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Old 03-12-2012, 03:45 AM   #11
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Nothing wrong with the .357 mag for deer. Have taken a few myself with it. I use hot loaded 158gr hard cast SWC out of a 6" S&W mod-27. I also try to keep shots within 50 yards.

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I have a couple of lever guns in .357. Works fine for deer under 100 yards. All of my kills have been at 50 yards or less. If you have to use factory ammo check out Buffalo Bore ammo for the best .357 cartridges to use in a rifle. If you re-load work up a hot load with a JHP. I use H-110 powder 15.3m gr., magnum primer with a 158gr JHP for deer.

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I hunt with a S&W 686 357mag, My last deer shot, I was using the Hornady 158gr HP-XTP with a velocity of 1050fps. The deer was a 200lbs doe shot at 65 yards. The bullet entered between ribs, went through the heart and lungs then broke a rib on exit. The bullet wasn't recovered but the expansion seemed minimal, the exit hole was about 5/8inches. The deer was already running, ran about 50 yards after being shot, then collapsed.

I switched to using the 180gr HP-XTP at the same velocity. I calculate my effective range differently than most others do.


Here is a calculator that may help.
Hornady HITS calculator

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