White Tails with a 357 Revolver
A cousin, the same age as me recently moved back to town after being away for 8 or 10 years. He was asking me if I still hunted (haven't in years) and said he would like to go deer hunting this year and would really like it if I would go with him. This was followed by him asking if I had a rifle he could borrow to hunt with. Since messing up my back in 07, I haven't hunted. I know I couldn't hump a rifle around the hills and I'm not much of a sitter. I've toyed with the idea of hunting with a 357. A revolver on the hip would make for a lot easier going than carrying a long gun.
I have decided if I do it, my 6 inch Highway Patrolman makes the best candidate. I have a good Hunter holster for it and all my other magnums are 4 inch or less. I shoot it well and regularly practice out to 40 yards or more.
The big question is ammo. I have 130gr and 158gr RNFP Hi tek coated bullets on hand as well as 125gr and 158gr Hornady XTPs. I think the XTP is the best choice, but which weight is best? A 158gr at near 1300fps or a 125gr at 1500+fps?
I also have some factory ammo to consider. Federal 158 semi-jacketed flat point, Blazer brass 158gr JHP or Remington 125gr semi-jacketed hollow points.
I would like to hear from any of you who have hunted with a 357