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Old 03-15-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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I was wondering if any of you have any experience with taking hogs at short (under 50 yards) with a 357 rifle. I have a rossi 357 that has a 20" barrel and is deadly accurate and have a pc of property with hogs on it and we don't want them there. Has anyone done this? If so what bullet would you recommend? I was thinking a light soft point moving very fast for penetration?


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Old 03-15-2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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I was wondering if any of you have any experience with taking hogs at short (under 50 yards) with a 357 rifle. I have a rossi 357 that has a 20" barrel and is deadly accurate and have a pc of property with hogs on it and we don't want them there. Has anyone done this? If so what bullet would you recommend? I was thinking a light soft point moving very fast for penetration?
I have no experience but I immagion you would want a heavy bullet loaded hot.


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I've taken hogs at 25 yards with a .204. I don't recommend it, but it can be done. I've also taken them inside 50 yrds with 270 gr magnum express core-locked sabot slugs from a rifled 16ga barrel and lost a good deal of meat tearing the critter up.

People hunt hogs with everything but the kitchen sink. Hit em in the right spot with that 357 Rossi and they will go down. Get them hogs!
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It should be OK, people shoot them with .357 handguns. Your carbine should do nicely.
I'd probably go with Buffalo Bore 180s if I didn't reload. (Opinions vary of course.)
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It should be OK, people shoot them with .357 handguns. Your carbine should do nicely.
I'd probably go with Buffalo Bore 180s if I didn't reload. (Opinions vary of course.)
Thanks overkill. I was trying to think of a good hard cast bullet and the buffalo bore slipped my mind.
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158 grain soft point will be going around 1700-1800 fps in the 20" barrel. The 125 grain will be 1900-2000 fps.
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If you reload,, Montana bullet works has some very good flat nose cast bullets up to around 190 grains, I'd go for the 160 wide flat point gas checks, to make sure the rounds chamber easily in your rifle. Hogs normally aren't too hard to kill, if the first one goes into the right spot, but I've seen them shot to pieces with a 30-30 and they still kept going. Make the first one count and that little Rossi should do very well in my opinion.

Good luck and enjoy the fresh pork.
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I have shot about 25 hogs and have considered the 357 rifle but the other 35 (Remington) works so good I have not tried the 357 yet. If you do I suggest you use a 180 gr SP or hard cast bullet.
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I recommend hitting the piggy in the neck to sever the spine. You will also will not damage the meat. I have harvested many boar. I am a good shot and prefer to aim through the ears to destroy the brain. But, the pig needs to give you a good side profile. I hunt with a .308 though. Do hogs chase you like the European boar? How big are their waffen(weapons/tusks).
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Buffalo Bore is great stuff but expensive. Federal makes their (I'm probably screwing up the name a little) Vital-Shok series with hard CastCore bullets of 180 grains in .357. A carbine will probably add 20% power to the round over the handgun (the rifle may acually be slower than a carbine). S/be a devastating combination for those nasty wild hogs up to the size of a black bear.



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