How about a .357 RIFLE for deer?

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by Win73, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. Win73

    Win73 New Member

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    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?

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  2. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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

    Have Fun!

    Tack
     

  3. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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  4. towboater

    towboater Active Member

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  5. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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

    ineverFTF New Member

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    Defiantly will handle a deer. I would buy high velocity hollow point ammo though if you're planning on 75 yard shots
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2012
  7. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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

    Hookeye Active Member

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    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.