Handgunning for Whitetails: Is the .357 Big Enough?

Handgunning for Whitetails: Is the .357 Big Enough?

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Blakely Byrd of South Carolina was hunting with her father in Kentucky during the 2016 season with her .357 Mag when this deer came within 30 yards. Some hunters believe the .357 isn’t powerful enough for deer but it is within limits.

With hunting, animals run wild and rumors run wilder.

One of these rumors is if you hunt with a handgun you need an extremely powerful caliber to kill deer. Consequently, many handgun hunters — and hunters who might think about handgun hunting — have succumbed to the myth that unless you have at least a .44 Mag., you have no business hunting deer.

You see, from the 1930s on, many handgun hunters successfully used the .357 Mag. Then came…



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