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Best .357 ammo for THIS application?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by BoneDigger, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. BoneDigger

    BoneDigger Well-Known Member

    I have a 686 with a 4 inch barrel. I want to use it as a backup while bowhunting for pigs. What is the best FACTORY ammo for penetration out of a revolver?

  2. pps

    pps Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Dec 26, 2008
  3. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Well-Known Member

    Probably the Federal or Buffalo Bore 180 grain offerings.
  4. S&Wfan

    S&Wfan Well-Known Member

    Yep, Buffalo Bore or Federal "Castcore" hardcast, flatnose hard lead bullets. They'll punch through and through.

    After years of handgun hunting for deer and pigs, I'm sold on heavy, wide flat-nose, hard cast bullets. No danged hollowpoints for me!!!

  5. kmrcstintn

    kmrcstintn Well-Known Member

    pure penetration...hhhmmmm...:scrutiny:

    Federal CastCore 180gr flat-tipped solid leadhead; I opt for this one cuz I can drive to a local shop in my area and snag a box whenever I need to rotate out the older stash; suppossedly CorBon and Buffalo Bore make some strong heavier rounds 180gr and 200gr in weight; Grizzly might be another one to consider

    the Federal CastCores are what I load in my 4" Ruger Security Six for woods walking up at the hunting camp (there are a few bears & some strange folk stumbling through from up higher on the mountain); the only other pure penetrator that I have around are some remanufactured Mastercast 158gr lswc alloyed leadheads that are downloaded a bit from standard 158gr jacketed cartridges
  6. the-ghost

    the-ghost Well-Known Member

  7. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    I can't add anything except another voice for penetration. A solid, hardcast bullet of the highest velocity is what you want when facing a mad boar.

    Have fun.
  8. BoneDigger

    BoneDigger Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the advice.

    I went ahead and ordered some Buffalo Bore solid cast 180g rounds today. Hopefully it'll be here in the next week or so.

  9. machinisttx

    machinisttx Well-Known Member

    Those are gonna be some nasty loads to shoot. :)
  10. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Almost any of the "hunting" loads made with a hard cast lead bullet will do fine. I've use the 180gr hard cast offered by DoubleTap linked to above and found it to be a very good and accurate round.
  11. Wolfeye

    Wolfeye Well-Known Member

    I too would recommend Buffalo Bore or Double Tap. The latter even has one in 200 gr, which I've been meaning to try out. Another manufacturer worth mentioning is Grizzly Cartridge.
  12. pps

    pps Well-Known Member

    Forgot to mention this but, lower your rear site if your gen is set for 158gr, or worse yet the 125gr bullets. If you don't, your shots will hit much higher than your point of aim.
  13. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    It would depend somewhat on the type of pig you are hunting as they range in size from the Javalina (small) to Russian boar (large). Something like the Winchester SXT 180gr partition or any 158gr JSP will work fine. You must hit your target and hit it in a lethal location with any bullet, there's no amount of bullet short of high explosive that will kill without good placement.
  14. TexAg

    TexAg Well-Known Member

    Common misconception but a javelina is actually a peccary and not a pig.
    I've shot 180 grain Cor-Bon out of my 6" GP-100 and the recoil isn't all that bad at all.
  15. lucznik

    lucznik Member

    Personally, I handload 180 gr. Hornady XTPs. I can get those legal for big game in Utah and Wyoming - though just barely.

    For factories, the Federals, Corbons, etc. are out of the question because Wyoming requires an expanding bullet. That pretty much means a JSP or Hollowpoint of some variety.

    Winchester's 180 gr. Partition Golds are pretty nice and very accurate out of my 686+MG.

    However, no factory .357 load I'm aware of can meet the legal requirements in Wyoming so; they aren't really a consideration.
  16. wuchak

    wuchak Well-Known Member

    Actually I find the recoil of the heavier .357 bullets more pleasant than the lighter ones. The heavier bullets push where the light ones snap.
  17. mbt2001

    mbt2001 Well-Known Member

    American Eagle, 158 grain soft point. Those are nice rounds, don't cost a fortune, can be bought just about anywhere and will do the job.

    Using 180 grain Buffalo Bore for a back up (while effective) is a touch of overkill. Primary, yeah, but I would still put the AE's against anything.

    I would prefer a 6" barrel, but for back up, you will be fine.
  18. wuchak

    wuchak Well-Known Member

    Actually I find the recoil of the heavier .357 bullets more pleasant than the lighter ones. The heavier bullets push where the light ones snap.

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