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Best 357 magnum revolver for hunting

WORLD TWORLD T MemberPosts: 262 Member
I would like to buy a new 357 mag revolver to shoot hogs and deer within 50 yards. I have shot deer/hogs with 44 and 460 magnums. Time for a new 357 to do the job with now. What do all of you handgun hunters use 357 mag wise? Post pics if you have them.


  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,320 Senior Member
    Ruger GP-100 is my preferred .357 - it's a solid frame (no sideplates), and locks the cylinder back, front, and bottom. The extractor rod does not rotate, so no hangups or inconsistent action if it somehow got bent. It's a stout beast. 4" or 6" barrel would depend on your uses, local hunting regs, and how it fits in with your other toys.

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  • shootershooter Senior Member Posts: 1,186 Senior Member
    As far as revolvers go, I would choose one of my S&W 686's. The 8 3/8" barreled model in the photo would be ideal.
    The 6" barreled model could have the heavy underlug removed and would also be very well suited to hunting.

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  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    If it was me I'd look for a good used N frame Smith. I killed a doe years ago with my 19. But it's old now and retired to my wife's nightstand duty with SD 38 spl loads. But good luck whatever you decide on. I really enjoy handgun hunting and have 2 new ones to blood this year.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,446 Senior Member
    Smith or Ruger. Take your pick. I have a 4" GP100. Not hunted with it, yet. There is a very nice Smith at my LGS that I'd love to have. Not for the $800 asking price, though.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,109 Senior Member
    I've got a 6" Dan Wesson Model 15 that is an amazing hunting handgun...
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  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 806 Senior Member
    I shoot a Smith and Wesson 686. Shot my 8 point buck last fall with it using Buffalo Bore 180 grainers.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,129 Senior Member
    I would suggest Ruger for the pistol as it would handle about as hot of a load as you want to put through it for hunting.

    Speaking of ammo, what would be a good commercial round to use?
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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    Diver43 wrote: »
    I would suggest Ruger for the pistol as it would handle about as hot of a load as you want to put through it for hunting.

    Speaking of ammo, what would be a good commercial round to use?

    Buffalo Bore and Double Tap are the constant recommendations for high powered rounds.



    Looks like you can get 700 fpe or so out of a .357.

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  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    I never hunted with them but a model 27 or 28 would work.
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  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,544 Senior Member

    This would be my choice..... except I'm afraid to scratch it, get it wet or even dirty:silly:

  • mohicanmohican Member Posts: 381 Member
    I've killed a few deer with a Ruger Blackhawk in .357, before I moved up to 44mags (and the the 454 Casull)

    As for loading a 357 mag hot, if you have to go above published loads, maybe it's time for a 41 mag. (and to kill deer at 50-75 yards, standard "max" loads with a 357 magnum work for deer.

    Oh, and one caveat: Shot Placement! Shot Placement! Shot Placement!
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    586-686 (686 is the same in stainless) S&W with whatever barrel length you like. I have an 8 3/8 but a 6 works great too. I like the 8 3/8 for the longer sight plane and I don't want a scoped handgun because to me, it defeats the purpose.
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  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,587 Senior Member
    I also have a 6" Dan Wesson that I would absolutely be comfortable hunting with, though I haven't yet used it for that purpose.
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  • RiflemannRiflemann Member Posts: 269 Member
    I have a 4" S&W 686, and my son has a 6" 686. They both shoot good, I have started looking for a 8 3/8" 686 just because. We both keep our shots on deer to 50 yards or less. (Bow Range)
  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,720 Senior Member
    I have a 6" Colt Trooper Mk III, that is a tack driver. I have killed 6 deer with it, 4 were hit by cars and had to be put down. I hand load 158 grain SWC flat nose bullets, cast out of wheel weights, over 17 grains of H-110. I have a few cast out of pure linotype, saved for thick skinned critters, like hogs. I also have a 6" stainless Ruger Security 6, that I carried in the Florida marsh, and a 6" Dan Wesson. All of them are very accurate, and a pleasure to carry, but the Trooper is my favorite........Robin
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  • remmagremmag Member Posts: 92 Member
    The best shooting .357 I've had is the S&W 686, I have 6" barrel, very accurate. My ruger, loved it and looked cool but didn't hit well with it...actually all three of my rugers (yeah, they looked so cool I got three different ones) It I want to hit something consistantly I used the S&W 686. Last hit was a jack rabbit, head shot at 30 yards (was luck involved?? we'll never know)
  • best defensebest defense New Member Posts: 8 New Member
    I must agree that in my personal experience the Smith & Wesson 586 or 686 is probably the best revolver in the 357 caliber. They're not too heavy to carry all day and they perform well. Ruger makes a pretty good gun, but they tend to be heavier and I prefer the trigger pull on the S&W.
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