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Groundhog load for .357 Mag

Postby Marcbowers » Tue May 22, 2007 8:09 pm

Anybody have a suggested load for a revolver load for these bad boys. I have a S&W with a 5 inch barrel and will be getting a scope for it. Not looking for beanfield performance but a hundred yards + or so. Any help appreciated.
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Postby tigwelder56 » Fri May 25, 2007 5:27 pm

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Postby critical » Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:56 pm

Unless you are a world champion shot you will be wounding a lot of groundhogs at those ranges which is unethical. I would not do it. A more realistic range would be maybe 35 yds. The brain on a groundhog is maybe 2" diameter. As Tig mentions a possible 4" group perhaps a where the pistol shoots 1" groups would be the max range?
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Postby Shadow74 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:38 pm

How about a recommendation for a pellet gun load for Bear? (Even if I have to shoot twice :) )
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Postby critical » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:35 pm

Place the pellet gun barrel inside the bear's skull about 4" then pull the trigger. Careful it may tick him off.
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Postby pastorfarley » Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:46 am

I think it may be hard to get a .357 bullet that is built to expand well on groundhogs. That said, the .357 unexpanded is larger than the .22 Mag fully expanded and I have killed many with a "Maggie". The real question is what is the most accurate load for your gun? I would feel comfortable using .38 Special wadcutters if they were the most accurate ammo I could find. If you are willing to stalk close a good revolver can do the job, if you want to sit out at 50-100 yards and wait for an unsuspecting chuck then a revolver is not the firearm for the job.
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Re: Groundhog load for .357 Mag

Postby GOANRA » Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:35 pm

Only a rifle is suitable for shooting groundhogs. A .22 HP works very well.

Many farmers will let you hunt their fields between plantings, as their burrows cause broken axles on tractors.

A .223 is ideal if range is needed.
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