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Old 07-19-2010, 08:21 PM   #1
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Default Good 357 Whitetail round?

Any suggestions would help.

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Old 07-19-2010, 08:24 PM   #2
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The only thing I can suggest is use the heaviest projectile you can find and don't shoot over 20 yards. IMHO you will lose too much energy after 20 yards to make an ethical kill.



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http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f50/handgun-deer-29029/
This thread had a relevant post, about #4 i bleve. Good luck on removing these jaywalking traffic hazards.
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Agree with the heaviest load and I would suggest a minimum 6" barrel w/scope.

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Old 09-12-2010, 03:56 PM   #5
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Default Try Double Tap ammo

The Double Tap 180 WFN hard cast round runs 1265 fps from my 4" S&W 686 groups tight and will completely penetrate a Whitetail deer from any angle. The wide flat .270" meplate does the tissue destruction in a long wound channel. This round also has the penetration needed for wild hogs as well.

This is a consistent performing hunting round.

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I use 158gr JSP over W296 in my Model 19-4 w/ a 6"barrel. It is very accurate w/ iron sights and there is no need for a scope.

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The only thing I can suggest is use the heaviest projectile you can find and don't shoot over 20 yards. IMHO you will lose too much energy after 20 yards to make an ethical kill.

+1 on what Hunter Joe said.
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Default Energy is easy to quantify but tissue destruction is final.

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The only thing I can suggest is use the heaviest projectile you can find and don't shoot over 20 yards. IMHO you will lose too much energy after 20 yards to make an ethical kill.
With my handloads of H110/296 (same powder) and Beartooth 185 grain WFNGC bullets makes it to 1250fps out of a 4" barrel. The meplat or flat measures .280" across, the same as the original Keith .44 SWC. While the .44 may penetrate more due to its greater mass, there is only so much penetration needed on a whitetail deer. No one accuses the .44 Keith 250gr. of being inadequate for deer. Since both bullets have the same meplat and both will penetrate completely through any deer, the question becomes, how dead is dead.

The meplat, expanded or built into the bullet + velocity at impact, in is what damages tissue in penetration. I put little stock in energy figures, particularly since Foot/Pounds was developed to compare steam engines to horse power!

In the dawning years of the 20th century, firearms marketing types latched onto ft/lbs as a way to make the new faster smokeless rounds seem far more powerful than their big bore black powder predecessors. This is not to disparage the trajectory advantage of modern smokeless rounds.

If a 180 grain lead flat nose bullet fired at 1250fps from a .38-40 Winchester '73 carbine could drop a whitetail at 50 yards, so can a .357 revolver firing the same weight of lead at the same velocity!
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With my handloads of H110/296 (same powder) and Beartooth 185 grain WFNGC bullets makes it to 1250fps out of a 4" barrel. The meplat or flat measures .280" across, the same as the original Keith .44 SWC. While the .44 may penetrate more due to its greater mass, there is only so much penetration needed on a whitetail deer. No one accuses the .44 Keith 250gr. of being inadequate for deer. Since both bullets have the same meplat and both will penetrate completely through any deer, the question becomes, how dead is dead.

The meplat, expanded or built into the bullet + velocity at impact, in is what damages tissue in penetration. I put little stock in energy figures, particularly since Foot/Pounds was developed to compare steam engines to horse power!

In the dawning years of the 20th century, firearms marketing types latched onto ft/lbs as a way to make the new faster smokeless rounds seem far more powerful than their big bore black powder predecessors. This is not to disparage the trajectory advantage of modern smokeless rounds.

If a 180 grain lead flat nose bullet fired at 1250fps from a .38-40 Winchester '73 carbine could drop a whitetail at 50 yards, so can a .357 revolver firing the same weight of lead at the same velocity!

Funny right there! I use 160 and 205gr in .44-40 for whitetail. 160 for real short range, 200..205 for 100 yards. BTW, I use a 1892 Rifle. You do gain allot w/ a 24" barrel.
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Default 158 grain

Any american ammo manufacturer.
at least a 158 grain bullet in .357 Mag. or larger.



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