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Hunting load

Postby Cofisher » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:29 pm

Hey folks, I am looking for recommendations on a hunting load. I will be using my 357. I had pretty much settled on the 158 grain XTP Hornady.

I have read some comments on going up to the 180 grain bullet. Is this necessary? Does it make a huge difference in recoil and bang?

I will be using factory loads this season. I hope to start reloading my own this winter.
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Re: Hunting load

Postby JEBar » Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:44 pm

one can certainly go up to 180 gr but we stick with 158 .... to date I've never had a deer or boar fight one off .... can't help with a recommendation for factory loads, we haven't used any since the early 60's .... if power is what you are looking for, those offered by Buffalo Bore https://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=102 are a bit high but are about as strong as they come
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Re: Hunting load

Postby ditchparrot » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:14 pm

I bagged a good pig in Florida in May with the 180-grain Buffalo Bore and would highly recommend it. Recoil and noise are considerably more than the standard 158-grain, but nowhere near intolerable for hunting purposes, IMO.
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Re: Hunting load

Postby Cofisher » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:53 pm

Thank you both for the help. After reading up on Buffalo Bore ammo, I think their 158 grain would do the job just fine. It would appear to come up with approximately 2000 FPS, quite a significant load. Also, the bullet appears to be the Hornady XTP, or a clone of it. I will have some soon and post the results.
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Re: Hunting load

Postby JEBar » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:01 am

looking forward to hearing your assessment
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Re: Hunting load

Postby North Country Gal » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:37 am

I agree on the Buffalo Bore 180s as far as more recoil. It's definitely there, especially in revolvers. It's what I use for protection against bears, up here, on the very few occasions when I feel the need to carry. They also print considerably higher than standard 158s.
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Re: Hunting load

Postby Mgderf » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:25 pm

I've had excellent results with the Hornady LEVERevolution 140gr with the FTX tip.
Designed for use in lever guns, but work well in most platforms.
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Re: Hunting load

Postby Ojaileveraction » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:48 pm

I really like Terminal Balistics Research for their in depth analysis. They go into some detail about Hornady FTX and XTP bullets and .357s.
http://www.ballisticstudies.com/Knowled ... agnum.html

If I didn't live in California, My personal choice for a hunting round for 357 mag would be something built around a 158 Sierra Sports Master Soft point.
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