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Old November 5, 2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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lever action hunting

I have a lever action trapper in 357, tell me about deer hunting with that

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Old November 5, 2012, 02:58 PM   #2
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Here is article from Paco Kelly on his www.leverguns.com website that is an interesting read. The .357 works real good in a rifle.
http://leverguns.com/articles/paco/3...literature.htm
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Old November 5, 2012, 08:32 PM   #3
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I have several revolvers, and 2 carbines. Both Marlin and Rossi. You can shoot American eagle 158 gr and do fine on deer with the carbines with good shot placement. Any 158gr soft point seems to work well and I propel my hand loads with a max charge of Lil Gun. My favorite load is a WFN lead bullet made by me that is a replica of Beartooth bullets 185gr flat nose, and a high dose of Lil Gun or H110. Charges available on the Beartooth forum. This makes for a very effective 100 yard combination.
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Old November 6, 2012, 02:40 AM   #4
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We knock the suitability of .357 carbines for deer around a good bit, in addition to what ever responses you get, you might try the search function.

With an appropriate bullet (I'm thinking 158 gr and up, in JHP or SP configuration) a .357 carbine ought to make a suitable deer gun up to 100 yds or so. The .357 ctg gets a pretty good boost from carbine length barrels, maybe 400 fps or more, and takes the round to a serious level of power.

Lots of guys have killed deer with .357 carbines. While it does not equal .30-30 power, or .44 mag power, it is a viable option, used within the limits of your ability and the rounds limited reach.
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Old November 7, 2012, 12:40 AM   #5
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Good choice for heavy cover and short range. would limit to 75 yds or what I could hold on a standard paper plate.
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Old November 7, 2012, 12:56 AM   #6
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I have killed the majority of my deer with a Marlin 1894 (16.5 inch barrel) I have used 140 grain cast all the way up to 200 grain bullets.

In my opinion 158 is the sweet spot. I like to use Flat point bullets over H110.

The Best factory loads I have used is the Buffalo Bore (both 158 and 180 grain) as well as the Magtec 158 grain SJSP

The range I get deer at is typically 35ish-80ish yards. I shoot them from my back porch using the rail like a bench. When I have to go and hunt I usually bring the 45-70 encase I see a Bear or a Moose.
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Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.

all 25 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple
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Old November 12, 2012, 03:58 PM   #7
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Thanks guys, I'm much more confident now
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