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Old 06-02-2009, 04:39 PM
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Re: 357 Mag Pistol Deer Hunting

How far away can you hit a pie plate?....every time
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Old 06-03-2009, 02:08 AM
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Re: 357 Mag Pistol Deer Hunting

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How far away can you hit a pie plate?....every time
I plan on getting a 2x scope or a back sight that elevates. But today I tried some 357's, (opposed to 38specials which I sighted it in with,) to see how far they would drop and mushroom at that range, (150 yards.)

YouTube - 357 Mag Shooting 150 Yards

Those shots appear to be hitting within an 8 inch circle; so hopefully when I get a more appropriate sight or scope, I will be able to hit a pie plate.


But as justgoharder mentioned, "'hitting' power" is my main concern. I wanted to know if the 140gr bullet was up to the task. And like BountyHunter reiterated, I really need the deer to "drop." Every deer I shot have simply dropped in it's tracks, didn't flinch, no movement at all, just collapsed. That is the way I want them all to go.

On that note.
Here is 5 of the 6 bullets, (I just couldn't find the 6th one,) in that video.



I found them about 8 to 12 inches in the bank, (it is kinda hard to know exactly how deep they actually were.)
These were 158gr Blazer's, and I feel those would do the job and suspect that the Hornady 140s, (since, (I assume,) the speed would be greater,) would fly more level and mushroom as much or more. I understand that wet, loose[ish] dirt isn't the best thing to use for terminal ballistics, but that is all I have.

The reason I want to use a pistol is that I don't trust my shotgun beyond 75 yards. I need rifling! I am not confortable shooting the shotgun beyond 50 yards at a deer. I want them to go as quickly as possible, with the least ammount of suffering as possible. I think I can acheve a more humane kill at longer distance with this pistol, (3 times the distance I am comfortable with with my shotgun.)
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Old 06-03-2009, 12:40 PM
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Re: 357 Mag Pistol Deer Hunting

At 150 yds with open sights, that's some great shooting. You won't believe the difference a 2x scope will make. The heavier bullets should retain energy further...
Good luck!
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Old 06-03-2009, 01:47 PM
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Re: 357 Mag Pistol Deer Hunting

Sounds like you are in one of the "straight wall" pistol states such as Ohio or Illinois.

if so, you might want to consider a T/C Contender in 357 Max or the 300 Whisper with a heavy bullet to get a pass thru.

Super accuracy and hard hitting with the right bullet.

Mike Bellm rechambers the standard TC 357 into the Max. The normal TC max barrel has a reaaally long throat that gives poor accuracy. He uses a shorter throat reamer and they really shoot.

Plus you have the 41 mag, 45 LC and 44 Mag. I love the 45 LC/44 mag ruger bisley hunters. Accurate and will get pass thru for sure with heavier bullets.

Mike Bellm - Table of Contents

Watch what scope you get, eye relief can be critical.

Used Nikons are available for $100 normally off ebay and for the money are hard to beat. I like Burris, Nikon and the old TC in that order for pistols.

BH

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Old 06-04-2009, 12:34 AM
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Re: 357 Mag Pistol Deer Hunting

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Sounds like you are in one of the "straight wall" pistol states such as Ohio or Illinois.
Yep, Ohio.

The price of this gun was one I couldn't pass-up, so i am going to have to settle for this one until an affordable more suitable one presents itself.

Thanks for the input everyone!
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I figured i would see if the fine tuning would get me to the 150 yard mark. it took 11 shots to hit the target then I didn't look where it hit I just shot the last 3 bullets I had and hit the steel with all 3. (The larger hit is 2 hits,) I adjusted it down one click since.

But my sight is at it's end in adjustment and might be a little weak at that point; so tomorrow I am going to set it for 100 yards after I try 3 38 specials and 3 357 mags at that setting... Then I'll save-up for a scope.
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Re: 357 Mag Pistol Deer Hunting

"I really need the deer to "drop." Every deer I shot have simply dropped in it's tracks, didn't flinch, no movement at all, just collapsed. That is the way I want them all to go."

It's time to stop then while you are ahead! Your combo can and will kill deer. As stated the 2x scope will make a world of difference. BUT as for clean DRT kills you are asking an awful lot of a handgun cartridge at 150 yard. And I can say with confidence you will have deer that run.
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