RCBS 270 SAA at 900 fps or any 357 magnum load

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ocob, Dec 18, 2018.

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  1. ocob

    ocob Member

    Apr 6, 2013
    for hunting deer and hogs? If you think 357, then what 357 load that wouldn't stress a 686? I know that "Ruger only" 45 Colt loads will leave a 357 in the dust but I am not interest in those.
  2. 25-20 WCF

    25-20 WCF Member

    Jul 5, 2009
    The heavy .45 all the way. Your loading is pretty mild but will work well (I used a 280 WFN cast at 950 on a Texas deer, killed him well) and will overshadow any .357 loading in a revolver. But, better a .357 than a 9mm....

  3. gotboostvr

    gotboostvr Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    Buckeye Country
    I'd go with the 45 as well. My 44mag loads for whitetail is hotter than they need to be, but they're very accurate out of the carbine I also hunt with.

    A nice fat hardcast at a reasonable velocity should work very well.
  4. jak67429

    jak67429 Member

    May 24, 2006
    Any reasonable 158gr sp, hard cast, or or a hunting designed hollow point like the xtp. Stay away from self defense bullets not enough penetration. should be fine if you stay within your limits.
  5. The Evangelist Cowboy

    The Evangelist Cowboy Member

    Oct 25, 2017
    Is anybody going to San Antone?
    Damn thats 20 grs over me. I stick with 250 gr .45 slugs for both Texas whitetail and hog. The .357 is fine in a 158 gr. I've used rhe federal load , it works fine .
  6. 35 Whelen
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    35 Whelen Contributing Member

    Feb 10, 2008
    North Texas
    I love the .357 and a Uberti so chambered is what I typically carry around the house in case I see a coyote or hog. But when I'm hunting with a revolver, it's either a .44 Special or a 45 Colt, both being Uberti's. I've used the 45-270 SAA on a buck and a javelina, but mine was the hollowpoint version at 263 grs. and running around 1040 fps out of the 5 1/2" barrel. It whistled through the little javelina with no signs of having expanded, but definitely expanded on the buck.


    I prefer penetration so I won't be using the HP version anymore, having switched back to the solid SWC that weighs 288-290 grs. I've been shooting it in a Uberti Frisco and it has given me some very satisfying accuracy.



    I want to say the Unique load is running somewhere around 850 fps, but I don't recall and my load log is in the shop.


    ^^^^^This is the load I settled on. Pressures are in the 20,000 psi range so it's fine in a New Vaquero or in the recent Uberti 1873 reproductions.^^^^^

    That RCBS bullet running 900 fps would be fine on any whitetail, based on my experiences in shooting them with .44 calibers SWC's running around 935 fps.

    Again the .357 will definitely work, but I don't trust a HP in a caliber that small to penetrate deep enough on anything but broadside shots, and the SWC's and WFN's don't have near the frontal area of a big ol' .45 caliber bullet.

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