.357...Handy Rifle...Deer Gun?


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Tinker
July 23, 2011, 04:44 PM
I've always wanted to have a matching caliber revolvers and long gun. For instance, a .357 carry revolver and a Handy Rifle in .357. That way I could reload (or special load) anything from a 38 (plinker load) to a max load the revolver or rifle could manage.

I may have a chance to buy a HR in .357. I was wondering if anyone here had actually taken deer sized game with a revolver or HR in that caliber. Actual range and effectiveness insights would be welcomed from someone who'd actually hunted witha .357. BTW I am sneaky enough to often get within bow range of deer. My max hunting range would be less than 75 yards. Thanks.

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MICHAEL T
July 23, 2011, 04:57 PM
Shot placement 357 work fine . Just use a good bullet no 110 gr stuff
I had a 44 mag lever but a 30 30 walks all over it in ballistics. So I went back to the 30 30 .

buck460XVR
July 23, 2011, 06:28 PM
I've shot several deer with a 6'' 686. None went more than 40 yards.

Remllez
July 23, 2011, 07:28 PM
There are so many bullet choices available now a days that if you stay under 50 yards or so you should be fine. As with all hunting bullet placement is key. Your rifle will shoot a little faster/flatter so that would be my choice.

If you are "sneaky" you should be fine, although many will argue that caliber is minimal for deer a great many deer have fallen to it as well. Those are fine little rifles and just plain cool to have matching calibers.

dagger dog
July 23, 2011, 10:17 PM
I finally own a center fire rifle, pistol combo, mine is in .45 Colt.

The .357 was my second choice, and I was looking very hard at the Handi Rifle.

Us hoosier boys had to hunt with shotgun only until a few years back when they gave us the OK for pistol caliber rifles.

The .357 if loaded with hard cast SWC bullets is good out to 75-100 yds, you want a bullet as heavy as you can get and still be accurate in the Handi, penetration is the key, they won't go far with a .357 hole punched through both lungs.

hja4941
July 23, 2011, 11:00 PM
I use a .357 marlin out to 100 yards with heavy bullets. No complaints.

Tallinar
July 23, 2011, 11:24 PM
.357 Marlin 94 or model 92 Rossi would fit the bill perfect, I think.

Shaky
July 23, 2011, 11:36 PM
If you're max range will be 75 yards, any expanding .357 loading will do. Semi-wadcutters would serve well, but for all the pro's in Montgomery who feel only mushrooming ammo will kill cleanly.

whetrock
July 23, 2011, 11:43 PM
If you keep your shots close and your aim steady I don't see why not the 357 has more than enough energy for most average sized whitetails.

BCRider
July 23, 2011, 11:49 PM
A Handy Rifle would not be a bad option. But a slightly slicked up Win'92 clone in the 16 inch barrel carbine length would sure be a sweet option. And if shooting .357Mag rounds with 158 or 180gn bullets to a good velocity that still proves be be accurate for the rifling you'd have a pretty decent gun.

kludge
July 24, 2011, 12:50 AM
180gr out of a rifle is a 100 yard deer gun. Ream it to .357 Max, load it with 180gr SSP or 200gr FTX and it's a 200 yard rifle.

Lawdawg45
July 24, 2011, 06:50 AM
I use my Henry lever action every year for Deer, although I use a .45 colt. In Indiana the only rifles we can use must be chambered in pistol calibers (.357 up to a .44 mag).

LD45

357 Terms
July 24, 2011, 09:27 AM
Another Hoosier with a 357 lever action, I use 180grn XTP handloads (1600fps) hits very hard. More than adequate out to 150yrds.

Tinker
July 24, 2011, 11:27 AM
Thanks for all the replies. A lever gun in .357 sounds nice, too. If he still has the HR for sale come Monday I'll buy it.

buck460XVR
July 24, 2011, 12:10 PM
Thanks for all the replies. A lever gun in .357 sounds nice, too. If he still has the HR for sale come Monday I'll buy it.

Ruger has just introduced their new 77/357 rotary mag bolt .357 carbine. I have it's big brother in .44mag, and am considering selling one of my .357 levers to acquire one. Quicker, easier and safer to load/unload than a lever and scopes mount easily with the included rings.

tlmkr38
July 24, 2011, 07:04 PM
Check here.. This is a handi rifle forum... Alot of good info about the 357 handi here

http://www.go2gbo.com/forums/index.php?PHPSESSID=5h4a7e14e5nsdqk2njtj3r5sr2&board=126.0

Tinker
July 24, 2011, 07:38 PM
Buck,

Had not heard of that Ruger. Sounds interesting. This HR is for sale cheap though.

Timkr,

Nice liink. Thanks for that.

Smokey in PHX
July 25, 2011, 04:20 AM
Have a friend who has taken 8 deer with a H&R .357, some as far away as 100 yards. All were killed with one shot. But he is a very good marksman and hunter.

snooperman
July 25, 2011, 07:45 AM
Ruger blackhawk than I can remember withh the 180gr bullet on my farmland. So in a carbine out to 50-75 yards it is fine.

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