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Old December 8th, 2017, 05:23 PM #1
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.357 Mag Rifle Hunting

Throwing this out to the MDS braintrust. I have had the conversation several times about hunting deer with a .357 Magnum Rifle. I believe it is more than adequate for deer inside 75 yards.

My question is if anyone else is currently hunting with a rifle length .357 and what factory hunting ammo are you using? According to DNR, the round must achieve 1200 foot pounds of muzzle energy. Has anyone done real world chrono testing on factory ammunition to verify they are getting 1200?

What say MDS?

And please, I know there are many more calibers out there more suitable for deer in a Rifle from .243 on up. All of my rifles happen to be in .357 Mag other than my AR platform stuff. My Henry needs a woods trip.
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1200 FPS or 1200 foot pounds of energy?
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1200 FPS or 1200 foot pounds of energy?
1200 foot pounds at the muzzle

http://www.eregulations.com/maryland...ns-bag-limits/
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Whoa. Good luck OP. I've never seen that from a .357 but hopefully someone has.
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Per MSP Guidelines: The bullets don't have to actually go 1200fps. The bullets just have to be stamped or sold as 1200fps bullets. You could stamp the bullets yourself though. J/K.

I think .357 Magnum inside of 75 yards is more than adequate with proper shot placement. Barnes solid copper bullets would shred Bambi's internals.
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It's 1,200 fpe (energy), not that many factory loads that are going to make that. Buffalo Bore loads may. Most of the factory loads that I have seen are off by a 100 - 150 fpe.
For comparison the 170 grain 30/30 is around 1400 fpe. 357 is a good bit below that. While I also think the round will kill inside of 100 yds, it doesn't quite reach the legal limit. Again look at Buffalo Bore.
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I think the average muzzle energy of the .357 with a 6" bbl is around 650 lb/ft. Not sure what can be achieved with a long barrel.

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Magtech (which I like since they post their data) only does 535fpe with a stout load; http://www.magtechammunition.com/pro...-product?id=17

Does over 1200fps if that is the ask.

That aside, the .357 will work fine on deer.
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1200 ft-lbs is achievable with a 16" barrel and most hunting loads:

Try Cor-bon, Doubletap, Underwood, or Buffalo Bore.
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Assuming the following information is accurate, 1200 ft.lb is possible:

http://www.ballisticsbytheinch.com/357mag.html

https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...t_detail&p=100

I'm not sure what the leverevolution stuff will do out of a longer barrel.

If you happen to reload, I expect it would be fairly easy to get above that threshold as well.
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