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.357 hunting loads

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by TexasPatriot.308, Aug 22, 2011.

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  1. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Member

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    I am mainly a big bore hunter, .44 mag, .45 colt with hot loads, recently bought a .357 mag Blackhawk (dont know why) but would love to carry it for hogs as a sidearm. what would be the best bullett for hogs, flat nose, round nose, JHP? when it comes to the big bores I know what to use, just wondering what works best in the .357.
     
  2. kludge

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    I'm a fan of heavy bullets... in the .357 give me something in the 170-190gr range for hunting. If you have a lever gun also, then try lead RNFP with a good meplat. Otherwise a LSWC. In jacketed bullets I'll take a 180gr XTP.
     
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    My buddy who used to be a guide in deep south Tx shot several hogs with a 4" model 65 357 mag using Remington 158gr hollow points and reported they did a very good job and blew very impressive holes in the piggys.
     
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    Minimum, 158 gr JSP. I like American Eagle for a cheap commercial load.

    Best - Lyman #358429 LSWC over 13.5 grains of 2400. AKA, the Keith Load. (That's the MAX, work up to it slowly and carefully starting at around 9 grains.)
     
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    I would and do load a 180gr WFNGC by Cast Performance for loading up those .357 Magnum rounds for the woods. They have a very wide meplat, are gas checked and they are accurate in my guns.

    From my Marlin 1894C using W296/H110 I got 1547 fps.
    With the same gun and bullet using Lil'Gun I got over 100 fps more with a velocity of 1657 fps. (not bad at all) Sorry I didn't run that ammo over a Chrono in a revolver.
     
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    x2 on using 180 gr cast bullets if you are talking about killing hogs.
     
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    180 XTP. Great weight retention and penetration. I handload them a bit hotter than Hornady, and still have never had a problem with jacket separation, even outta my Marlin. In my opinion its the best jhp for hunting.
     
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    I seen where Buffalo Bore 180 gr goes about 1300 fps in a 3 inch gun.
    Thinking about buying some of those today. For defence you could load
    every other one, a 125 gr at 1450 and a 180 gr at 1300. Cover anything.
    and this from a 3 inch revolver.
     
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