I'm new to playing around with pistol cartridges out of a rifle. But I'm sure having a lot of fun!
When I first bought that gun, and having been raised on the "minimum 800 FPE to kill deer) theory, I figured I had a 50 yard max gun which was no problem for heavy woods.
But the way that rifle put the "smackdown" on those 2 deer got me intrigued. I hunted these same woods with a Win '94 30-30 for 6 or 7 years and seldom got the kind of devastating kills that I got from this .357.
First deer was shot at 11 yards facing me. Went down like it had been hit by a truck! Didn't recover the bullet, but the largest piece of the heart I found when I gutted it was about the size of my thumbnail.
The larger deer was shot broadside at 24 yards. Deer took 2 steps, stopped, stood there for maybe 15-20 seconds and dropped. When I got to it the bullet had passed through and through and it looked like blood had been sprayed from a hose.
So I'm really curious to play around with this gun and some different loads.
And having seen what these worn out eyes can do with the semi buckhorns, I'm dying to see what I can do with the tang sights. I thought my days of shooting open sights were long in my past.
Most importantly, I'm having a blast!