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post #101 of 104 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 03:06 PM
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I have killed a lot of deer with the 357 mag out of a Ruger 77/357. All shots under 80 yards. All one shot and done. All through the boiler room taking out the lungs or heart or both. I have also killed them with a 44 mag and 445 SM. They all died, dead, really dead, I mean dead dead, with similar shot placement.

Frankly it has been my experience that a 357 mag used when actually "hunting" a deer, that means getting close using your stalking skills and actually hunting them, is very effective. Even good sized 250lb midwest bucks have fallen to a well placed 357 mag. The 357 is a superb HUNTING cartridge for deer.

Now I have some spots where I hunt I know that a 357 mag will not work well. That is when I am choosing to play sniper. Then I bring out the 30-06 or 35 Whelen. I have dropped deer at 300 yards. Not a job for the 357 mag, heck not even the 357 max. The 357 is not a SNIPER (long shot).

An excellent bullet is the Hornady 158 XTP out of a rifle up to 150 yards. If you get in close in thick brush the Hornady 180 XTP is very good too. Never had a deer jump and argue with me after shooting it with either bullet.

Remember shot placement is king even with a little ole 22lr or on the other side a 500 WhizBangMagnumBoomer. So shoot what you can handle comfortably. You are also better serveed honing your hunting skills to get close enough to take a high percentage shot.

Then worry about cartridge and the caliber. The 357 is designed to work at close ranges in a pistol, the rifle ups the game.

Oh and when I get home tonight I will dig through some of my reloads and post some proven 357 mag deer hunting rounds that works provided you do your part.

Cartridges for My Entertainment: 22lr, .223 Rem, 30-06, 380 ACP, 38 spcl, 357 mag/max, , 35 Remington, 35 Whelen, 358 Norma Mag, 10mm Auto, 45 ACP. Mmmmkay what project can I do next... oh, I can't right now I am going hunting!
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Originally Posted by The Old Man View Post
And they tell me I have one less brick than a load 'cause I like taking deer with my .50 cal flintlock pistol and a patched roundball!
a 1/2" hole makes for a big drain no matter what speed it is traveling...

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... an' if you can get a hollow point bullet to open up with a little more velocity the hole will be considerably larger.

Think twice, shoot once...
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