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Old June 2, 2012, 08:10 PM   #26
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Is a heavier bullet necessarily better? I have been told that a heavier bullet will have more penetration. A lighter bullet driven faster seems to have more foot-pounds of energy. I think I want to use 180 grain bullets but if either 158 or 180 grain bullets will go through a deer, what is the point?
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Old June 4, 2012, 05:42 PM   #27
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Heaveir bullets should penetrate more. They usually have heavier construction than lighter bullets of the same caliber. I think you would be fine with a good 158 grain bullet and up. Ive used the Cor Bons so I know from experience they will work on deer and pigs. Ive used 180 grain XTP's out of my 357 Maximum and they worked well, but they are going a bit faster than the regular magnum.
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Old June 5, 2012, 02:42 PM   #28
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bigger bullets are better penetrators at relatively close range (under 200yds).

all else being equal, ha.............

I think that 357 mag would be fine on deer at about 75 yards or less with the bullets mentioned in a heavy revolver with at least a 6 inch barrel.

I like rugers........... with a nice sight system, no scope......

whoa on that buff!................thumbs up
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Old June 5, 2012, 07:41 PM   #29
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357 MAG vs elk and the animal lost!

Distance same as modern compound bow range: 50 feet for 1st bullet and about 65 feet for 2nd bullet. Plenty of damage to vitals.


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