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Been Awhile #211799 09/18/2022 9:51 PM
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it's been quite a while since I was last on this site, was nice to get back and see some of the post from the last year or so. Not sure why it has taken me this long to get back here as this last I finally got my first deer with a handgun, and on my own property to boot.
This last season started with me playing around with an idea that I found on Facebook where someone had loaded two or three round balls into a 45-70 round. With this I worked up loads for two .360 round balls into a .38spl case and three of them into a .357mag case.
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Was actually impressed with my results. These groups I shot were at 20 yards and since I only had one piece of card board I was taking shots at different parts of the board and hitting at point of aim. Couldn't ask for much more for a little experiment.
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My thought was to be able to carry these for armadillos as we have been having issues with them where we deer hunt, it is right next to a golf course and the greenskeeper has been having problems with them also tearing up the course so I am plenty happy to help out. After loading up a bunch of these I have yet to see a diller while carrying them but decided to carry them while I was calling raccoons with my father in law the Saturday after thanksgiving. On our last set of the day a nice coon came out and sat on a broken off branch with the main truck of a very large cottonwood behind him. I would typically use my .17wsm for this be decided to try the new loads and I was not disappointed. The round balls hit right at his shoulder and he just folded over and rolled off the branch. Almost the same reaction I would have had with the rifle.
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Also last October we moved into a new house that got us about fifteen miles from the noise of town, just love the peace and quiet and the wildlife we get to see. During the last weekend of our rifle season I sat under a tree that was about 30 yards or so from the house. Had three deer come in with 15 minutes of light left, a nice shooter buck that since my buck tag was archery only, i could not shoot a doe that stood behind the buck and this little doe who was standing in the lead of the group. I was shooting a federal load with a 158gr semi-jacketed hollow point and at only 8 yards it hit high shoulder and mushroomed well based on the wound channel and exit but just kept on going, but put her down where she stood.
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This year I have decided to get the general tag so if another buck presents this kind of opportunity I will be able to take the shot. Also to prepare for this season I got ahold of some 180gr lead hollowpoints that I have worked up loads for as well as a few 180gr XTPs that were recommended to me by several on this sight. I haven't yet decided which I will carry but feel that I am well armed with either one.
Ready to see what this season has to bring for me and excited to see what it brings everyone else as well.

Re: Been Awhile [Re: Cookie125] #211801 09/19/2022 12:57 AM
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Pretty cool thanks!


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Re: Been Awhile [Re: Cookie125] #211803 09/19/2022 11:27 AM
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I wish you luck this deer season. Nice to have you back on the forum.
Where I live Noise Pollution is caused by a Coyote or Whipper will's. You will enjoy the country life.
Another advantage of country living, I have seen deer during deer season before getting out of the yard. Normally not a big buck however.

Have a Great Day.

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Re: Been Awhile [Re: Cookie125] #211804 09/19/2022 11:30 AM
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Your Round Ball Load is interesting.
I have never worked with round balls in a cartridge case.
What I have done is work up a shot shell load for my Ruger 480 Alaskan. It is a snake killer deluxe.

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Re: Been Awhile [Re: Cookie125] #211807 09/20/2022 12:00 AM
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I grew up in the country although not this far out and is much much further from a main road than what i grew up with so it is an even nicer quite lol. Out here we don't have the whip-poorwills but the pheasants and bobwhite are always calling and running through the yard so there is also plenty of entertainment. I had thought about a snake shot load for this but I am not one to shoot snakes as they have been helping with the pocket gophers in the yard. while looking through info on this load I found more that involved a single ball that guys where shooting in their basements and garages as well as a similar load using a 70gr wadcutter.

Re: Been Awhile [Re: Cookie125] #211809 09/21/2022 2:05 PM
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Very interesting. John Wooters used to load some similar loads.


"A quiet hit in the right place is better than a loud miss in the wrong place followed by 10 more shots on the run"

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Re: Been Awhile [Re: Cookie125] #211811 09/22/2022 1:51 AM
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Interesting load in your .357, I would never have thought to do that. Might not be a bad load for a “house gun” either.

I live about three miles from a small town, and have 80 acres out my back door. Nothing like living in the country for us. I haven’t lived in town in forty years !

Congrats on the doe, the .357 is definitely a killer on whitetails at close ranges.

Re: Been Awhile [Re: Cookie125] #211814 09/22/2022 9:59 PM
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reflex is that the "hockshop" load or something like that?

Drycreek not sure how well this would for for it all though I heard someone refer to it as a bank guard load. when i was shooting it at my target there was a steel barrel and they just deformed against it.
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maybe a harder alloy would do better? in my next batch i think i will try powder coating them.

Re: Been Awhile [Re: Cookie125] #211815 09/23/2022 6:41 PM
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Excellent on your deer with your 357 Mag


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Re: Been Awhile [Re: Cookie125] #211819 09/25/2022 6:58 PM
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Thank you Ernie

Re: Been Awhile [Re: Cookie125] #211822 09/26/2022 1:29 PM
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Yes that was Wooter's hock shop load.


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