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Old 10-01-2010, 09:46 PM   #11
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Buffalo Bore makes a 180 grain 1,400fps round for 783 lbs of muzzle energy,if it were me that's what I would use.

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Old 07-25-2011, 02:46 AM   #12
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I hope you are planning on running that .357 through a rifle, and that you are using a minimum of 158 gr and preferrably a 180 gr hard cast Keith SWC.

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158gr or heavier and a bullet that is designed more for penetration then expansion. A 357 will more then take a deer here in NC but the shot needs to be well placed and when using a pistol I stay within 50 yards.
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:53 PM   #14
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Great info. Anymore?
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:48 PM   #15
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...since S&W convinced SAMMI to water down the VOLUNTARY pressure standards for the .357 Magnum in order to usher in the era of the small (J) frame .357, only smaller ammo companies truly cater to the L Frame and larger handgun hunting market with top velocity ammunition.

It is time for a full power +P standard to be adopted by the Sporting Arms and Manufacturers Institute for full size .357 Magnum revolvers.

The primary reason for the .357's poor reputation on deer size game is the use of JHP ammunition designed to limit penetration for LE/self defense use. This is also why the WFNLGC hard cast bullet has developed such a following in this caliber. A .270" to .300" meplat (flat nose) in hard cast bullets in the 175 to 200 grain weight range driven at speeds from 1200 to 1400 fps (4" to 6" barrels) are superb deer rounds at moderate (up to 100 yard) ranges. Heavier WFNLGC also have the advantage of reduced muzzle blast.

Interestingly, two of the most popular lever action deer rounds of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the .38-40 and .44-40, drove similar weight/meplat size bullets at the same velocity as todays full power .357 hunting revolvers.

Final point, the recoil level of the .357 even with heavier bullets is easily controled by the average handgunner. This makes for better bullet placement under field conditions with this extremely popular round.

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Old 09-25-2011, 10:39 PM   #16
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Thanks for the great info and getting my spirit up that I'm not undergunned.

I have an old 38-40 that my father left me and would love to take a deer with it. Are there any rounds on the market that would do the job. again at a close range as with the 357?

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Old 09-27-2011, 03:38 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Billdogge View Post
Any suggestions would help.

Bill, I like Corbon's offerings; and Hornady's. I agree that the heavier loads are better in general. However, I wouldn't feel under gunned with CorBon's .357mag. 125 gr. hollow point all-copper loads. Some shooters do very well beyond 20 yards. Ammo is getting increasingly hot.

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