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Donkeypunch
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Nosler Partitions vs Swift A Frame
I picked up a Model 70 Safari in .375 H&H and am still a few years out from Cape Buffalo hunting with it but would really like to use it. I’m planning on taking it out for deer & hogs here in middle Ga. I have shot Partitions in most everything I have but have really been interested in the A Frames. Do any of y’all have any experience with both that could shed some real world light on any differences between the two as far as terminal performance is concerned?
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Duckhammer_77
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re: Nosler Partitions vs Swift A Frame
well...for cape buffalo, you need dangerous game solids. I would think that any of those bullets in a 375HH would be very effective on whitetail deer at 100yds or less. Not sure what ballistics for that round looks like at longer distances; it wasn't really developed for it.
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Donkeypunch
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well...for cape buffalo, you need dangerous game solids.


Absolutely. I guess I didn’t specify. I was asking about performance on deer/hog sized game. I guess to specify a little more, I’m wondering on something smaller like a deer or pig am I going to get roughly the same expansion out of an A Frame as the I would a Partition?
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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Nosler Partitions vs Swift A Frame
The A frame is a tougher bullet and generally preferred in Africa. I dont think any PH is going to recommend the partiton over the 300gr A frame for buff even though it'll work. The A frame is just a bonded partition and in basically every aspect except cost a better bullet.

For shooting deer it won't matter. Figure out what your buff load will be and just shoot everything with that. It'll keep the meat damage under control for small game and keep everything simple for you.

If you want to go out and poleaxe some shit, get the lightest soft points you can find and go blast shite.

Mine gets fed 300gr partitions since it is an elk rifle and I doubt it ever sees Africa. I want expansion and the 300gr A frame is probably a little too tough for that. If I had dugga on the brain I'd definitely just kill everything with 300gr A frames.

Side note - ppu makes some really great practice ammo for the 375. Its relatively affordable and so far, I find my rifle likes it better than anything else. I only have about 50 rounds down the tube in my big hammer. Make sure all your screws are tight before you shoot it, mine has thrown off the iron sights and slipped a scope so far


Donkeypunch
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re: Nosler Partitions vs Swift A Frame
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I want expansion and the 300gr A frame is probably a little too tough for that.
Thank you sir. That is exactly what I was wanting to know.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Nosler Partitions vs Swift A Frame
Keep in mind that a big bull elk are the biggest thing on my menu, and cow elk are the realistic targets. On a Buffalo the A frame would open up nicely. If my gun decides it doesn't like partitions, I'll switch to A frames.

I would definitely just kill everything with whatever your buffalo load ends up being.


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drdoct
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re: Nosler Partitions vs Swift A Frame
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deer & hogs here in middle Ga.


I couldn't imagine shooting at deer and hogs with this round, especially here in middle GA. Maybe Bond Swamp for hogs. But in all reality, it's a lot of bullet/powder/gun for hogs and deer when a simple .22/250 or .243 would do. Deer and hogs are so thick, I feel like you could just stand still and one would come close enough for you to slit it's throat.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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couldn't imagine shooting at deer and hogs with this round,


It can be done with less damage than some common deer calibers. While it is totally unnecessary, it won't be nearly as bad as shooting a deer with say a .300 win mag soft point or a 7mm rem mag soft point.

The .375 h&h is not a big step up from the .35 whelen either. 35 whelen bullets tend to be a little softer so they will bust a deer up worse than most h&h heavier loads. With the wrong load (say a 235 gr soft point) the h&h would do some really horrible things.

I'm planning to deer hunt with mine a lot this year so I should have some sweet field reports. Testing 300gr partitions on 100 pound swamp nannies is gonna be fun


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Donkeypunch
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I couldn't imagine shooting at deer and hogs with this round, especially here in middle GA


I get what you are saying but I can’t stand not using a gun. Also this is a caliber I’ve been obsessed with since I’ve been a teenager and plan on using it a bunch more than just the once or twice in my life that I will have the opportunity to hunt dangerous game.

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Maybe Bond Swamp for hogs.


I actually hunt about 3 miles down river from Bond Swamp. Do you hunt close to there?

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.243 would do.


I’ve killed them with.25-06, .270, .35 Whelen & .338 but .243 is hands down my go to rifle. I know I don’t NEED anything larger but I love shooting different calibers.



drdoct
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I actually hunt about 3 miles down river from Bond Swamp. Do you hunt close to there?


No. I don't have to go anywhere to hunt hogs other than my yard. I've trapped and killed 6 this year. I don't have the time to hunt for real. I'm up between Macon and Atlanta but was looking at Bond Swamp area to put bees on to get some tupelo honey. It's loaded with tupelo trees. I had found abt 10 acres that backed right up to the swamp, but never could get hold of the owner who had it for sale.


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