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Old 06-01-2010, 09:43 PM   #1
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Hey Guys/Gals.

I am considering purchasing a S&W 686 .357 Magnum for use as a backup while Hog & 'Gator Hunt'n.

Is a .357 Magnum loaded with 110,125, or 158 grain hollowpoints big enough for Hog medicine?

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I don't really know, but this is the ammunition in my .357 when I go camping: Ammunition To Go : 20rds - 357 Mag Corbon 200gr. Hard Cast Ammo [HT357200HC/20] - $26.95

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I would not use hollow points or any bullet lighter than 158 gr. Hogs are tough and you need PENETRATION! A 158 -180gr hard cast semi-wadcutter or flat nose bullet will suffice.

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I would not use hollow points or any bullet lighter than 158 gr. Hogs are tough and you need PENETRATION! A 158 -180gr hard cast semi-wadcutter or flat nose bullet will suffice.
Absolutely +1. Look at the heavy (180/200gr) bullet loads from Buffalo Bore, Double Tap and CorBon. An option if you handload is the 173gr Keith SWC over a stout charge of powder like the loads found on. www.handloads.com
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I would not use hollow points or any bullet lighter than 158 gr. Hogs are tough and you need PENETRATION! A 158 -180gr hard cast semi-wadcutter or flat nose bullet will suffice.
I totally agree................

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Here's the load I would use for hogs,
Buffalo Bore Ammunition 357 Magnum 180 Grain Lead Flat Nose Gas Check Box of 20 - MidwayUSA
I assume your are going with a 4-6 inch barrel. This load from a 2 1/2 inch would be way past comfortable to shoot.

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I use 158gr JSP. I would use a cast 158 before a hollow point.

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I've got a lever action Rossi M92 SRC rifle in .357 Mag. that does the trick just right on the pigs we've got running around here in S. Florida. I use a 158 gr. FMJ that has a flat nose on it. I load'em hot for the rifle using W296 and get about 1800 fps out of the 16" barrel. Never failed to drop one yet.

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I'm with robo on this one. I wouldn't go any lighter then 158gr and I would lean towards a hard cast over a HP or even a soft point. You need all the penetration you can get.

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Default Use a Hard Cast Heat Treated WFN

The only 357 Mag. ammo I would trust to bust a big hog would have to be loaded with a wide flat nose hard cast heat treated bullet. My own handloads move a 185gr FN from Beartooth Bullets at 1250fps from my 4" bbl. S&W 686.
The BTB 185 has a flat or meplat the same size as a .44 Keith SWC for maximum damage and penetration.

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