Dave , IMO there is not a factory loaded 357 bullet good enough to deer hunt with . Dont get me wrong , a 357 will kill a deer . The problem is that their will be no exit wound and you will have to deal with less blood on the blood trail . So if your shot is anything less than perfect you stand a good chance of losing a deer . You might want to find out if your gun will handle a hopped up reload loaded with the 180gr hornady XTPs .
I have shot a few deer with a 44 and 1 deer with a 41 . The one deer I shot with a 41 taught me to never shoot deer with anything less than a 44 . He was 5 yards away perfectly broadside and I was at ground level with him . When I found him I discovered that I had hit him a couple of inches behind the shoulder but the bullet did not touch the ribs on the far side . I was using factory loads but at 5 yards I expected better penatration than that .
If I cant make a good shot please let me have a clean miss