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Old 10-05-2019, 12:41 PM
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Ive got a .357 bangstick, and with hunting type ammo, it blows ugly holes in my fish.
Wondering if anybody makes ammo more specifically designed for this, less penetration, but more shock wave?
Tried blanks, but they seem very low powered, not very effective.

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What fish are you shooting with a bangstick?
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Use .38 Special.
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You could use 38 special loads instead of .357 magnum .Regular load vs a magnum load .
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Try this, it's a low recoil FMJ .38 special target load. It's made for women but I think it would work good on fish also.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/2900536559
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.38 Special wadcutter. It's a target load, low power and punched round holes, not ragged edges
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I have a .357 mag and a .410 bang stick

not a big fan of the .357 it tends to blow a hole and go through the fish (this can get very dangerous on big fish if the bang stick head gets stuck in them and they start thrashing)

get some .38 spl snake/rat shot (like little shotgun shells) that is your best bet
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Originally Posted by Lookinup76 View Post
Try this, it's a low recoil FMJ .38 special target load. It's made for women but I think it would work good on fish also.
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Originally Posted by FishnDive View Post
What fish are you shooting with a bangstick?

I would also like to know?

Old 10-05-2019, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by STIPulation View Post
Use .38 Special.

I had heard rumors that .38 ammo would fit the .357, will investigate that, it looks like a much mellower load.

Lookinup76, I usually shoot my women with quite another stick, and that is always a pleasure to shoot!

For those who ask what fish I’m shooting, we’re talking about large Ahi and the occasional Marlin, which is legal and acceptable as market and table fish here. Dispatching a fish quickly is critical to the quality of the meat, and clubbing them is risky and often ineffective.

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So 38 special target ammo is around 900 fps, while .357 magnum is around 1300 fps. They are both able to be shot in a .357 revolver but i have no idea about a bang stick.
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Originally Posted by nuffaredy View Post



I had heard rumors that .38 ammo would fit the .357, will investigate that, it looks like a much mellower load.

Lookinup76, I usually shoot my women with quite another stick, and that is always a pleasure to shoot!

For those who ask what fish I’m shooting, we’re talking about large Ahi and the occasional Marlin, which is legal and acceptable as market and table fish here. Dispatching a fish quickly is critical to the quality of the meat, and clubbing them is risky and often ineffective.

Based on the situation you described, what is the advantage to using ammunition versus pithing the fish once on board?
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Originally Posted by ptag View Post

Based on the situation you described, what is the advantage to using ammunition versus pithing the fish once on board?
You’ve e obviously never boated a large angry fish!
Its a foolish thing to do, as it can wreck your cockpit and seriously injure you, as well as the reasons I stated above.
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Originally Posted by nuffaredy View Post


You’ve e obviously never boated a large angry fish!
Its a foolish thing to do, as it can wreck your cockpit and seriously injure you, as well as the reasons I stated above.
giant bluefin tuna, swordfish, makos, pick up truck beds full of 100-150 “ahi” as you call them, do you require pictures? I for one prefer the damage these fish do to a boat over the unpredictability of a bang stick, which I have experience with and don’t care for. Start a poll on THT to see how many anglers use ammunition to “boat large angry fish” and report back. So what are your parameters for a large angry fish that requires a bang stick? I just asked you why you prefer a bang stick, why such a dueschy response?
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Originally Posted by ptag View Post

giant bluefin tuna, swordfish, makos, pick up truck beds full of 100-150 “ahi” as you call them, do you require pictures? I for one prefer the damage these fish do to a boat over the unpredictability of a bang stick, which I have experience with and don’t care for. Start a poll on THT to see how many anglers use ammunition to “boat large angry fish” and report back. So what are your parameters for a large angry fish that requires a bang stick? I just asked you why you prefer a bang stick, why such a dueschy response?
Been using powerheads for decades and compared to a dart or gaff I find them a predictable, safe and effective method of dispatching large fish. I’m not a big fan of dumping a hot fish on the deck that is capable hurting crew, tossing gear and extending time it takes to get them prepped and iced. I’m sure a lot depends on the boat layout and the type of fish harvested but in my case a PH is a good tool in certain situations.
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Been using powerheads for decades and compared to a dart or gaff I find them a predictable, safe and effective method of dispatching large fish. I’m not a big fan of dumping a hot fish on the deck that is capable hurting crew, tossing gear and extending time it takes to get them prepped and iced. I’m sure a lot depends on the boat layout and the type of fish harvested but in my case a PH is a good tool in certain situations.
Informative and respectable response. Interesting to hear others opinions who differ from one’s own, thanks for sharing.
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I personally don't use a bang stick but I see no issue with using one as long as they are same about it.
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Originally Posted by Lone Ono View Post


Lots of folks in Hawaii take large ahi alone. The “snake charmer” is common practice for solo fishermen.
What's that ? .... hopefully I haven't been lured into a joke with a bad punch line
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Originally Posted by ed d View Post
What's that ? .... hopefully I haven't been lured into a joke with a bad punch line
I think it might be some sort of derringer? Firearm?
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I believe its a small .410. Generally with stock and longer barrel, not a small pistol.

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