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Old February 16, 2002, 03:27 PM   #1
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.357 Cartridges for Hunting?

I have a Colt Python .357 4” and was looking for a web site that discussed the pros and cons of different cartridges that can be used for hunting in this caliber. Suggestions?
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Old February 17, 2002, 12:41 PM   #2
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What are you planning to hunt? 357 has been successfully used to harvest game up to deer. It is a little light for wild boar. The 4 inch barrel, I think, is a handicap to hunting. The sight radius is short and you are not likely to get the most velocity possible out of such a short barrel. Also, the Python has a reputation for going out of time with heavy Magnum loads.
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Old February 17, 2002, 01:37 PM   #3
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I have a >357 Trooper III also with a 4" bbl. My brother and I are going on a hog hunt in South Texas the 1st of March. I will be using my 10mm Glock as my back-up to my single shot >45-70 NEF. My brother will be using my .357 as back-up. I am loading it with 200 grain hard cast bullets over about 12 grains of Win. 296. They should produce about 1100-1150 fps from the short barrel. I would not choose to feed the revolver a steady diet of these warm loads, but will be ok for occasional use. I will field test this load prior to depending on it on the hunt. I will post my results on this site.
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