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.357 whitetail round input please

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by MidRoad, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Hookeye

    Hookeye Member

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    Thanks. Was my dad's 69 E series. Grew up shooting it. Pop cans at 50 yards ( bottoms facing ).....pretty easy.
     
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  2. Hookeye

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    Wanted an 8 w my dads gun. Did it. Shot a coyote on the run with it too. Bud thought i was nuts yote hunting w revolver.....until then LOL

    Same load..... Hornady Leverevolution.

    Another bud of mine shoots.357 on deer.....Marlin lever gun. 180 jhp pushed as fast as he can. Says out to 100 it works so well he dumped his .357 max. He's 12 for 12
     
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  3. buck460XVR

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    That's my preference any more with .357 revolver for deer, or the XTP FP instead of the HPs. In the carbine I prefer the Deep Curls or the FPs. 158 grainers for me, gives the best balance of velocity/trajectory and penetration..
     
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  4. Hookeye

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    I have a few boxes of PMC 158s. That was my plan but the Leverevolution shot scary good so stopped there.
     
  5. MidRoad

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    My gp does group those federal jsp's very well. I did some digging on the web and seems like a lotta folks are getting over 1300 fps in 4" guns. So my 6" should be getting atleast that. Maybe I'll just keep trucking along with them for now. Still interested k. Hearing experiences though.
     
  6. ACES&8S

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    All this information has changed my mind about 357 mag revolver hunting.
    My son wants to try it this year & I said a 44 mag only, because of my past hunting success of course.
    Blinders is what it was, yet I own about 6 of the 357 magnums & he only has the one & it never
    crossed my mind to use them for Deer hunting & again the 357 mag is what I carry for self defense from
    bear & evil persons while bow hunting.
    He has a Dan Wesson in 6" barrel, should I get him a longer barrel perhaps, or will his do well?
    He is very good with his cast reloads.
    I repent of my past downing of the 357 for deer, you guys are good for revelation.
     
  7. MidRoad

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    I can't see why a 6" wouldn't do the trick as long as he does his part and keeps the range reasonable. Please share if he bags one :thumbup:
     
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  8. Fyrstyk

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    I like the 180 grain Remington hollow point out of my 6" SA revolver. I limit my shots to less than 75 yards, and so far i am 3 for 3 with one shot. Deer went only about 25 yards after being hit with high shoulder shots.
     
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    He is a very good shot with the revolver at 50 yards, that is standing with a slow aim & smooth trigger. I need to get him out on our place
    with some groundhogs or something first, he has killed a few deer & all were excellent placement, I guess I just worry about an old habit he
    used to have of jerking the trigger when he first started with the bow then the rifle. It is just a Dad thing. I already have a place for him to
    set up where he won't be shooting over 40 yards & from a Tent like he did good in last year with the Xbow.
    I sure will make sure his work gets sent here if successful, I know he will have the opportunity. It never fails there with the right wind.
     
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  10. MaxP

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    I personally like good penetration from my bullet choices. That said, whitetail- even big whitetail- aren’t hard to punch through. I also like expanding bullets on deer and frankly, the .357 will benefit from an increase in diameter. I am a big fan of the A-frame, but Federal does load it a bit light. The XPB is a bullet that does a lot of damage, and Buffalo Bore offers a good load with this bullet. While placement is always critical, the .357 doesn’t offer a lot of margin for error, therefore, make sure that whatever you choose you can shoot accurately.
     
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  11. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    Is anybody going to San Antone?
    I preferred the Barnes 140 gr all copper projectile and the 158 gr federal JSP.
     
  12. Arkansas Paul

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    Max, do you like expanding bullets on whitetails for any caliber, or just smaller diameter calibers like .357 mag?
     
  13. MaxP

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    All....

    They are a game animal that responds positively (negatively?) to expansion and velocity.
     
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  14. buck460XVR

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    While I agree with Max 100%, when it comes to expanding handgun bullets, one needs to realize that many of them are designed to expand at relatively low velocities and when hitting fairly soft tissue and are made more for SD against 2 legged predators as opposed to medium to large size game. This is very true when it comes to .357. 90% of it's usage is for plinking and SD/HD and the majority of expanding bullets in that caliber are designed as such. Choose a good bullet designed for hunting deer sized game and you should be fine.
     
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  15. Random 8

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    I did test a few loads on a deer carcass this spring. Was a deer hit on the road directly in front of my cabin. Large, Northern MN mature doe, should be comparable to your deer. After a quick call to the CO to get permission and and e-mailed possession tag, I dispatched the wounded animal with a headshot from a high powered rifle. A quick inspection revealed severe damage to the front quarters, so I decided to test a couple of rounds from my camp pistol, a 6" Taurus M66.

    Federal AE 158 JSP. Fired one through the lungs dead broadside, and one quartering through to far side shoulder. Both passed through and showed evidence of expansion, would have killed a deer cleanly. This is a reliable and accurate load in my handgun, and the low price is a nice bonus.

    Nosler 158 JHP max load H110 (IDK if this bullet is available in factory ammo). Same shot angles. Broadside shot passed through with excellent expansion evident. Quartering shot lodged in far side shoulder just under the hide (found when I skinned).

    Hornady 125 XTP factory load. Tested only a single double shoulder shot. Severe damage to front side shoulder, no pass through. Bullet lodged in muscle or bone on far side.
     
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