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best deer hunting 357 pistol

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by TCAS, Oct 16, 2007.

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  1. TCAS

    TCAS Member

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    I want a 357 mag that can handle a steady diet of 357 180 grain bullets at near max loads.

    no scope, 6inch barrel maybe 8" I don't think my colt trooper V is up to the challenge.

    Taurus, S&W, Ruger
     
  2. Steve C

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    Ruger Black Hawk
    Thompson Center
     
  3. NCHornet

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    S&W 686 however shot placement is critical if deer hunting with a .357, range should be kept to 50ft or under. I plan on taking a few with my 44 mag 629 this year.
    Good Luck
     
  4. Ohen Cepel

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    For what you're talking about doing I second the Ruger or the Thompson.

    I don't think the Taurus or Smith will stand up to that much punishment.

    I've thought about the same thing and I would go with the Ruger. More portable than the Thompson and they feel better in my hand.
     
  5. PotatoJudge

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    I'd look at a Smith L or N frame. A K frame or your Trooper are likely up to the load, but there's no reason to wear out the Colt and it's a good excuse to get another gun. Ruger Security Six or GP100 would also be excxellent choices.
     
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  7. campbell

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    Blackhawk, by far.

    The standard Blackhawk .357's are built on a .44 mag class frame. They'll take a crazy amount of punishment. Similarly, a Freedom Arms 83 in .357 is also a .357 built on a frame designed for much heavier calibers. FA's a lot more pricey though.

    There was a run of the Acusport Bisleys in .357. Same frame as the Blackhawk. There's one on Gunbroker.


    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=82705109
     
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    R U G E R
     
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    I hope to put the decision over the top...

    RUGER NEW MODEL BLACKHAWK .357

    I carry mine every deer & elk hunt because sometimes they get too close to pop with the .270, and I really want to take the trophy picture with the Blackhawk.
     
  10. Vern Humphrey

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    I like the Blackhawk. In fact, I'd choose the .45 Colt version instead of .357 and handload for it. That's a great deer gun.
     
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    If I was concerned about it as you seem to be, I'd get a 6" Ruger GP100 or a Model 27 Smith.
     
  12. Dr.Rob

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    Pick up a used Dan Wesson 357 Maximum.. you can hot load 357 Mag, or scary hot Maximums. They can usually be had for cheap. Holsters are hard to find though.
     
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    Another vote for the Blackhawk! A GP-100 would be fine too. A .44 would be even better!
     
  14. 19-3Ben

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    I'll second the vote for either a 6" Ruger GP-100 or the Blackhawk if you prefer single-action.
     
  15. Hunter0924

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    Ruger gets my vote. Blackhawk or GP 100 would do nicely.
     
  16. Majic

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    Find a Ruger Redhawk.
     
  17. campbell

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    Geez, you and Dr. Rob are sending the poor guy on a treasure hunt. ;)

    I don't know about you guys, but I don't see Wesson .357 Max's or .357 Redhawks up for sale very often.
     
  18. Majic

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    Some people are lucky enough to walk right up on one because they don't know they can be scarce and hard to find. It's better to get educated now in case one is found than to pass by one not knowing it will fill the need he has. He need to know all of his options.
    How about this then..........a S&W Model 28 (also known as the Highway Patrolman).
     
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    Get a 27-2 S&W in 6". The "N" frame platform will shoot upper end 180's 'til Hell freezes.... I've got a couple that shoot great, wonderful triggers. 1.5"-1.75" (off a rest) are typical with a 180 gr. CP and AA9-1250 fps.
     
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    Whats wrong with the tarus tracker?
     
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    One more for the Ruger Blackhawk if you can't afford Freedom Arms. Mine is quite accurate and 180s are a steady diet. I don't know if it'll ever wear out. It's taken a couple of deer and missed a hog last year.:banghead: You don't need DA in a hunting revolver. In fact, I consider DA as undesireable. There is no need for the extra hinges and complication of a DA design in a hunting revolver, simple means strong. KISS. I don't think the Redhawk is any stronger a gun than a Blackhawk and it's HUGE by comparison. An N frame Smith? Oh, give me a break, it's a J frame in strength compared to the Blackhawk. There's this guy named Linebaugh that builds 5 shot cannons in the .460-.500 class on the Blackhawk. An N frame is totally incapable of containing such pressures in a custom build. That's why Smith has the X frame. Oh, an N frame is strong enough, but you wanted the strongest, right? The Blackhawk isn't a compact gun, but for all its strength, it's easy to tote on a belt.

    But, I just love single actions, anyway, but they do have BIG advantages in a field and hunting gun. Unlike Vern, I have a .357 AND a .45 version of the Blackhawk. :D
     
  23. Ghost Tracker

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    A steady diet of big, honkin' .357 mag loads? Ruger GP100, Blackhawk, or S&W M27.
     
  24. Deanimator

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    That's what I'll be using for deer next month. I just wish Midway had shipped my bullets with the .357 cases... :(

    Oops, It's Dillon I'm waiting on for my bullets...
     
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    Oh, yeah, nothing wrong with the Contender, either. Mine's claimed 5 deer, but it's not in .357, prefer .30-30 Winchester with a 180 Nosler Ballistic Tip at 2100 fps muzzle velocity in that one, reaches out there with precision revolvers can only dream about.
     
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