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Old April 29, 2007, 01:42 PM   #1
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Deer hunting load for .357 mag

I will not be using this as my primary hunting implement, but as a backup for my rifle. I do , however want the option to take a deer at close range (less than 50yds) with the gun. I am wondering if the Speer 160 Semi wadcutter half jacket, or the 158 grain Hornady XTP would be a better bullet choice (I have them both). I have H-110, H-4227, Bullseye, and Unique right now. The gun is a 4" Ruger GP 100. Note: I would like the load to be as "powerful" as possible asn still safe in my GP. I am thinking the listed loads are a little anemic. What say you?
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Old April 29, 2007, 04:48 PM   #2
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The Hornady website has a neat little tool that will calculate energy and all that.
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Old April 30, 2007, 11:05 AM   #3
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158 Hornady XTP bullet and 2400 powder. I have harvested two deer with this combination, but with a six inch barrel.
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