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#194663 - 10/01/18 10:32 AM 8 3/8" S&W 686 for Deer Hunting
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I have a scoped 686 with an 8 3/8" barrel that I am thinking of trying for deer hunting this year. I have a good supply of Remington 180gr Factory loads and was thinking of using these.
Opinions on these rounds or should I order some Underwood etc?
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#194664 - 10/01/18 10:59 AM Re: 8 3/8" S&W 686 for Deer Hunting [Re: BKS]
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Put them behind the front leg and collect your deer. They will work just fine.
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#194667 - 10/01/18 01:11 PM Re: 8 3/8" S&W 686 for Deer Hunting [Re: reflex264]
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ln 1935 Maj D.B.Wessson went West with the new SMITH&WESSON 357Magnum.

0n that trip he killed EVERY Big Game animal in North America.

lncluding all the bear species except Polar Bear.. His ammo was

158gr SWC 357 Magnum R-P...

l know people have gotten bigger in the last 80+ yrs since then..

l doubt Big Game has gotten any bigger or tougher tho..

Likely your 686 will do fine for deer as long as the bullet is

put in the RIGHT LOCATION

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#194668 - 10/01/18 03:37 PM Re: 8 3/8" S&W 686 for Deer Hunting [Re: sw282]
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sw282 nailed it, placement & penetration, repeat 10 times! That 357 will work just fine with those 180 gr loads.

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#194669 - 10/01/18 03:42 PM Re: 8 3/8" S&W 686 for Deer Hunting [Re: sixshot]
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I have killed hogs, feral sheep, and deer with the .357. A good bullet in the right spot is the key.
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#194670 - 10/01/18 05:00 PM Re: 8 3/8" S&W 686 for Deer Hunting [Re: Sawfish]
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 Originally Posted By: Sawfish
I have killed hogs, feral sheep, and deer with the .357. A good bullet in the right spot is the key.
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#194700 - 10/02/18 07:16 PM Re: 8 3/8" S&W 686 for Deer Hunting [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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Go kill stuff!
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#194710 - 10/03/18 09:24 AM Re: 8 3/8" S&W 686 for Deer Hunting [Re: Ernie]
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Perfect setup. Get you some...
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#194743 - 10/04/18 11:28 PM Re: 8 3/8" S&W 686 for Deer Hunting [Re: Randy M]
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A 686 with a 8 3/8 barrel is a firearm I'd love to own.


Edited by PsTaN (10/04/18 11:29 PM)
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