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i recentally go ta .357 rifle i can shoot with a 4x32 fixed power scope out to 100 yards with a 158 grane horndady with ionly a half inch drop. what do you think is the maximum yardage do you think i can shoot?

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I would not try to shoot a deer beyond 125 yds as bullet energy drops off fast. I am waiting delivery of a .357 rifle as well. I plan to use the Hornady Lever revolution load and not shoot beyond 125 yds.

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I'm not sure how you figure there's only a 1/2" of drop? How much drop there is will depend on the distance you sight it in for. If you sight in for 100yds, there will appear to be no drop when in fact the bullet start's to drop the moment it leaves the barrel.

I would be leary of it's potentional to kill well at that range too. It will have lost a lot of velocity and never really had a lot of energy and to top that off, I would wonder about it's ability to group well at that range. It's ability to group well will definately have an effect on your ability to place your shot well.

Next year I plan on hunting with my 30-06 but using cast bullet's. At present using a 180gr cast it appears my max range is going to be about 125yds +/-. The problem being low muzzle velocity, the bullet's inability to maintain velocity and it's only a 3" grouper at 100yds at best so far. Even if I get the group up, it will still be short on power and may not have enough to reliably expand at that range. At 357mag velocity I believe the 158gr bullet will fall far behind that 180gr 30 cal class bullet. The ballistic coefficent of the cast bullet is .317. The BC of a 158gr 357 will be about .180. That tell's you the ability of the bullet to maintain it's velocity, that is not a good number. Also the 158gr bullet from a hand gun is about 1500fps. Not sure what you'd get from a rifle but if you know, let me know and I can work up a balistics chart for you. The velocity I'm presently getting from the 30-06 with cast bullet is 1999fps measured.

I would hazzard a guess that the 357 even in rifle form will run out of sufficent steam somewhere between 50 to 75yds. But that is good as most bow hunter's can do and I would give it a go at those ranges depending on how well it grouped at the farthest range.

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I have my Marlin 1894CP zeroed at 75yds with 170gr Sierra JHP and H-110. It's mostly for fun but I do carry it when I go scouting early in season.

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I'd say with the hornady leverevolution ammo 100-125yards with a .357 out of a rifle would be doable as long as the trigger actuator nut is upto the task.

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i shot a butten buck with it and it blew through the rib cage and out the other shoulder dropoed it in place. and i sight in at 50 yards.

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i have a 45 long colt and i got some of those carbon they are loaded really hot and i took it hunting in wyoming this year i shot it at 50yd,100yd,150,200yd,and 250yd i practiced a lot with it and i will not say how far i felt comfortable shooting at a deer due to conflict with some of you, but im sure the 357 is not far from the 45. now if you just buy some of those cowboy loads they are not worth a kiss you a#$ if you know what i mean. I will use it for my next years hunt as well!

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i use 158 grai ammo

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I have some 155gr Keith Type HP's that I load in my 38. Thought it might make a good hunting bullet other than the 38 doesn't drive them very fast. Talked to a guy on a cast bullet site about it and he said they were to hard and would not mushroom right because I'd made tham from wheel weight's. Was thinking of making some from maybe 30-1 lead to tin mix and tryin it out. Ought to make a decent short range hunting bullet. Might even work in those 357 rifles.