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old fart 03-10-2012 10:24 PM

357 magnum for deer?
i have myself selling several guns lately and one was my deer rifle. i have been trying to figure out how to get another cheaper gun and ammo. i came up with the nef 357 magnum, i've owned nef's in the past and they have been good guns. since i have a 357 magnum revolver a 357 rifle makes sense to me as i can just get one kind of ammo and save money. i hunt in kentucky woods where my shots will be 100yds or less. so will a 357 magnum be a good whitetail deer gun at 100yds or less? thanks

cottontop 03-10-2012 10:30 PM

It should work fine for deer as long as you don't try to extend its range and you are careful of good shot placement.

jpattersonnh 03-10-2012 10:34 PM

Try and keep your shots at 50 yards max. You need to think about the velosity and energy that it will carry downrange to penetrate and harvest cleanly.

c3shooter 03-10-2012 10:40 PM

What they said up there^^^. For deer, you want a good hard HEAVY solid, not a 125 gr JHP. You want penetration. I deer hunt Eastern Whitetails with a .357 revolver- BUT- 10 inch bbl, 50 yds would be a long shot where I am hunting, and my handloads are 200 gr flat tip. Heart/ lung shot, never had one travel more than 25 yds.

In a carbine, should be fine at right range, right ammo. DO check your state hunting laws. They can be all over the place.

JTJ 03-11-2012 09:21 PM

I have an H&R synthetic handi rifle in 357. The minimum factory load I would use is the 158 gr JSP which is about 1850 fps in the rifle. A better choice might be the 140 gr Hornady Leverlution which should be about 2000 fps and good to 100 yards.

RustyShackleford101 03-12-2012 12:00 AM

It should be fine, but If it were me, I'd move up to a .44.

jeepejeep 03-12-2012 02:20 AM

I took a deer cleanly with a Hi-Point 9540 Carbine at about 35 yards. As long as you're close (I'd say no more than 50 yards) and hit cleanly in the heart/lung area with a 180 gr. soft point, you should be good for a quick, clean kill.

RustyShackleford101 03-12-2012 02:22 AM

Has anybody here hunted Deer with a mares leg in 357 or 44?

Tackleberry1 03-12-2012 02:32 AM

White Tail are very close in body mass and tissue density to humans and the .357 mag seems to work pretty well on 2 legged vermin so why not?

I'd pay attention to C3's load recommendations and go for it.


Werminator 03-12-2012 02:58 AM

Rusty, my limited experience with the mares leg platform lends me to believe they are mostly a novelty item. I can not get comfortable sighting and shouldering these firearms and that makes it hard to get a consistent sight plane. That said, I am probably going to look at adding a lever action .44mag to my collection, but more of a true carbine length or so. The mares leg has such a short stock it falls in between a rifle and a pistol and I personally (and this is only my opinion, I respect others who may differ) feel it is a truly lacking platform in terms of practical application. For my money, I would rather invest in a little more traditional, widespread, and proven platform.

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