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Question by Drew McClure. Uploaded on February 22, 2014
An excellent choice for a young shooter if the range is limited to 75-100 yards, where velocity falls off to .38 Special levels.
I'd say no. Just not enough oomph for those marginal shots.
I'd be more inclined to recommend the Marlin 1894 or Rossi Puma in .357 Magnum, both of which I've enjoyed. I agree this is a close distance option, but I believe a youngster will find them a pleasure to shoot and "plink" with in the field. The MSRP on the Winchester eliminates it as a bargain, and the 16-inch barrel would not afford the young shooter much of a sight radius. The Marlin is a bit expensive - I got mine lightly used - is well designed, has an 18-1.2" barrel, and offers the possibility of scope-mounting or aperture sights (I use the Williams receiver sight with great satisfaction), and the Rossi Puma is available in 16 or 20-inch barrel, blue or stainless, that just gets smoother with use. Tough choices, but you've chosen well for a young shooter.
I would not use it past 50yds. Only about 600 lbs ft energy - too big a chance for a wounded deer.
My average shot is 25 yards hunting out of stands set up for bow hunting.
JMO~ A Marlin 1894/18.5 Bbl in 44mag.would be a 75 to 100 Yard Shooter with not much more Recoil then the 357Mag. Its always better to have a little more then less to make do.
@Treestand Is that a Marlin hat on your Avatar?
If the shots are limited to 25 - 30 yards a 357 mag should be okay. I would probably choose a 30-30 though.
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