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#2861106 - 09/13/15 07:22 PM Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer?
bigtrucker Offline
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Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 263
Loc: Manito, Illinois,USA
i have decided to hunt this year with my handgun! I have a Ruger GP100 six inch stainless, 357 Magnum. This is what I have and what I am going to use. My question is what is the best factory ammo in this Caliber for deer? I am not interested in any other calibers, because this is what I have!
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#2861113 - 09/13/15 07:43 PM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: bigtrucker]
CZ527 Offline
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Registered: 12/25/14
Posts: 2093
Loc: Texas Panhandle
I have a carbine, but I like black hills 158 gr hollow points. That's my go-to for hunting brushy country.
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#2861133 - 09/13/15 08:39 PM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: bigtrucker]
muskrat30 Offline
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Registered: 03/03/02
Posts: 3033
Loc: Wisconsin
I would look to a sturdy bullet, like a WFN hardcast, 180 or so grain. Somebody should be selling loaded ammo.
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#2861141 - 09/13/15 09:03 PM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: bigtrucker]
zhelton Offline
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Registered: 11/22/13
Posts: 472
Loc: Arkansas
I used a factory 158 jhp by winchester last year out of a rifle. Medium sized doe and she went about 50 yards. No trouble puttin her down

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#2861147 - 09/13/15 09:14 PM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: bigtrucker]
Bearcat 74 Offline
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Registered: 01/06/02
Posts: 967
Loc: Oneida,Tennessee,U.S.

Something WFN and cast would be my pick: http://www.midwayusa.com/hunting/br?cid=21701
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#2861183 - 09/13/15 10:31 PM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: bigtrucker]
Varminterror Offline
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Registered: 03/23/12
Posts: 2876
Loc: Kansas
The .357mag is really a 50-75yrd MAXIMUM deer cartridge - not a step further. There are lots of bullets that will do the job, nothing special required. As much disdain as I have for the 357mag as a deer hunting cartridge, I've killed a bunch with it (hence how I developed my opinion on the matter), and there are plenty of bullets that will do the job at that range. I can't recall whether it was a 125grn Critical Defense or if it was a 140grn Leverevolution, but my wife killed a meat doe over 40yrds a few years ago with a 2.25" Ruger SP101 snub-nose. I killed a few with handloaded Gold Dot Bonded Hunting bullets (Now called "Deep Curl") in the early 2000's, did very well. Hit a few with 158grn semi-wadcutters and LRN's... Killed a bunch of deer with Winchester White Box 158grn semi-jacketed soft points too...

Most of the 357mag bullets out there are designed with deer hunting in mind, so it's not unexpected when so many bullets will do the job at the ranges that the .357mag is effective.
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#2861231 - 09/14/15 08:40 AM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: bigtrucker]
xphunter Offline
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Registered: 11/01/09
Posts: 1688
Loc: Gillette, WY
Hornady ammo with 158 grain XTP's will work among other things.
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#2861240 - 09/14/15 09:24 AM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: xphunter]
coleridge Offline
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 2878
Loc: Central NC
I've killed several deer (all inside 50 yards) with the .357. Everything I have used has worked real well. Even the 125gr gold dot & Hydroshock has been great. If I were specifically wanting something just to deer hunt, I'd look in the 158gr hp category. I too killed several with the old 158gr Gold dot & it was as good as it gets in the 357. No need for the 180 hard cast stuff in my experience. Hit them in the shoulders with a HP & they fall down. Hit them behind the shoulders with a hp & they are 50 yards away...
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#2861383 - 09/14/15 07:33 PM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: bigtrucker]
sandy hicks Offline
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Registered: 03/19/15
Posts: 3186
Loc: southeast texas
I like the 180 grn jsp remington but it is hard to find sometimes. Xphunter is right. A 158 xtp will do the trick. 75 yards and in should be reasonable.
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#2861726 - 09/15/15 09:35 PM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: bigtrucker]
Riflemann Offline
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Registered: 12/29/02
Posts: 2178
Loc: WC Minnesota
Hornady 158gr. XTP's work for me when I use the 357.
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#2862341 - 09/17/15 09:16 PM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: Riflemann]
bigtrucker Offline
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Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 263
Loc: Manito, Illinois,USA
Thanks for all the in put! Looks like I will go with 158 hp, that I already have and stay under 70 yds! Again thanks
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#2862348 - 09/17/15 09:36 PM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: bigtrucker]
Widow maker 223 Offline
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Registered: 12/10/11
Posts: 4186
Loc: Northern IN
You will be good to go with your choice.

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#2862974 - 09/20/15 01:42 AM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: bigtrucker]
TripleDeuce660 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 11/10/08
Posts: 2913
Loc: Las Vegas Nevada
underwood ammo loads full power loads and has the 158 grain xtp and 180 grain flat nose gas checked.
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#2862975 - 09/20/15 01:44 AM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: bigtrucker]
TripleDeuce660 Offline
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Registered: 11/10/08
Posts: 2913
Loc: Las Vegas Nevada
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#2862998 - 09/20/15 08:36 AM Re: Best 357 Magnum cartridge for Deer? [Re: bigtrucker]
geartow Offline
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Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 38
Loc: syracuse ny
The few I have taken with the 357 were with magtech 158 softpoints all with in 30 yards. None went out of sight before falling.

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