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#186775 - 11/23/17 10:26 AM Re: New hunter [Re: MrMcPorkchop]
scottbird40
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I have only used the Winchester ammo, the guy I got the gun from said he took four deer with them.
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#186776 - 11/23/17 10:27 AM Re: New hunter [Re: scottbird40]
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I will check into other ammo though, thank you. I eventually want to start reloading for it.
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#186792 - 11/23/17 06:50 PM Re: New hunter [Re: scottbird40]
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Reloading allows a tailor fit to a gun funny that way. Good luck in your quest for deer with a handgun and welcome.
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#186797 - 11/23/17 09:17 PM Re: New hunter [Re: Mad Dog 1954]
scottbird40
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Thank you all I am wondering if I should ditch the red dot and get a 2x and put on it. I was told it was easier to start with the red dot
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#186799 - 11/23/17 10:13 PM Re: New hunter [Re: scottbird40]
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A red dot will be fine out to as far as a 357 is capable. Dots have some advantages; no parallax, unlimited eye relief, both eyes open sighting, reticle visible in all lighting conditions, light weight. It might not hurt to try a scope to see if you like it, but I wouldn't dis the dot.
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#186847 - 11/25/17 09:24 PM Re: New hunter [Re: s4s4u]
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Biggest advice, patience and practice. The 357 is more than capable, I always like true broadside shots with my 357.
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#186848 - 11/26/17 12:08 AM Re: New hunter [Re: scottbird40]
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Welcome to the world of handgun hunting and to this site. You have a fine rig for deer assuming you know your limits and pick your shot opportunities well. The red dot is s good choice for 50 -75 yards on deer. Again it depends on your skill level to hold and place the shot in the heart / lung area. I suggest broadside or quartering away as the preferred shot. I suggest 158 to 180 grain ammo.
The only ?secret? I can add is to practice, practice, practice. I would suggest buying a .22 rimfire or a quality air pistol and shooting regularly. Good luck and enjoy.
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#186854 - 11/26/17 08:51 AM Re: New hunter [Re: billa]
Bob Roach
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I did not catch which Red Dot sight you were using.
Most that are made in China are junk.
If you are not all that impressed with your Red Dot you probably are not using an UltraDot.

I would go with a 30mm MatchDot II or 30mm UltraDot if buying new. If you are shopping used you can live with a 1" UltraDot (25mm) if you cannot locate a 30mm one.

The UltraDot Sights are very well made in Japan.
They have a Great Reputation for not breaking.
They Track very well.
The 25mm and 30mm UltraDot's have a 4 MOA dot size. The Red Dot covers up 4" at 100 yards.
The 30mm MatchDot II has multiple reticles. To me only 2 of them are important, 4 MOA and 2 MOA. Where this becomes important is in low light. You get Bloom on a Red Dot in low light. The 2 MOA set on 1 in low light has less bloom than a 4 MOA Dot set on 1. The 2 MOA Dot only covers up 2 inches at 100 yards. Smaller Dot equals less bloom.
Why 30mm over the 1" (25mm). Pretty simple, you can see more ground through the larger tube.

My first UltraDot was a 1" one that I still have. The last 4 that I have purchased have all been 30mm. Below is the order that I have acquired them:

1" (25mm) UltraDot
30mm UltraDot
30mm MatchDot II
30mm UltraDot 6 (AR 15 Carbine version of the MatchDot II Sight)
30mm MatchDot II

I wish you luck on your journey into handgun hunting. My advice is to use 158 XTP's and stay away from 110 grain bullets. The 110 HP's will kill a deer but the chances of an exit hole are not very good. If it runs off you will probably have a pitiful blood trail to track.

Bob
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#186877 - 11/26/17 09:57 PM Re: New hunter [Re: Bob Roach]
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best of luck to you......
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