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Ruger Blackhawk 357 6 1/2" Barrel Questions

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Good morning everyone, my 13 year old son has been on me asking to get a revolver that he can shoot and reload for. Last night I stopped by my local gun shop and found a used Ruger Blackhawk 357 with a 6 1/2" barrel for $294. I snatched it up right away.

So my questions begin with:
1. Can we hunt with this gun also?

2. If so, what is the biggest game that you'd hunt? I'm reading whitetail deer.

3. Just to make sure, can I shoot and practice with 38 Special's out of this gun?

4. If so, do I need to get a 38 Special die or can that also be done with the 357 die?

5. Does anyone else have this gun, hunt with this gun, and possibly have any load data (power, primers, bullet) information that they'd care to pass along to help?

I know that these are probably basic questions to some, and I apologize, but I've never had a 357 and am only about 6 months or more into reloading. So any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Had a 357 mag single shot rifle for many years. Daughter wanted to shoot and reload so I let her load 38 S&W cases with black powder and later with 4198 rifle powder. With a slow burning low pressure powder, it is simply impossible to overload or double load the cases. Just be able to set the bullet seater to proper length. She loaded and shot a few thousand rounds with that old gun. Then she discovered the guys who shoot because their dad brought them to the range.
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