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Just Bought a Henry .357 Lever Gun #8404707 10/03/21 12:05 AM
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First, let me say that this section of the THF will be my new favorite site to check in on. I've already found some seriously valuable information, especially from this post https://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/7701190/1 . Gives me some added confidence that I picked the right cartridge for me and the type of hunting I want to do.

That being said, I am just starting in the world of pig shooting and owning a gun in this cartridge. I know most of you are shooting hand loads, which isn't something I plan on doing anytime soon. I need to know what off the shelf rounds should I be looking for as a good all around pig killing cartridge? I am well aware that .357 ammo is scarce right now so it will be a scavenger hunt. Any help and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Just Bought a Henry .357 Lever Gun [Re: Texcajun] #8404771 10/03/21 01:26 AM
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As you saw from that linked thread I really like the 357 carbine for hunting when the range is not going to be very long. I wish Nosler had not quit making the 180gr Partition and Winchester loaded it a s factory rounds for several years. Those loads were what turned me on to that bullet for the 357 Mag and Max. The 357 in a rifle is about like the 357 Max in a handgun.

Quite a few do like the lighter bullets and they can work even the Hornady Leverevolution loads but do not expect an exit with the in my experience unless the pig is small or just lungs shot without hitting any shoulder.

Finding the ammo now without reloading or paying a high price might be tough. Ammo Seek does have some listed though.


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Re: Just Bought a Henry .357 Lever Gun [Re: Texcajun] #8404778 10/03/21 01:30 AM
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Re: Just Bought a Henry .357 Lever Gun [Re: kmon1] #8404807 10/03/21 01:56 AM
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Thanks for the input. Truth is, I am looking to harvest the smaller ones for eating. After eating one last year, I am looking forward to bringing home the bacon. I'll probably feed it .38spl for plinking, and save the .357 for hunting exclusively. I just need a decent store bought load for hunting.

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As you saw from that linked thread I really like the 357 carbine for hunting when the range is not going to be very long. I wish Nosler had not quit making the 180gr Partition and Winchester loaded it a s factory rounds for several years. Those loads were what turned me on to that bullet for the 357 Mag and Max. The 357 in a rifle is about like the 357 Max in a handgun.

Quite a few do like the lighter bullets and they can work even the Hornady Leverevolution loads but do not expect an exit with the in my experience unless the pig is small or just lungs shot without hitting any shoulder.

Finding the ammo now without reloading or paying a high price might be tough. Ammo Seek does have some listed though.

Re: Just Bought a Henry .357 Lever Gun [Re: Texcajun] #8404819 10/03/21 02:18 AM
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Underwood 140 grain Xtreme Penetrators are very deadly from my Marlin 1894 in .357. They are a little pricy but will tear a hog up. I think they are in stock at the Underwood website.


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Re: Just Bought a Henry .357 Lever Gun [Re: Texcajun] #8405710 10/03/21 08:03 PM
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Buffalo Bore - HEAVY 357 MAG OUTDOORSMAN 180 gr. Hard Cast LFN-GC
Should help penetrate and break bone if need.
Get it from their site when they have it.

Re: Just Bought a Henry .357 Lever Gun [Re: Texcajun] #8405753 10/03/21 09:03 PM
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I really like the Hornady XTP 158 gr bullets. I usually find them in the hide on the off side. I've shot a LOT of stuff with that load. Snakes, skunks, bobcats, deer, coyotes and pigs. Factory ammo tends to be a little watered down, so if you're buying hunting ammo, I'd buy from one of the custom loaders like Buffalo bore. They have jacketed bullets too.

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Re: Just Bought a Henry .357 Lever Gun [Re: Texcajun] #8406031 10/04/21 02:01 AM
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