what bullet 4 deer 160 gr/285 meplat or 180 gr/280 meplat

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rob-c

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any thoughts on what bullet you would go with out of a 357 Blackhawk and please do not tell me to get a 44 the 357 is what I have and there has been lots of deer killed with them. i am leaning toward the 180 gr but have read about many guys taking deer with 160 gr.
 

WIL TERRY

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IF YOU KNOW HOW TO SHOOT, they all work, every bullet weight. Matter of fact there is a famous gunwriter whose biggest buck was killed with a 38SPL 148gr wadcutter through the ribs and lungs, and I mean to tell you, deader than canned tuna.
The 180grJHP covers a lot of bases in that caliber.
 

stevemb

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I've been slowly working up loads for a .357 SS BH NM.. A hunting load. I've chosen the 180gr WFN and XTP's.. If the load only will go in that NM BH, the XTP can be set out and interesting things can happen. I've not shot game with the .357 but chose to stay heavy from the start, for a hunting/bear load. stevemb
 

stevemb

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Ah ,a sense of humor, love it ! If done just right, you may be able to get a twofer with the 180/187gr WFN's. stevemb
 

catfish621

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More specific. Who sells it? I haven't seen a 160 with that large a meplat. May want some.
 

rob-c

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catfish621 said:
More specific. Who sells it? I haven't seen a 160 with that large a meplat. May want some.
Montana bullet works they have a huge selection of bullets for tons of calibers.
 

DGW1949

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There aint no such thing as a magic bullet, be it launched from a .357, or whatever. What I mean by that is what Will Terry said...."If you know how to shoot, they all work". That said though, my bullet of choice for the .357 Mag is a 150ish LSWC. I suspect though, that the deer won't know the difference between it and either of the two you mention, so personally, I'd use whichever proved to be the most accurate for me.

DGW
 

98Redline

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DGW1949 said:
...so personally, I'd use whichever proved to be the most accurate for me.
That is it right there.

Both bullets will perform just fine for deer but the one that shoots most accurately out of your gun is the one you should be using.
 

stevemb

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There is truth to be known. The smaller the hole you punch thru whatever vitals, the farther you will have be able to trail it. Not woodsy enough ? Go bigger in bore. Yes it will be fatal, but will YOU be able to recover it ? We owe it to our prey. stevemb
 

stevemb

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I would combine both lines of logic from above. From the heaviest bullets available, choose the most accurate. stevemb
 

Biggfoot44

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In this situation the difference between those two bullets would be minimal. With top end loads from a BlackHawk . Either should give complete penetration on typical whitetails. For revolvers other than BlackHawk a 180 could have COL vs powder capacity issues to reach top velocities.

If you wanted to make a really lively discussion , you would have included a 158 XTP or Gold Dot loaded to 1400+fps vs the cast bullets.
 

hammeredbean

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FWIW.....I have shot several deer with a 158gr jsp from federal. It can't be doing much over 1100 from my sp101. It makes 2 clean holes and kills quickly. In my experience the trusty 357 is all I need or want for deer. Good luck.
 
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