I've killed deer with both .357 Mag and .44 Mag and I personally prefer the .357 Mag with 180 grain bullets.
The first deer I ever shot with a handgun was with a Ruger Security-Six .357 mag with a 6" bbl., open sights, using 158 gr. softpoints. One shot at 65 measured yards. He traveled 10 yds and fell over. I've never bettered that with .357 or.44 and the .357 Mag is more comfortable for me to shoot. My favorite .357 handgun for hunting is the S&W M586 with a six" bbl. I use 180 gr. bullets. A really sweet shooter. I prefer handgun hunting over all other methods.
Over the last couple decades I've killed about a dozen deer with a .357 Mag. In my opinion it is under estimated by most. This firearms season besides my muzzleloader will be carrying my Ruger GP100, Williams Firesights, 6" barrel, loaded up with 180gr BB HC. Have total confidence in it. It has never let me down.
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My wife and I have taken several deer with handguns... The .357 works fine if the range is not excessive, and for smaller deer... For larger deer, or ranges over about 50 yards, I would go with the .44.
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A .357Mag is marginal on wild hogs. I've seen one shot drop them on contact and I had a little 100lb sow that took a round in the shoulder at close range (5yds or a little less) and refused to go down. It took slitting her throat and a .22 in the ear to get her to lay still. And the bullet DID do it's job...................the meat on both front shoulders was ruined. Hogs can be REAL unpredictable.
If you use it on one................ I'd suggest using 180gr hard cast bullets - Federal used to make these, not sure if they still do or not. An alternate choice is the Winchester hunting ammo that uses 180gr Nosler Partitions. If you load your own, the Speer Gold Dot in 180 uses a lead flat nose rather than a hollow point and might work pretty well on piggies as well.
"Every moving thing that liveth, I give unto you as meat" (Gen 9:3) Aim small.........miss small. Trust God..........but keep your powder dry!
i'm not sure, i don't have a chronograph. i haven't had a deer run off yet. i used to get some 180grn reloads, but the winchesters have a HUGE cavity at the hollow point, wich should have better expansion than the reloads. i'm a big fan of the partition gold 180 grainers
Growing up in Wyoming, 357 was not a legal handgun hunting caliber, we basically had a choice between 41 mag and 44 mag, I like the 41. I have killed 2 whitetails in Montana with my Ruger Gp100 in 357 but they were close. 357 doesnt have the energy at longer ranges(out to 100yards) as the 41 mag or 44mag.
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