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View Poll Results: What's a better deer rifle? .357 Magnum or 45 Long Colt?

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Thread: What's a better deer rifle? .357 Magnum or 45 Long Colt?

  1. #101
    Quote Originally Posted by sharps4590 View Post
    450 what? There's a LOT of 450's out there!!
    Here is Winchester's "Deer" Rifle cartridge list - https://winchester.com/Products/Ammu...u-h-6%22%5D%7D
    Here is Winchester's "Deer" HandGun cartridge list - https://winchester.com/Products/Ammu...u-h-6%22%5D%7D

  2. #102
    Quote Originally Posted by huntersdog View Post
    What's a better deer rifle? .357 Magnum or 45 Long Colt?
    What bullet would you recommend?
    Thanks
    Here is a few 357 deer kill videos - https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...=deer+with+357

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    I voted .45 long Colt.
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    No question...at short range (about 50-75 yards?) the .45 is boss. And the .50 cal beats the .45...and the 20mm beats the .50 cal...and the 105mm beats the 20mm.
    The question is, how much killing power do you need? The .357 at ranges around 100 meters is plenty powerful to take deer. Do we need to discuss price per round, ammo availability, recoil, noise, total weight...etc?
    What other calibers do you own? For deer hunting, I wouldn't start buying .45 Long Colts if many of my other firearms were .38/.357. "The better deer rifle" in this case is the one that uses the same caliber as your other firearms.
    JMHO

  5. #105
    For long distance shots, use the 45 Long Colt
    For short distance shots, use the 45 Short Colt

    That's what they were designed for.

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    JMHO but those aren't rifles, they're pistol caliber carbines. But they'll kill a deer "shore 'nuf" as long as you hit what ya aim at, and alot farther than most folks think they will do the job at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RP View Post
    Something I have not noticed is how big are the deer where you hunt ? If I was hunting up north where the deer are almost twice the size of deer in the south and only had a week of hunting season a 45 would really matter to me. I live in the south small deer long season 357 is what I use main reason I own one along with a 44 both have taken deer without a issue. The 357 is light weight and easy for a kid to use so when my boys were young they both used it as their starter deer rifle.
    Every year someone within a few miles of my camp bags a 300lb whitetail. Last fall my buddy shot one across the dirt logging road across from my place that went 275lb. No way would I feel good going after something like that with a 357 Mag. With deer that size I'd go with a very healthy load of 2400, Unique or H110 under a 250 gr or heavier 45LC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Savvy Jack View Post
    For long distance shots, use the 45 Long Colt
    For short distance shots, use the 45 Short Colt

    That's what they were designed for.


    Not disputing this in any way, but I'm wondering if you know of places on the Web that I can find info on it. I know some guys who will almost go to blows if you mention the .45 Long Colt, cause everyone knows there ain't no such animal.

    As for hunting deer and .357 vs .45 Colt, I'd take the .45 every time, that big slug has a much better knock em down factor for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadie View Post
    Not disputing this in any way, but I'm wondering if you know of places on the Web that I can find info on it. I know some guys who will almost go to blows if you mention the .45 Long Colt, cause everyone knows there ain't no such animal.

    As for hunting deer and .357 vs .45 Colt, I'd take the .45 every time, that big slug has a much better knock em down factor for me.
    I think he was making a joke. The history behind the 45LC designation is well known.
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