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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-15-2009, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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H&R .357Mag. Handi Rifle

Hello Everyone!
I sold my .357 handgun just after the election, before Obama and friends can take it away from me.
To replace it, I picked up the single shot, 20 inch barrel, 357 rifle.
I bought two boxes of Remington, 125 Grain bullets, but was informed later that they may not be heavy enough for whitetail deer hunting.
We live in southern Indiana, so the deer can be over 200 pounds.
I used 158 grain shells for this past season, but I wonder if I should use the smaller shells for deer?
Thanks for any advise.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-15-2009, 04:49 PM
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John, I have to admit I don't have much experience with handgun hunting. I do own a Colt 357 but would consider it very light for deer hunting. My opinion is that 44 mag would be my starting bullet for hunting and go up from there.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-15-2009, 05:31 PM
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seems light to me but i wouldn't put money on it. i thought IN was shotgun only guess not or the caliber fits the rules there.
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-16-2009, 07:09 PM
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As your 20 barrel is not going to give blazing velocity, (compared to a rifle bullet/caliber), I would stick with the heavier bullets if I were you. Too bad you fell for all the hype about losing your gun and sold your handgun - you should have kept it, as no one is going to take anything away from you.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by hunting man View Post
john, i have to admit i don't have much experience with handgun hunting. I do own a colt 357 but would consider it very light for deer hunting. My opinion is that 44 mag would be my starting bullet for hunting and go up from there.
i second that!!!357 is very light for deer!!maybe to finish one off but to hunt with??

post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-21-2009, 08:13 PM
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You can hunt deer with a 357 Mag, but it would not be my first choice. You will get more velocity from a rifle barrel compared to a revolver barrel, but I still would not go much past 100 yards. I suggest using a softpoint bullet (not hollow point) from 158 to 180 grain (170 might be best). Remington and other manufacturers make rounds specifically made for hunting. I suggest you look at the on-line ballistics and then contact the manufactures for their recommendations.
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