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#177720 - 01/17/17 08:59 PM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: buck]
s4s4u
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 Originally Posted By: buck
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.


What bullet(s) do you prefer, buck?
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#177733 - 01/18/17 06:53 AM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: ScoutV2]
racksmasher1
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 Originally Posted By: ScoutV2
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.
15" Encore barrel, 14" Contender, I shoot the Hornady 180 gr. # 3505, they like Lil Gun powder.

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#177738 - 01/18/17 08:47 AM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: buck]
ScoutV2
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Thanks guys for all the input.

cont35bb I may look into getting the 12" barrel but I am really looking for something that I can handle a little quicker in the woods. I have found with my cva 44Mag (14" barrel) is almost too far forward on the weight and balance. I am looking for something to handle with a little more balanced and not so barrel heavy.

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#177757 - 01/18/17 08:15 PM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: ScoutV2]
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Last week of Michigan's late season Doe hunt found me in the shack with the Max loaded with 180 grain Remington HP and 180 XTPs, two bang flops latter I still can't tell the difference in the two bullets. Both doe's went straight down one at 90 yds and the other about 120 yds. I've had success out to 200 yds with the 180 XTP and Lil-Gun, have never had to shot more then once and have never had to track a deer more then a very few yards!
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#177793 - 01/19/17 10:19 AM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: buck]
ScoutV2
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I really am set on the 10.5 barrel. I rarely ever get the shot opportunity past 125 yards. The two bucks that I took this year were at 35 to 65 yards with my 44Mag. Im looking at this for a smaller gun that I can carry all day and shoot offhand without sticks. Second use will be taking coyote.

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#177832 - 01/19/17 08:02 PM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: ScoutV2]
buck
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Buy what ever you feel is right for you, if it don't work out buy something different it's only a matter of money!

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#177879 - 01/19/17 11:41 PM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: buck]
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Won't lose any power to a noticeable level and the 10s are really easy to carry

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#177880 - 01/19/17 11:48 PM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: buck]
junebug
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A 10 in barreled Contender in a straight wall pistol case makes for a sweet handling easy shooting package.A cross draw or chest holster and you are set.Over 12 inches just doesn't hold well offhand for me.
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#177903 - 01/20/17 10:46 AM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: junebug]
ScoutV2
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Thanks for all the info guys. I guess it is time to start spending the money.

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#181959 - 07/10/17 08:59 PM Re: 357 MAXIMUM...Your Thoughts??? [Re: ScoutV2]
Mo_long_tom
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Old thread but this is how I am leaning.

OP did you get a barrel yet?

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