,940 ft/s (Script error m/s) generating 5,181 ft·lbf (Script error J) and a 300 gr (Script error g) at 2,800 ft/s (Script error m/s) which generates 5,224 ft·lbf (Script error J). The cartridge generates more energy than factory loads for the .375 Remington Ultra Magnum, .416 Rigby or the .458 Winchester Magnum.
- Barnes, Frank C., ed. by John T. Amber. Cartridges of the World. Northfield, IL: DBI Books, 1972.
- Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading, 7th edition, 2007.