357 mag deer hunting ammo for rifle

Great OutdoorsGreat Outdoors MemberPosts: 215 Member
I recently acquired a 1 owner, 1 box of ammo, safe queen, JM stamped, Marlin lever action 357 for the ridiculous price of $300.
I would like to take a deer with it this year, another rifle in the rotation for deer killing( I try to kill one with every rifle every year-30-06,30-30,M1 carbine, Mini 30). Any recommendations on a proven 357 load that won't fail at rifle velocities?
Yes- I know I suck

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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    I handload. But, ive been using the .357 Mag successfully with 158gr & 180gr Hornady XTP Bullets.

    I’ve used them at .357 Mag and .35 Remington velocities to effectively take deer. They should do well if they shoot well in your rifle.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    My heavy load for handguns has always been Federal American Eagle 158gr semi jacketed flat points.

    Ammo has advanced a great deal since that load was marketed and there's a bunch more choices now.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • Great OutdoorsGreat Outdoors Member Posts: 215 Member
    Thanks - I'll find some XTPs and see if they shoot well from this rifle
  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 708 Senior Member
    $300 is an unbelievable price
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,053 Senior Member
    Yes- I know I suck
    A long a you are aware of that fact is all that matters.

    Bullet-- Hornady XTP. I don't have personal experience with terminal results in the .357, but do with .44. They just plain work. I have yet to see one used as a hunting bullet on deer sized game, not do what it is supposed to do.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    I plan on running the 158gr Hornady XTP Bullet out of my Dominator and into a deer at a MV of 2,242 fps this season. Hopefully.

    My expectations? Dead deer!!!

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    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,768 Senior Member
    300? Yea, you sure do suck. I have no interest in levers but at that price I likely wouldn't have walked away
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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,978 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I plan on running the 158gr Hornady XTP Bullet out of my Dominator and into a deer at a MV of 2,242 fps this season. Hopefully.

    My expectations? Dead deer!!!

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    Shooting great
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,668 Senior Member
    While I'm a fan of the XTPs for handgun hunting and use them in my 10mm. In my 357s I use a cast LBT. similar to these
    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1001459569/grizzly-ammunition-357-magnum-180-grain-cast-performance-lead-wide-flat-nose-gas-check-box-of-20

    Only difference is that I spec'd out my mould to cast 164gr bullets after lubing, sizing and installing the gascheck. Plus, I load them myself


    Here's the pile from my last casting session
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,824 Senior Member
    If you don't reload, Buffalo Bore makes some hardcast heavy 357 loads.
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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,978 Senior Member
    158 grain Sierra JHP, 158 Hornady XTP HP, or the Swift 158 grain bullet.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,685 Senior Member
    I cast and load 158 grain SWCGC's over 17 grains of H110 with great results, but I really like the looks of the ones Paul cast.........robin
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  • shootbrownelkshootbrownelk Senior Member Posts: 2,017 Senior Member
    Tugar wrote: »
    If you don't reload, Buffalo Bore makes some hardcast heavy 357 loads.

    I second the motion on the Buffalo Bore ammo....hot stuff indeed.
  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,952 Senior Member
    IMO any 158+ grain JSP in .357 mag will do the job at reasonable distances (50-75 yds). Heck, even 100 yds isn't unrealistic IF your shot placement is good enough.

    Luis

    ps. Yes, you suck! $300 wasn't half of what that's worth!
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  • Great OutdoorsGreat Outdoors Member Posts: 215 Member
    I'm getting it set up for my wife for hog hunting- I took off the 1980 see thru mounts with the 2x10 Tasco scope, put on a 1 pc DNZ mount and the scope she wanted- a 1.5 x 4.5 Bushnell dusk to dawn- I'll get a range day soon and get it sighted- she wanted to try the 140 leverevolution bullets after reading reports of their accuracy and hunting results- we will see, pics will be taken on range day. That is the same scope she has on her AR
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