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This is a discussion on .357 rifle hunting within the Hunting forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Any of you hunt with a .357 mag rifle (using .38 special or .357 mag). If so what do you hunt with it?...


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Old March 30th, 2010, 05:01 PM   #1
 
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.357 rifle hunting

Any of you hunt with a .357 mag rifle (using .38 special or .357 mag). If so what do you hunt with it?



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Old April 25th, 2010, 12:48 PM   #2
 
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I occasionally will hunt deer with my .357 lever carbine.
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Neighbor killed a Deer with 125 Jhp using a 6 inch revolver.
He said it didn't run but a few yds. He was hunting in Montana
or Co. He went to both places. Can't remember which.
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I shot a spike black-tail @ 85-100 yds. with 125gr. out of my 94 Marlin. Took out all of the lungs and a 4" piece of rib. I was impressed as I thought the .357 might be a little lite. Worked good and would not hesitate to shoot another. Love that venison...
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like hearing all of the feedback!


Anyone shoot 38spl out of their lever gun?
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I have a couple of .357 lever guns that I bought for my sons to hunt whitetail deer with. Both have taken one each with one stop shots.

Top is a EMF M1892 saddle ring carbine with 20 inch barrel, color case hardened receiver.

Bottom is a Winchester M94 with 16 inch barrel.

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I have a couple of .357 lever guns that I bought for my sons to hunt whitetail deer with. Both have taken one each with one stop shots.

Top is a EMF M1892 saddle ring carbine with 20 inch barrel, color case hardened receiver.

Bottom is a Winchester M94 with 16 inch barrel.
Very nice!
Question; Do you use factory .357 Mag loads in these rifles, or do you load special rounds for them. I looked into them many years ago, and it seems that the consensus was that you get the best results when the cartridges are loaded with slower burning powder meant for rifles. Problem is (For me anyway) that would take the versatility of interchangeable ammunition away.
I'm betting that out of the box ammo works just fine, but what about the heavier slugs? Anybody tested this?
-Bruce
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I'll stick to .357 for deer sized game. Never tried a .38 special on deer ...yet.
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Very nice!
Question; Do you use factory .357 Mag loads in these rifles, or do you load special rounds for them. I looked into them many years ago, and it seems that the consensus was that you get the best results when the cartridges are loaded with slower burning powder meant for rifles. Problem is (For me anyway) that would take the versatility of interchangeable ammunition away.
I'm betting that out of the box ammo works just fine, but what about the heavier slugs? Anybody tested this?
-Bruce
I wonder how the buffalo bore ammo works out.
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I'll stick to .357 for deer sized game. Never tried a .38 special on deer ...yet.
I have heard the 38spl is as quiet or quieter than a .22lr when shot from a rifle. So it would be great for game you may want to take one then find another group and take one.
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As a resident of Indiana, I am forced by law to use only rifles that fire pistol cartridges. This is not a big disadvantage as most of the areas I hunt are fairly wooded.

I own 2 Rossi Pumas in .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum. My hunting ammo of choice for my .357 rifle is the Buffalo Bore 19A/20 180gr Hard cast LFN. At 1,900fps, this .357 magnum bullet gets up near 30/30 energies.

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any opinions on marlin lever actions in 45-70 govt. i was looking at one at my LGS. priced at around $550
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any opinions on marlin lever actions in 45-70 govt. i was looking at one at my LGS. priced at around $550
TIA
Have heard nothing but good things about them. It is actually on my wish list instead of the .357 now.
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At 1,900fps, this .357 magnum bullet gets up near 30/30 energies.
How are the ballistics of the .357 at that speed?
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