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Recommendations for .357 ammo for deer hunting

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Old 04-20-2012, 11:24 AM   #1
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Recommendations for .357 ammo for deer hunting

I am sure this has been asked before, and yes I did a search, but I got a million, well thousands of topics, but I could not find this one answer.
What do you recommend for a .357 magnum round for deer hunting?
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:09 PM   #2
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I like Winchester's 180gr Partition.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:14 PM   #3
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If you are willing to spend some $$, Buffalo Bore makes some great handgun hunting loads. This is powerful stuff...

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Old 04-23-2012, 02:11 PM   #4
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Whitetails aren't really that hard to kill provide you hit them correctly. The loads the guys above mentioned would work great. I'd probably stick with 158 grain and up bullets in order to make sure I got good penetration in case you hit a shoulder bone.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:19 PM   #5
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Black Hill 158gr work well. uses hornady xtp round and loaded just right.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:01 AM   #6
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I have taken a few deer with Speer GoldDot JHP, deer are thin skinned, and the round does a excellent job of taking it down quickly.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:59 AM   #7
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I use 158gr flat points, cast or semi-jacketed, and truncated cone (my hand loads) for Everything. Works on hogs and deer out to 50 yards from my 4" Dan Wesson 715. Any brand that happens to be least expensive at the time.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:35 PM   #8
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Federal has their Fusion rounds which are specifically made for hunting.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:46 PM   #9
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I use Federal American Eagle 158gr. soft points. Chronographed 1350fps. out of a 6" barreled S&W and 1835fps. out of my Marlin 1894C 18.5" 357mag. carbine.
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:30 PM   #10
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I have killed 5 deer with a Handgun , I always figured deer are roughly similar size to humans so I pick self defense type ammo hollow points .this way it's good practice with ammo I would use in other situations.

My main concern is always shot placement , and so far I have done well never had to shoot more than once , and they have never ran far either
But I'm no expert . I just find a load that works in what I'm shooting I have 1 357 and 2 44s , then practice outside with some large diameter logs about 3-4 ft long stood on end placed at different spots ( out to 50 yards ) I get real high tech and staple paper plates which I figure to be about the size of the kill zone of a whitetail deer.
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