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#1 old fart

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:35 PM

i have myself selling several guns lately and one was my deer rifle. i have been trying to figure out how to get another cheaper gun and ammo. i came up with the nef 357 magnum, i've owned nef's in the past and they have been good guns. since i have a 357 magnum revolver a 357 rifle makes sense to me as i can just get one kind of ammo and save money. i hunt in kentucky woods where my shots will be 100yds or less. so will a 357 magnum be a good whitetail deer gun at 100yds or less? thanks

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:44 AM

here is an interesting read about .357 mags fired from a rifle and compared to a .30-30 http://www.thetrutha...-vs-357-magnum/

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:50 AM

The article Jeff posted tells you pretty much everything you need to know.
(CliffsNotes: You'll be fine inside of 100 yards.)
My own real-world application is that I hunt doe ("small deer") inside of 50 yards with a .357 revolver. Like the article said, putting that round into a carbine effectively doubles its kinetic energy. I think it would be a good choice given your situation and posed scenario(s).

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 01:50 PM

Yes a 357 will do the job as long as the trigger squeezer does his. You may have to pick your shots but a 35 cal bullet in the boiler room will definately fill the freezer.
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:23 PM

I carry my 357 revolver into the woods with me when I rifle hunt. I have used it several times for deer within 50yrds and have not lost one yet. I have a red dot scope on top of it and have shot effectivally out to 100yrds accuratly but have yet to fire at a deer at that yardage.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:50 PM

In a rifle with 357 rifle ammo yes, in a handgun with handgun ammo no. I did it once with a handgun and NEVER AGAIN.
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