Here in Ohio, during Deer gun season; we are limited to Shotgun’s, muzzleloading rifles and shotguns, and pistols with a 5″ or longer barrel that shoot a straight walled cartridge that is .357″ or larger.
An often overlooked cartridge for use in a pistol is the .375 Winchester. A hidden treasure of the straight-walled cartridge world. The .375 Winchester has the same trajectory characteristics of the .30-30 with a significant improvement on killing
Out of my 15″ Thompson Center Encore barrel, I’m seeing loads operate between 1,500 and 2,000 fps while generating a ton of energy.
Compared to the .30-30, the .357 Winchester offers enough down-range kinetic energy to kill any white-tailed deer or black bear on the planet.
Shooting a 240gr Hornady Bullet riding on the fumes of some freshly burnt Reloader 7, the recoil is similar to that of a .41 Magnum pistol.
As you can see, April has no problem handling the recoil of the .357 Winchester using the Thompson Center Encore.
The .357 Winchester also offers unrivaled accuracy using the 15″ Encore barrel.
Here you can see a 100 yard group out of the 15″ TC Encore barrel.
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