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#177645 - 01/16/17 11:45 AM 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts???
ScoutV2
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I have recently began looking into reloading and am interested in the 357 Max. I want to get a T/c Encore with a MGM 10.5" 357 Max barrel. This will primarily be a Hunting Handgun for Coyote/Deer.

Please let me hear your thoughts on the load. ANY and ALL information wanted.

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#177681 - 01/17/17 06:26 AM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: ScoutV2]
racksmasher1
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The MAX is a nice deer round, very mild recoil, accurate and you have the benefit of shooting pointed bullets, I have 2 MGM barrels chambered in the MAX, both are very accurate!

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#177684 - 01/17/17 08:48 AM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: racksmasher1]
ScoutV2
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Thanks, What barrel length do you have? Im leaning more towards the 10.5" I have a 44Mag in 14" and I would like to go shorter on this build.

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#177686 - 01/17/17 09:22 AM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: ScoutV2]
Ernie
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10.5" barrel would work great in a MAX
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#177695 - 01/17/17 12:54 PM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: Ernie]
ScoutV2
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Thanks Ernie, What grain bullets would you suggest for coyote?

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#177701 - 01/17/17 04:06 PM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: ScoutV2]
Ernie
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Not killed coyotes with the 357 MAX, but I would use what I have - 158 XTP's
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#177709 - 01/17/17 06:59 PM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: ScoutV2]
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ScoutV2

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#177711 - 01/17/17 07:09 PM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: cont35bb]
rickiesrevenge
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I'd look real hard at the lehigh 150 raptors. A buddy of mine down state has been using them on deer with excellent results. He had been using 180xtp's and had good results with them too.

Aaron

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#177712 - 01/17/17 07:27 PM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: ScoutV2]
cont35bb
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ScoutV2. ,Re 357RemMax bbl length, unless you're heart set on 10.5 in.s please consider 12in.s. I've posted here & there before on the R Max & bbl length. I've had or shot most factory bbls & lots of custom ones. I really think 12in.s gives the best balance of velocity & handiness. I have several Contenders as well as Encores. All of the Encore tubes (so far) have 15in tubes
But sometime soon there will be a 12in 454 Casual added. I passed on a custom 12in 357RMax at a local show some time back & have regretted it from the time I drove home!! AND I had two R Max already! Whatever you choose, just feed it some LilGun ,296 ,or 1680 w/any 140(slowed down a little) 158,or 180 gr bullet w/small rifle primers & you'll be happy. Have fun, load safe & shoot straight!

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#177717 - 01/17/17 08:08 PM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: cont35bb]
buck
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I've killed a truck load of Michigan Whitetails with a 15" MGM Encore in .357 Max and have never felt that I needed a bigger gun! From 50 to 200 yds they just die, I'm way to old to track or drag.

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