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Old October 2, 2021, 10:11 AM   #17
Red Devil
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Originally Posted by horseman308 View Post
The place I hunt is pretty thick. Straight wall rifle cartridges are legal this year for deer, so I'm gonna take the 1873 out I was gonna get some of the new Federal Hammer Down loads, but of course, there's none to be had. I've read that as most .357mag is intended for short barrels (i.e. pistols), many bullets meant for defensive use end up fragmenting at the higher velocities from a carbine.

Whether that is true or not I can't attest. But I've got all the components to load a deer worthy cartridge, except maybe the bullets. I do have some 158g hardcast lead, but I don't know I how those would do. I'm open to suggestions on bullet selection. Assuming bullets can be found either....
Inside of 100 yds...?

Federal American Eagle 158 gr. JSP.
Barnes VOR-TX 140 gr. XPB.
HDY Custom 158 gr. XTP.
Remington 180 gr. JHP.

HDY 180 gr. XTP over H110 powder.

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