Muzzle Velocity for deer hunting

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Muzzle Velocity for deer hunting

Postby Johnnyjr » 13 Aug 2022 09:45

Ok,my bullet is 158
Swc with gas checks

What mv do you think
I should have for deer

hunting 50 yards or less.
thanks.Just so you know
This is 357 mag cartridge
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Re: M v for deer hunting

Postby Ohio3Wheels » 13 Aug 2022 11:27

Johnnyjr wrote:Ok,my bullet is 158
Swc with gas checks

What mv do you think
I should have for deer

hunting 50 yards or less.
thanks.


I seem to recall seeing somewhere a figure of 1200 fps at the target. Shot placement is probably of equal or greater importance.

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Re: M v for deer hunting

Postby HarryAlonzo » 13 Aug 2022 11:55

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Re: M v for deer hunting

Postby ManxTom » 13 Aug 2022 14:57

Just for the sake of education and entertainment for the US guys, we have specific laws that cover what you can and can't use on deer.

You cannot use a calibre less than .240

You cannot shoot deer with a rifle producing less than 2450 fps at the muzzle AND having a terminal velocity of less than 1750 ft lbs.

These requirements are law here. If you go on a paid deer stalk you will be taken to the 'zeroing range' first. Your ammo will be checked and, possibly, chronoed and you will be expected to put three shots into a 3" circle at 100m.
This is the minimum requirement.
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Re: Muzzle Velocity for deer hunting

Postby GasGuzzler » 14 Aug 2022 04:57

Fixed your topic title as much as I can for easier searching later but I think you should edit your post to say what cartridge. Guessing .357 but it's important enough to list it with reloading safety and all.

BTW, the most common question regarding reloading the .357 has to do with deer (usually) hunting loads so there are likely A LOT of topics to look through.
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Re: M v for deer hunting

Postby Ohio3Wheels » 14 Aug 2022 12:44

ManxTom wrote:Just for the sake of education and entertainment for the US guys, we have specific laws that cover what you can and can't use on deer.

You cannot use a calibre less than .240

You cannot shoot deer with a rifle producing less than 2450 fps at the muzzle AND having a terminal velocity of less than 1750 ft lbs.

These requirements are law here. If you go on a paid deer stalk you will be taken to the 'zeroing range' first. Your ammo will be checked and, possibly, chronoed and you will be expected to put three shots into a 3" circle at 100m.
This is the minimum requirement.


Here in Ohio, rifles are limited to straight walled cartridges of 38 caliber or better and no more than 3 rounds in the gun. Not really serious limitations.

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Re: Muzzle Velocity for deer hunting

Postby HarryAlonzo » 14 Aug 2022 13:55

No more than three rounds in the mag, or three rounds total? Are you required to put a stick in your Rossi mag, or is the restriction honor based?
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Re: Muzzle Velocity for deer hunting

Postby Ohio3Wheels » 16 Aug 2022 13:35

HarryAlonzo wrote:No more than three rounds in the mag, or three rounds total? Are you required to put a stick in your Rossi mag, or is the restriction honor based?



Three rounds total and no we don't have to plug them. I'm sure some don't abide, but it's not worth it. You start by loosing your gun and hunting privalge,

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Re: Muzzle Velocity for deer hunting

Postby Johnnyjr » 16 Aug 2022 13:39

What's your thoughts on a 125 gr cast gas checked bullets for 50 or less yards on deer. Those things far out perform the 158 grainers.
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Re: Muzzle Velocity for deer hunting

Postby GasGuzzler » 17 Aug 2022 06:18

I don't shoot light for cartridge in anything, especially to build hunting rounds. 125 grains is 20% light.
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