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Win73 07-21-2012 03:13 AM

How about a .357 RIFLE for deer?
Just for variety I would like to take a deer with my .357 Handi Rifle. In the picture the .357 barrel is the unmounted one. The mounted barrel with the scope is a .50 cal muzzleloader. I have killed two deer with it. I also have a .30-06 Handi Rifle. (Second picture) I have killed nine deer with it.

My question is would the .357 rifle be adequate to take a deer at 75 yards?

Tackleberry1 07-21-2012 03:16 AM

.357 Mag from a rifle at 75 yards...absolutely will knock down a deer.

Have Fun!


hiwall 07-21-2012 03:33 AM

Read this and decide for yourself.

I say you would be OK but you would have to pick your shots well.

towboater 07-21-2012 04:27 AM

Yep. Go get em.

tacticalfun 07-21-2012 05:06 AM

I have a henry big boy in .357 that ate a deer just fine.

ineverFTF 07-22-2012 12:48 AM

Defiantly will handle a deer. I would buy high velocity hollow point ammo though if you're planning on 75 yard shots

303tom 07-22-2012 03:44 AM

I got one of them, sure why not I do.................

Hookeye 07-22-2012 11:41 PM

Buddy took a 225# dressed 12 pt with his Marlin .357 last yr (hot handload with 180 gr bullets).
It's his 12th deer, in 12 shots.

He doesn't shoot movers, stays under 100 yards (last yr it was 85 yards and farthest shot to date, but said he wouldn't go past 100 no matter what).

Low recoil (he shoots well anyway) he waits for a good neck shot and puts it right on the money (where neck/body meet, spines 'em).

Not saying he is right or wrong, but hard to argue with that kind of success :)

FWIW (and probably not much) I have taken 1 deer with a .357, handgun. I too spined my deer looking away from me (52 yards). Pinpoint placement.

I like .44 mags better.

Will be using a .35 cal this yr in rifle though..........,35 Rem.

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