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Question by Tony S 58. Uploaded on September 23, 2010
IMHO~~ your colt 6" 357 mag is border line at best
for WT/Deer, the 41Mag or 44Mag or larger cal would be a better deer cartrage the size of game in your state must be looked at.
That .357 is enough weapon if YOU can shoot it well. Go with CCI Blazers 158 grain jacketed hollow points. The key thing is that you have to be able to shoot well enough to score an ethical killing shot. You don't want to wound, maim, chase, lose, the animal. Unless you are profecient, skip the hand gun and use a rifle.
I only carry a pistol for backup, not as the primary weapon.
I'd have to agree w/ jacketed hollow points. Just find the ones your gun shoots well, and know your limitations when it comes to range.
Hollow points are for varmints and plinking. If you are going to use a .357 - marginal - you need to maximize penetration.
Like a .243 for elk the .357, even with hot 150-160 gr well placed bullets at close range, is not the best choice for deer. That said if you look back at what hunters killed in the 1930's with their new .357 magnum S & W's it will amaze you.
American Eagle's 158gr jacketed soft-points shoot well out of my King Cobra. (awesome gun) As Moishe said I carry the pistol only as a backup weapon but will use it to finish a wounded animal or for very close shots. Good luck.
You would do well to remember that the effective range of the .357 Magnum is extemely limited. Even with good loads, its performance at 100 yards drops off the the level of a .38 Special.
I might add that there are factory-loaded selections of ammo available with 180 grain bullets, which are highly recommended.
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