I agree with you about the desirability of the cartridge that started all the popularity of .375 caliber cartridges well over 100 years ago ---the .375 H&H 2 1/2" Flanged NE. Graeme Wright has a lot of good things to say about it as well, and significantly how easy it is to regulate a double rifle with it. Loaded with modern propellants and obtaining about 2,000 fps velocity at the muzzle and nearly 2,400 ft lbs of energy with a 270 gr projectile it is a cartridge of more than 100 years of age that can be used in many difficult situations.
When I built the .38-55 Mcpherson cartridge based double rifle, I wanted to try to duplicate the ballistics of the .375 H&H 2 1/2" Flanged NE in an old classic American made shorter cased .38-55. And although I was successful in doing that with a 255 grain projectile, I have to load the .38-55 McPherson up to around 32,000 psi with 38 grs of IMR 3031 (the pressure is according to the virtual reality ballistics software I use) . This pressure is the near limit of what this shorter case will do and when loaded at greater pressure for proofing the .38-55 McPherson case is a "throw away". I purchased a chamber reamer and cartridge cases for the .375 H&H 2 1/2 inch Flanged NE at the outset of my thinking of what cartridge I was going to use in the DR, and now after shooting 300 plus rounds through the DR, if I were to do it over I would have chosen the .375 2 1/2 inch cases. I would have had more flexibility with propellants for similar chamber pressures with that size cartridge case---one has to be very careful with heat sensitive 3031propellant especially in 90-100 degree ambient temperature summers in the South. I did experiment with other propellants with the .38-55 McPherson and the .255 gr projectile, but the speed and accuracy was best with 3031. And in that regard for the safety of such pressures I contoured the barrels to have 1 inch diameter at the breech and for 2 1/2 inches forward from the breech.
Last edited by bushveld; 01/04/23 09:51 AM.