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Got close enough for a look-see. Actually, the bullet penetrated, and impacted a small swale/bank behind the crow. There was a small, but wide trench where the bullet penetrated the ground. My brother postulated that the bullet expanded, and "pulled" fragments and feathers in a 6-8 foot long fan shaped dispersion across the top of the snow. (he worked at S&W for 42 years, so he's sorta familiar with this stuff) Still a nasty varmint performer! Spectacular demise.

Seems the Magnum follows the Maximum with accuracy potential. Personally, I don't really care much of particulars, as long as I hit what I shoot at!!! .36 bore seems to be a sweet spot in bullet size to accomplish a variety of uses.(varmint to deer)

Hey, if you want a similar scenario, you could try a shot right handed???!!! Mine was a braced snap shot, for the crow was getting real squirrelly and ready to bug out.

Oh, yeah---no more chalk bombs.

Mark

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I shot right handed once in my life, and I said I would never do it again! I was turkey hunting in Mississippi 25 years ago, and Ole Tom came slipping in from the opposite direction that I expecting it to. I had to re-shoulder my gun when he stepped behind a big oak tree, and when everything looked good, I pulled the trigger. I killed the turkey, but I also managed to get a black eye and a bloody nose in the process. That was the first, last and only time I ever shot a gun right handed...


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Forget what I "pontified" before---Upper 50's today melted a -LOT- of snow, and I was able to get right down to the demise. Couldn't relocate that trench. There are shards of lead and gilding copper sprayed all over the place. Had a rough time getting down there, cause I was in the hospital 3 times since December. Got a good prognosis now, so things looking up.

Good thing, no ricochets. Must be on the ragged edge of flying to pieces out the barrel. Hit him squarely right through the back of the chest below his head-and what a scramble of terminal ballistics. Now I got to call in Mr Coyote....[smile]

Chris Alexander
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Hi I was wondering has anyone shot much 357 mag ammo through the 357 max barrels. Im looking to get a MGM barrel in max and was wondering about shooting heavy thompson contender 180 gr loads as well as the max loads through the barrel.
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I've shot some 357 mag and 38 special through my 357 Max, just to try it.  Granted I have a SAMII spec chamber made by MGM, which is a forcing cone design vs. a "throat" like Bellm uses.  If your rifle has a Bellm chamber, I would NOT try anything other than 357 Max loads/brass.  For me, they shot okay at best.  Accuracy and velocity varied quite a bit.  I suspect it was due to the extremely long, and unsupported, jump the bullet was having to make to the rifling and lots of pressure/gas was bypassing the bullet.  Afterwards, I made sure to clean the carbon ring out of the chamber and went right back to using 357 Max brass only.  You can easily down load the Max to Mag and 38 pressures (if you want to play with subsonics, like I've been doing).  So, if you want my opinion...I did it, won't do it again, and wouldn't suggest it to anyone. 
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Chris,

I know that this is not much of an answer, but to answer your question, just flip a coin! Some 357 Maximums will accurately shoot 357 magnum ammo and some will not. I have seen one barrel that would shoot 1 inch groups at 50 yards, and the next seemingly identical barrel would be hard pressed to keep three shots inside a 10" circle at the same 50 yds...

Another example, I took one of my custom 357 Maximum rifles and shot several different types of 357 magnum ammo in it, and it all failed miserably. So, just for the heck of it, I had some sub sonic heavy bullet 38 specials loaded, and decided to give them a try. Low and behold, 5 shots went into the same hole at 50 yards, with absolutely no paper left between any of the holes! Even with the bullet having to make an even longer jump before contacting the rifling, it made no rhyme or reason for those loads to shoot, but they did...

I hear from customers all over the United States, and some tell me that their 357 magnum loads are accurate enough to hunt with, while others say that it is just a waste of powder and bullets...

The only way to know for sure, is to just load it up and go shoot!


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