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Old November 16, 2011, 09:17 PM   #1
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Deer with 357 carbine

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.
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Old November 16, 2011, 09:25 PM   #2
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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.
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Old November 16, 2011, 09:46 PM   #3
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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.
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 26 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple. Wish my wife did as well...
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Old November 17, 2011, 12:30 AM   #4
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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.
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Old November 17, 2011, 12:50 AM   #5
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357 mag rifle

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.
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Old November 17, 2011, 01:35 AM   #6
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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)
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Old November 17, 2011, 09:44 AM   #7
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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.

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Old November 17, 2011, 12:10 PM   #8
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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.
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Old November 18, 2011, 09:01 PM   #9
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If you're open to suggestions, a proper 35 for deer is a 35 Remington or a 35 Whelen. No margin, just meat.
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Old November 19, 2011, 08:20 AM   #10
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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.
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Old November 19, 2011, 04:25 PM   #11
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This South African impala was toppled with 357 MAG carbine. Photo is courtesy of Paco Kelly.

Fire up the grill! Deer hunting IS NOT catch and release.
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