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Old 11-02-2019, 07:42 PM
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Any pet loads for white tail or similar size game? Thanks all.
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Some people like the 180 grain hollow points but I personally think 140 and 158hp like the XTP are the best bullet weight for hunting in a 357. 158 swc gas check are pretty popular too.
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Old 01-24-2020, 12:25 PM
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Living in California, I have switched to using 140 grain Barnes XPB's. These are great bullets that I use in my GP100 and my Marlin 1894C. Before the lead ban I used the now discontinued Nosler 180 grain hollow point partition. Part#35108. With the 140 XPB and using 2400, I am getting 1430 fps. out of the GP100 and 1800 fps out of the 1894C.
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I've shot well over fifty deer with the .357mag using handguns, mostly revolvers. I hunted exclusively with the handgun for over forty years. To date I haven't lost one with the .357mag and the only deer I've lost was with a 44mag using full power loads. The "secret" to using a handgun is putting the shot in the vitals, much like bow hunting. My loss with the 44mag was failing on that occasion to do so. I've used bullets ranging in weight from 140g to 180g. Over the years I've come to the conclusion that the 158g Hornady XTP is the single best compromise for expansion and penetration. I will add that the .357mag loses "steam" pretty rapidly beyond fifty-sixty yards and it shows up quite well in bullet expansion. You can certainly kill deer beyond those ranges if you can shoot well enough and put the bullet in the heart/lung area, but the diameter of the wound begins to head towards bullet diameter. I've saved a good number of bullets collected over the years and it's quite interesting looking at them and seeing how they perform at different distances. Most of my hunting loads have been pretty close to max per book using WW296 powder.
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