357 Magnum Bullet Weights

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    357 Magnum Bullet Weights

    Over the years I have shot a couple coyotes whith a 4 inch 357mag loaded with 158 grain Rem HP's. Most of the time I shoot them broadside in the ribs. The bullets make a small exit hole and the coyotes usually run 25 or 30 yards and die.
    Lately I started using 125 HP's. The round will exit the far side with a larger hole and the animals will drop on the spot.
    Today I shot a coyote (about a 40pounder)with a 145 silvertip. The bullet did not exit. The animal dropped on the spot. I was going to make this my new carry round but expected more penatration from that weight bullet. Has anyone here tested or had any simular problems with 357 silvertips?

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    Try a 110gr Hornady XTP over 10r of Unique ... they will not take another step.

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    If the bullet did not exit and the animal dropped right there, that is not a problem IMO. I think that's what I want to have happen.

    The round must have mushroomed and expended all of it's energy inside the target, which is a good thing. I understand your concern over lack of penetration, but perhaps that is not necessary. It may have penetrated deeply in some other direction inside the body, if it was deflected off a bone or something. Who knows what can happen when a small projectile strikes something at high velocity? JMO YMMV
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    I like both the 125 & 145 grain loads. Which one do you think will penatrate in deepest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powhs View Post
    I like both the 125 & 145 grain loads. Which one do you think will penatrate in deepest?
    All the tests I've seen with .357, nothing did better in HP than 125 gr.
    I've got Golden Saber 125's in mine.
    There may be something better, but in practical terms, not sure how you'd know.

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    A man I respect greatly, Chuck Hawks recommends 125 gr. HP's as the best SD round for a .357 mag. It has a good combination of velocity and energy. They're easier to shoot than the heavier 158's an 147's. That said, I have one box of 125 gr. Corbon's for my self defense rounds and the rest are all 158's for shooting in my S & W N-frame and Rossi lever action M92.
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