anyone ever use a rifle chambered for this round? A friend has one and I've never really heard of one before. Hes talking of bringing it out next time we shoot. Is this more of a big game round? Lots of recoil?
Energy is about the same as a .338 Win Mag - a little heavier bullet, a little slower. My guess would be that the recoil would be about the same as the .338, but would have more of a "push" than the "jab" of the .338. Never actually fired one, so it's pure conjecture.
The 376 Steyr is to the 375 H&H as the 308 is to the 30-06. The only excuse for this development was to get a legal bore diameter for African game in 375 bore that can be used in standard length actions. The most you can get out of it is 3,900 footpounds of energy with a 270 gr, while the 375 H&H gets 4,300-4,400. A 9,3X64 Brenneke gets 4,100 with a 286 gr. The Steyr also suffers the same fate as the 308...you can't use the heavier bullets because of the short case and neck.
If you take a look at the 9,3X64 Brenneke (.366) you will find it walks all over the 376 Steyr. By the way, the 376 was based on a slightly shortened 9,3x64 Brenneke case. The Steyr develops GOBBS of pressure, too.
Better round is the 9,3X64 Brenneke, hands down. I have used it a bit with 286 gr Woodleigh solids and 250 Swift A-Frames. It is a real long range bigger medium bore. In 2000 I hunted N. Tanzania with a guy from Idaho who used the Brenneke for cape buffalo. It worked, but he had to put 6 rounds into Mr. Nyati and two of the PH's 410 gr 416 Remington rounds to bring the enormous buffalo down. :shock: :shock:
The Steyr would be marginal for heavy dangerous game, but fine for lion and leopard, and for all plains game. It would make a FANTASTIC Alaskan caliber!!!
I have one and love it. I've taken two of the spacers off the Steyr SBS I have and used a slip on pad. Kicks like a 308 now. Used it last year to take a 3yr old mountain grizzly. One shot at 20-30 yds. Like the 20" barrel on it. Like already been said, 375 H&H/ 376 Steyr compare like 30 06/308. Up to 270 grains pretty equal. Above that 375 starts kicking it pretty good.