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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-10-2017, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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357 Over 20 Gauge

Anyone ever heard of this? A friend of mine has one and wanted to use it this season. He had a few months ago a rotary cuff surgery and only feels comfortable shooting it vs. the 2 heavy rifles he has. What would you shoot out of a 357 for deer, and if so is it a legal caliber to hunt big game with?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-10-2017, 04:38 AM
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It is legal in Pa. for deer. Due to the lower power shots must be chosen carefully and at shorter ranges.
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Nosler makes a 180 partition in .357 caliber. If I were using the .357 magnum for deer in that rifle, I think I'd have to take a pretty hard look at that bullet and drive it as fast as I accurately could.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-10-2017, 05:20 AM
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I'd try the Hornady Leverevolution .357 loads. They were designed to perform well in long guns. Depending on what other calibers he has, he might also check out reduced loads/managed recoil loads like the Hornady Lites in those calibers. I've taken 2 deer with a .357 handgun so it will work for him if he can shoot it accurately.

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Yeah I would try to use the best ammo that I could find. I hear good things about buffalo bore, I'm sure the hornady leverevoltuion would be good too. Last time I hunted with a .357 I used Federal fusion 158gr hollowpoints. Certainly the most important thing is to keep the shots within a short range.
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Unless you have a strong gun, I would not recommend Buffalo Bore Ammo. . I bought some in .45 Colt to use on a wild boar hunt. I took my brand new Ruger Blackhawk to the range to sight it in. The recoil was so bad that every two shots the cylinder pin would back out. I took the gun to the shop where I bought it and the guy who is an expert on single action revolvers told me it happens all the time with buffalo boar ammo. He put a stronger detent spring in the gun and I went back to the range and had no problems. However, the more I thought about it I didn't want to shoot the ammo, I am not afraid of recoil I just didn't want to beat up my gun for no good reason. I sold the ammo at a discount and went with Lever evolution ammo which is more than enough and never looked back. The Buffalo Boar website has pictures and stories about people who killed Cape Buffalo and Kudu. Deer aren't Cape Buffalo or Kudu, no need for that kind of punishment to hunt deer.

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I've shot the Buffalo Bore out of my Ruger SP101 in .357 with no issues.....I would think it would be fine in that rifle which I am assuming is a Savage 24 a gun that was also chambered in 30-30
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If this rifle is a Savage 24 make sure you verify if it's .357 Magnum or .357 MAXIMUM. I have a 357 max and intend to use it on deer this year. Good luck!
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I have a Ruger 77/ 357 in a bolt action and I shoot buffalo bore bullets out of it with no problem. I shoot the 158 grain and its a hot load however the Ruger is made for it. My shots are limited where I hunt and 50 yds is about as far as you can see. I also have a t/c in 357 max with a 26 in bbl that I will push a lot farther than 50 yds but unless you hand load its tough to get ammo . In my hand loads I shoot 180 grn Hornady XTP, I'm not sure that factory ammo is produced any more.
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Thanks everyone for the input.
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