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    Re: .357 Mag hawg ammo

    Quote Originally Posted by 2shotal
    Hmmm .... I just read the manual on the Taurus 627 Tracker .357 mag and it specifies that the max weight bullet to use is 158 grains. Wish I read it earlier as I already ordered a couple of boxes of bullafo bore and Federal vital shok in 180 grains. Has anybody in the forum who has a Taurus 627 Tracker shot their revolver using 180 grains bullets?
    thanks for posting this info.
    I dont have a tracker but now Im thinking twice about getting some for my s&w.
    it might be ok but i wouldnt risk it.
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    Re: .357 Mag hawg ammo

    The 180 grain load is shown in the Hornady manual, Speer list a 170 for handgun and rifle, my old Sierra shows a 170 load. I would be concerned with exceeding the published loads for a handgun.

    I might consider the 180 for my Marlin 1894.

    I would want to do some in depth research on the fire arm I would use the heavier loads in before trying it.
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    Re: .357 Mag hawg ammo

    2shotal That's interesting call the ammo company's and ask them and find out what they used for test guns.
    them 180 gr. mabe to long but your Taurus is +p rated I think.
    If its a no go let us know how that new marlin lever pistol with the low magazine capacity works out for ya.
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    Re: .357 Mag hawg ammo

    I got caught on the ground by a big herd in Germany many years ago. Also saw what they can do to a man (boar - LONG lazy S scare from mid-cafe to groin!; sow - a BIG bite taken out of a calf). That one time for me was the very night I decided to leave my 9mm at home... DUMB!

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    Re: .357 Mag hawg ammo

    Oscarflytyer most of my extended family and friends do not believe a hog will come after you! That was until a few years ago! My uncle spent a couple of hours in a tree, after he ran out of ammo working on a small swine herd! A herd of about 20 angry hogs kept him in the tree after he shot a 30 lb pig. He now takes more than 3 rounds when he hunts deer. One of the local high school kids had over 100 stitches in his leg when he got opened up from his ankle to his groin while pig hunting. He said the hog just him in the leg and shook his snout, then there was blood everywhere. I have learned to be a little more careful. I also make sure I have enough gun! If I am hunting in large fields I carry a 30-06 and Ruger BH in .45 Colt or a .44Mag. If I am hunting in heavy brush I carry my 1895GG in 45-70 and my Ruger .45. The main thing is to use your head and don't get careless.

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    Re: .357 Mag hawg ammo

    Called Taurus this morning. After the usual 10 minutes wait, I spoke with a lady in customer service. As I explained what my question was, she started to ask me where did I hear about not being able to use the 180. I patiently explained that I went to their website and read it off their posted user manual PDF. She kept asking me where in their website was the PDF file. After asking if it was a revolver, she ask on what page did I read about max was 158 grains, which of course I did not remember. To make a long story short, I believe she had no clue about what I was asking and what the answer was. Towards the end of the call she did say I should be OK if I use regular factory loads.

    Needless to say, I don't have a warm fuzzy feeling about it, but I'll start with the 125 grains and then go up to the 158s I bought. Depending on how it feels, what the primers and cases look like, and how easy/tough it is to remove the cases, I may progress to shooting a couple of 180 Federal Vital Shoks and see how it goes. Then I might try the Buffalo Bore 180s last, praying that I do not loose any fingers in the process. I'll keep you posted.
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    Re: .357 Mag hawg ammo

    Quote Originally Posted by Gee Wizz01
    Oscarflytyer most of my extended family and friends do not believe a hog will come after you! That was until a few years ago! ......

    The main thing is to use your head and don't get careless.

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    Gary - for the first part - that is a very GRAVE mistake - NO PUN INTENDED! And second, I went hog scouting one afternoon last fall, and did find a nice herd moving through the woods. However, I was on the ground, by myself, no one else knew EXACTLY where I was, and the hogs were very keyed up and ornery. I let them walk... Better safe than sorry...
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    Re: .357 Mag hawg ammo

    Here is what Buffalo Bore's website says about their 180 grain 357 heavy magnum ammo:

    Heavy 357 Magnum Ammo - 180 gr. Hard Cast LFN-GC (1,400fps/M.E. 783 ft. lbs.) - 20 Round Box

    Our 357 mag. ammo adds more power than ever before to the 357 mag. This ammo is safe to shoot in ANY all steel 357 revolver - this includes J frames. This ammo is no harder on your gun than any other normal 357 ammo. Please don't phone us and ask if this ammo is safe in your gun. It is, providing your gun is in safe condition for use with any normal 357 ammo.

    We don't recommend this ammo to be fired in super light alloy revolvers as bullets may jump crimp under recoil, but the ammo itself wont hurt these super light weight revolvers. These revolvers are simply so light that the recoil is severe enough to cause crimp jump.
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    Re: .357 Mag hawg ammo

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    Here is what Buffalo Bore's website says about their 180 grain 357 heavy magnum ammo:

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    Thanks findrichard - I did see it after my posting - it looks like it should be OK to fire the 180 grains - as I said b4, I'll start with the 125 grains and work my way up nice and easy
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    Re: .357 Mag hawg ammo

    I would try a few rounds of the BB 180, and inspect each time before you shoot for any jumping of the crimp. I think a hard crimp with a Lee Factory Crimp Die would keep everything together though, most factory ammo has a very light crimp to start with.
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