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Hunting with a 357 mag

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Wolfpaw, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. Wolfpaw

    Wolfpaw Spokane Wa. New Member

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    Was wondering what your thoughts were on hunting deer size game and smaller with a 357 mag with or without a scope. I am debatting on a trade for a 357 mag or a 45 colt both are Rugers thanks.
     
  2. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever Portland Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    A .357 within 100 yards or so will make a great deer gun. I would go .357 over 45 just because of ammo selections/variety.
     
  3. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    I would pick the 45LC with hot loaded with heavy cast bullets over the 357 but I would take a 44 mag over either . . .

    Here is last years bambi with 44 mag one shot rolled her

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  4. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever Portland Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    I too would go with a .44 mag over a .357 for hunting, however if you are as strapped for cash as I am then buying .38 specials will allow you to shoot more often.
     
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    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    A 265gr Mt. Baldy Keith-style over 9.0gr of Unique out of a Ruger Blackhawk in 45 Colt will dump any deer you come by with a lot less buck and roar.
     
  6. clambo

    clambo Vancouver, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Any, either, or. I too wouod choose a bigger hole but a .357 will work. Be sure and get a good hit, closer the better. Id pick a heavy JSP for the .357 and a cast bullet for the. 45 Colt.
     
  7. zeppelin

    zeppelin Benton County WA Active Member

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    Had a friend a few years back used a S&W 686 stainless, 6" .357 mag on a deer hunt with us near Rifle, CO. Dropped a muley buck with one shot. When we skinned it the trauma to the ribs was horrendous. Black and blue about 8" in diameter around the entrance hole. You have to be fairly close and have to do your part with shot placement but it definitely can be done.