Muzzle brake ! The 375 Ruger Guide Gun with the muzzle brake on it was very easy shooting. Comparitivly speaking. As soon as I've spent another 10 grand on the house. Maybe I'll have enough for another rifle. But only after I get another couple bricks of large rifle magnum primers.
Need to move to Canada. Quite a few Ruger m77's in most variants are available. Way cheaper for the left hand version though and way easier to find the left hand for some reason. Old stock I guess.
There are lots of left hand 375 Ruger's available on GB and other sites. If this craziness would stop, Ruger could go back to making sporting rifles instead or every form of high cap sprayer ever thot up. It's a sad commentary that for the masses they need a long range basically , Target rifle to hit anything even at 200 yards. Anything under 400 as far as game shooting is the realm of normal , halfway accurate hunting rifles.
Those things sound painful. I have been shooting my Muzzleloader the last two days. Miss the little 6.5 recoil....or lack of. 250 grain SST's @ 2044fps. One of those Guide guns or a big lever would be fun though.
For some strange reason, Ruger attached tthe Guide Gun name to what they should have called the guide Rifle. 20" barreled M77 Mk 2 Hawkeye with laminate , adjustable lop stock with banded sling eye on the barrel, express sights and a muzzle brake or weight or thread protector. They really are a great rifle that is almost short enough. I don't regret trading the one I had for the 416 Remington built on a rebored 375 H&H , Interarms Whitworth Express and brush nickle plated. I Really like that rifle. But it has a 25+" barrel with the muzzle brake on it. And is peep sighted. It is a brown bear rifle ! What I'm after now is a knock about large game Carbine. Similar to a Ruger Gunsight Scout . But in a serious cartridge.
Speer shows Rl 16 giving over 3,000 fps with a 270 gr bullet. That is with a 24" barrel, But that is still almost stupid fast. Even if it lost 45 fps per inch, that would still produce 2640 fps from a 16" barrel. With a 270 gr bullet, that's really good.
I'm going back and forth in my mind on which way to go. Since shortness of barrel is a priority. I have been thinking about getting a 375 Ruger and chopping it down. Have an inch long muzzle brake put on and a 1 to 4 scope. And a Ching Sling. It may be overkill for some thing's. But I could probably get 2700 fps from a 250 gr TTSX bullet. Which would do nicely. As I already have dies and brass and ammo. That would be a savings .
I checked out Speed Reloading Data online. It's Amazing how much of a bump up some of the new powders give. I was blown away by the 35 Whelen. Over 2700 fps with a 250 gr bullet. Historically the 35 Whelen has produced 2500 fps for full power.
As to recoil. Since have mostly shot big rifles , 338 Win up to 500 A-Sq but mostly 338 up to 458 Win. When I got my 6.5 Cm lack of recoil changed how I shot. But. Torching off my Kimber Montana 338 with Fed High Energy 250 gr Partitions that I've chronographed at 2810 fps from 24 " barrels . And the Kimber has a 26" . It is a quite lively recoil ! Recoil is subjective. For the job this rifle will have. Recoil isn't an issue as it will mainly be shot from standing , kneeling or sitting .
I found a used Frontier rifle on Guns America in 358 Winchester. But the guy wants $1800.00 for it . If I can find a stainless 338 RCM , I'll get it and chop the barrel. I have a 26" barreled 338 Winchester mag. And I really like it. But if the barrel is shortened to 20" it only gives 2500+ with a 250 gr. I had a Ruger Stainless that I traded into years ago . Someone had done that to it. I don't need to burn over 70 gr of powder to get 35 Whelen ballistics. That rifle was somewhat unpleasantly loud.
That's the thing, my wife's Ruger Compact in 308 is the easiest thing in the world to have with. Trucks , 4 whlr , snowmachine or just packin it. Except it's a 30 caliber . I HATE 30 CALIBER RIFLES !!! So , I don't take it with. Plus , it's not really a thumper.
So. I'm getting a hankering for another carbine. But this one needs to have some Thump to it. I want a 338 - 375 cal bullet , at least 225 gr going at least 2650 fps. From a 16.5 " barrel. Built on a stainless Ruger M77 Mk2 or Hawkeye action.