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#189661 - 02/11/18 08:07 PM Re: .357 Magnum Clear Up [Re: wvhitman]
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45man, i would give the ole 158 gr aframe a try. You push them far north of 1700 fps out of a freedom arms 83.

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#189664 - 02/11/18 08:47 PM Re: .357 Magnum Clear Up [Re: 45MAN]
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Rey, Here's some load work I did this past summer for my FA 353 with a 7 1/2 inch barrel.





Hope it's readable. I successfully used a Rem 180gr SJHP pushed to about 1200 fps in the past to take a doe at about 40 yards. The Rem's got scarce and I decided to use just one bullet for my 357 Mag and Max endeavors, so I loaded up on 180gr XTPs. The gun can take more I know, but these are quite pleasant especially in the heavy FA. Didn't expansion test this load, and I'm not certain why, other than I had other loads to test in other firearms. The note on the bottom right hand corner stating 17.5gr load was too hot, refers to the fact the Rem 7 1/2 primers I was using began to flow around the firing pin, tying up the gun. I would suggest CCI 450's to push the loads higher. Taffin has an excellent article on his site on the FA353 with some really high velocity loads, and perhaps one day I'll try a few out. But until then I'll stick with what I got.

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#189676 - 02/12/18 05:53 AM Re: .357 Magnum Clear Up [Re: Gregg Richter]
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 Originally Posted By: Gregg Richter
 Originally Posted By: bscott
As of late I have observed the many post concerning whether are not a .357 Magnum is enough gun to whitetail deer hunt With. Well I'm here to tell you and get the record straight ....................


If you are referring to posts on this website, I believe that you have mis-read or misunderstand them. None that I am aware of on this website question the ability of the .357 magnum to take a whitetail deer.

I don't think that you need to "set the record straight" here.
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The .357 is well respected here; it is just that some of us prefer to use bigger calibers sometimes, which gives us a much greater margin for error.

Me? I need all the "margin for error" that I can get!


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#189677 - 02/12/18 06:55 AM Re: .357 Magnum Clear Up [Re: dhom]
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TRADMARK & MECH 8: THANKS FOR THE INFO.
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#189692 - 02/12/18 01:13 PM Re: .357 Magnum Clear Up [Re: 45MAN]
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In the 357 Magnum good bullet selection is the key. Took my longest ever revolver kill using an 8 3/8's S&W & a 140 Sierra JHC on a muley buck several years back. Missed with the first shot, the gun was new in the box the day before so we had just got acquainted!
Loaded some 160 gr. Ray Thompson GC cast for one of the local cops last fall who had never hunted with a sixgun. He had a doe walk out along a river bottom (land owner tag) at about 45 yds face on & shot her through the base of the throat, she flipped over backwards & never moved. 14 grs of 2400 & the 160 gr cast.

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#189791 - 02/16/18 04:14 PM Re: .357 Magnum Clear Up [Re: sixshot]
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In the contender with cautious loading practices it will really launch some lead... Before i re chambered to 357 max I could push a 158 xtp at 2000 fps and a 180 at 1800 that's about the same amount of whomp as a 30-30

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#189795 - 02/16/18 07:00 PM Re: .357 Magnum Clear Up [Re: BushytailBasher]
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My first whitetail was taken with factory .357 Winchester 158gr JHP ammo from my Python....At the time my Python was the only deer killer (with factory ammo) that I owned...it worked... . PS I was wearing the digital camo of the day....
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#189802 - 02/17/18 08:14 AM Re: .357 Magnum Clear Up [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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Great pic James and I still wear that type of digital camo at times!

Gotta say though...that look on your face...mercy. Creeperfromjersey. Hehe.
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#189804 - 02/17/18 10:30 AM Re: .357 Magnum Clear Up [Re: Randy M]
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That digital camo looks heavily pixelated. Must be the early "low res" version.

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#189806 - 02/17/18 11:05 AM Re: .357 Magnum Clear Up [Re: N-Frame]
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I took my first whitetail with a 357 Magnum in 2016. I used the 158 grain Hornady XTP Flat Point traveling at 1330 fps. The deer was slightly quartered at 60 yards.



Like wvHitman said, the bullet expansion was a little less than desired, but dead is dead.


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