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November 16, 2011, 09:17 PM
I plan to do some deer hunting with my new Rossi 92 in 357 magnum. What loads would you recommend? Soft points, semi wadcutters? I'm open to your suggestions.

November 16, 2011, 09:25 PM
My Son, my Daughter and my Wife all took their first deer with a Marlin .357. I killed a bunch'a deer with it too. I believe we all used WW Silvertips.

Deja vu
November 16, 2011, 09:46 PM
I killed my first deer with a marlin 357 magnum rifle. That was many years ago and I don't remember what the bullet was.

Since then I have killed many other deer with a similar rifle. I like to load 158, 170 or 180 grain bullets. Usually I use the 158 grain bullets. I Reload and I prefer h110 powder. 357 magnums are one of the easiest bullets to reload. I would avoid expanding bullets such as hollow points.

Remember make the shot count. I bad shot with a 357 magnum will likely have you tracking a wounded deer for a long time. I try to keep my shots under 100 yards.

I feel hunting with a rifle like this is similar to hunting with a pistol or black powder. I do it because it adds to the challenge.

November 17, 2011, 12:30 AM
IMO, stay away from HP bullets. Make sure the ammo you select is designed for hunting and meets the requirements for energy and bullet type set by your regulating bodies. I would say a load using 170 gr or 180 gr bullet made for deer hunting.

November 17, 2011, 12:50 AM
I would say you will be fine with either a SWC or a softpoint of 150grs or more.In a hollowpoint the only 3 I would recommend are the 158 and 180gr XTP or the Reminton 180gr.Any of these will expand and still penetrate deep.Speer makes a 170gr softpoint that you may want to look into as well.

November 17, 2011, 01:35 AM
I would avoid "self defense" lightweight hollow points, like the 110-125 gr loads. The 140-150 range is likely boderline. Wounds may be to shallow and slugs fragile at carbine speeds.

Deer loads for .357 carbine start at 158 gr and go up. I see no reason why a heavy HP would not be adequate on deer size game.

I would not shoot SWC at deer in .357. (big bore only on that one)

Hunter Customs
November 17, 2011, 09:44 AM
I've heard some people swear by the 125 gr soft nose bullets as the best for Deer, but I never was that confident using them.

I liked the 158 gr soft point bullets.

I killed a Deer at 80 yards with an 8&3/8 inch barrel S&W mod 27, the load I was using was a 158 gr soft point over 2400 powder.
The load was an old Elmer Keith load so it had some good velocity and punch to it.

Best Regards
Bob Hunter

November 17, 2011, 12:10 PM
I would go with federal hydrashoks myself. then again I always give ATK brands the benefit of the doubt and try to ignore everyone else as much as possible.

November 18, 2011, 09:01 PM
If you're open to suggestions, a proper 35 for deer is a 35 Remington or a 35 Whelen. No margin, just meat.

November 19, 2011, 08:20 AM
Thanks for the suggestions guys. I do have a Winchester 94 in 30-30 that I use quite a bit.

I really love the way this 92 handles though and would like to give it a try. I doubt I'll be shooting beyond 75yrds. Probably not further than 50.

Jack O'Conner
November 19, 2011, 04:25 PM
This South African impala was toppled with 357 MAG carbine. Photo is courtesy of Paco Kelly.