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#194679 - 10/02/18 05:22 AM Recommendation on .357 ammo for whitetail
Benny8
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Hey guys, new guy here. New to Hand gun hunting. For those who didn't see my roll call post, my name is Aaron. I live in NH and have worked at Ruger Firearms for close to 25 years. I recently purchased a 6" GP100. I hunt a lot with my wife and daughter. When I am with them, I am mostly the "guide". So instead of carrying a long gun, I figure I can just carry my revolver. So, I have been practicing with .38 special ammo. It is 158 grain soft points. It is what I had already, so figured it would allow me to practice and get the gun sighted in. My question is, what are your recommendations for a hunting round? I saw some recommendations on Barnes Vor-tex 140 gr. all copper hollow points, but I would rather hear your suggestions. My shots will be 50 yards and under. Thank you for your time.

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#194681 - 10/02/18 08:01 AM Re: Recommendation on .357 ammo for whitetail [Re: Benny8]
rob-c
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check out buffalo bore they have some very stout hunting rounds in 357, I assume you do not reload .

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#194682 - 10/02/18 08:05 AM Re: Recommendation on .357 ammo for whitetail [Re: rob-c]
Benny8
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 Originally Posted By: rob-c
check out buffalo bore they have some very stout hunting rounds in 357, I assume you do not reload .

I reload rifle cartridges at the moment. Not and handgun rounds.

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#194683 - 10/02/18 09:28 AM Re: Recommendation on .357 ammo for whitetail [Re: Benny8]
REDHAWK1954
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I shoot a lot of Federal 158 grain sjsp factory loads. Both my GP 100 and Blackhawk like them.
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#194684 - 10/02/18 10:57 AM Re: Recommendation on .357 ammo for whitetail [Re: REDHAWK1954]
Benny8
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 Originally Posted By: REDHAWK1954
I shoot a lot of Federal 158 grain sjsp factory loads. Both my GP 100 and Blackhawk like them.

Thanks Redhawk. How much difference can I expect on target going from the .38 special 158 grain sp to the .357 158 gr. SP?

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#194685 - 10/02/18 10:59 AM Re: Recommendation on .357 ammo for whitetail [Re: REDHAWK1954]
karl
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I picked up a 6" GP100 last year and have been shooting it a bit (first revolver, lean more toward Contenders and Encores). I put a red-dot on it and it grouped 3 of the Buffalo Barnes 140gn TAC-TX shots in 1.5" @ 25 yards (off a bench) last weekend. If I can get back to the range before deer season to zero the sights, I will carry it this season as primary or backup depending on where I am sitting. I have not had a chance to chrono the load, but BB suggests it should be north of 1500fps. The only problem is that they run ~ $1.50+ a shot. I would look carefully at the load specs as you can buy 140gn Barnes bullet factory loads with estimated velocities ranging from 1100 to 1500+ fps. Best of luck!


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#194688 - 10/02/18 12:49 PM Re: Recommendation on .357 ammo for whitetail [Re: karl]
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http://www.handgunhunt.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=9979&ppuser=8676
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#194689 - 10/02/18 12:53 PM Re: Recommendation on .357 ammo for whitetail [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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That is a six shot group at 25 yards shoiting my blackhawk off handed with a ultra dot ed dot sight. I have anothe photo on the bragging board that shows a three shot group at 50 yards using the same load. I am getting 1365 fps with this load.
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#194699 - 10/02/18 07:16 PM Re: Recommendation on .357 ammo for whitetail [Re: REDHAWK1954]
Ernie
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For deer, Hornady 158 XTP hollow points or the flat point will work fine and not break the bank
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#194701 - 10/02/18 08:15 PM Re: Recommendation on .357 ammo for whitetail [Re: Ernie]
JDK
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Don't sweat the bullet issue too much. Though your NH whitetail are likely larger than what we see in much of Texas, my experience has taught me you don't need anything special to cleanly take deer at your distance of 50 yards or less. I've successfully used 125 XTPs on a number of them, but bigger deer would probably make me want more weight. If you stick to a decent 158 gr. slug in the vitals, the deer should expire pretty quickly. Shoulder shots would need a stronger bullet, but still wouldn't need anything magic. I think Ernie's advice is right on track. The main ingredient in handgun hunting is accuracy. It's a lot of fun and hard to go back to a rifle! Good luck!
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