.357 for deer?

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by jjfuller1, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    Title says it. So far the farthest deer I've shot was about 40 yards. At least 3 have been under 15yards. So I thought if I buy a pistol I'd like to use it for a deer. Just wanted to see if you thought this round capable enough for the task or should I go with a .44?
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    .357 mag will work, get at least 8 inch barrel. .357 ballistics improve greatly with increases in barrel length.

    C3shooter has pictures of a 357 mag with a 10 inch barrel and says he uses it to deer hunt.
     

  3. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    IIRC, a .357 is similar to a 30-30 at close range, so it should work just fine.
     
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  4. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    An 8" bbl is not a requirement.

    I've got some 140gn XTPs I loaded over 19gr H110 that should do just fine out of my 6" Ruger on Whitetail. I usually carry my 10mm during deer season, but this year it will be the gp100.
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Inside 50 yards a 357 will get the job done with no problems. Stick with the heavier bullets, I would go with nothing lighter then 158gr. I would also get a barrel at least 6" long, anything shorter then that doesn't really have a place hunting, IMHO.
    I would also double check to see what, if any, barrel length requirements your state has.

    If you can handle a 44, it will handle the deer well past 50 yards if you can keep the bullet on target. You also open yourself up to a much wider range of bullet weight that will take deer as well as larger animals.
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    I do indeed use a 10 incher- for Eastern Whitetail. Hunting laurel thickets where 50 yards would be a LONG shot. I do my own handloads- 185 gr hard cast. DO NOT use a 125 HP.

    However, check your state game laws. When I lived in Colorado, THAT revolver would not have been legal for deer.

    My rule of thumb- the range that I can put 6 rounds in a 5 inch paper plate - using the shooting position I would use in the field- is my max range. That is about the size of the rapid kill zone for a deer.

    Yes, 44 Mag will work- but my .357 also does to job if I do mine.
     
  7. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Ain`t no way a .357 Mag. will even come close to being similar to the .30-30 Win. , not even at muzzle, out of a carbine, the .357 at 1900 fps & the .30-30 at 2500 not even close

    .357 mag. for White-tail out of a revolver, YES keep it under 50 yds............
     
  8. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    I think he ment performance wise, not velocity. A 357 hollow point is plenty for deer. I would stick to 50 yards or under.
     
  9. The_Kid

    The_Kid New Member

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    I use my 686 8" barreled 357mag with 180gr bullets now. The last time i shot one with it I was using 158gr HP-XTPs and at 65 yards. Went clean through it broadside hitting the heart and lungs breaking a rib on exit. Lots of damage to the innards but the exit wound was 45cal or so. It ran about 50 yards before it collapsed.
     
  10. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    Nice shot. Optics or just irons?
     
  11. The_Kid

    The_Kid New Member

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    The stock iron sights.
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    Thanks!
     
  12. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    Excellent shot with irons. I cant seem to hit anything with a 357. Im fine with 38 special and even 44mag but 357 just throws me.
     
  13. The_Kid

    The_Kid New Member

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    When I first started shooting this pistol I gained a new respect for pistol accuracy.
    Here is the last shot I took with it.
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHxkDfU4kTE"]S&W 686 at 250 Yards 3[/ame]
    That was one shot that day. I can almost shoot as well with it, as I do with my rifles.

    Thanks again!
     
  14. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    Damn. That was quite a shot
     
  15. Hookeye

    Hookeye Active Member

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    Oops, I shot it past 50 yards (52 yards) ;)
    Facing away, aimed for spine and got it. Puny cartridge should allow for precise placement.
    I want a 629-3 or older, 6" for hunting, 4" for general carry (I can get on fast with a 4" but find the more crude sight radius to be a 50 yard max use thing- for me).
    For deer (and groundhogs) I like a .44 better.
    And with that, for long D work, 8 3/8" or 9.5"...........makes things a lot easier.

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    Last edited: Jul 22, 2012
  16. Hookeye

    Hookeye Active Member

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    My old man is not the shooter he used to be, and he does pretty good standing on 200 M IHMSA rams with a 8 3/8" 686. Cost, power, accuracy............hard rig to beat.