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CA357 12-10-2012 01:13 AM

Buffalo Bore or Corbon Hardcast .357 Mag For Bear
 
I'd rather have a .44 Magnum, but a .357 Magnum is what I have. I'd like your opinion on which of these two choices would work best for bear and a woods load in general. However, bear is my biggest concern.

Please tell me why you picked what you picked. Thanks.

These seem to be my best and possibly only choices for factory ammunition:

1. Corbon 200gr. Hardcast
Barrel length: 6"
Velocity: 1150 FPS
Energy: 587ft/lbs.

2. Buffalo Bore 180gr. Hardcast
Barrel length 5"
Velocity: 1398 FPC
Energy: not stated

Heavier and slower or lighter and faster?

I'll be carrying these as my woods load in a 6" Ruger Security Six.

astroman 12-10-2012 01:17 AM

I would think heavier and slower. Doesn't that equate to more punch and therefore more damage?

CA357 12-10-2012 01:18 AM

I think so, but I'm not sure.

astroman 12-10-2012 01:22 AM

I'm sure orangello will approve of any bullet that takes down a bear...he loves them :-)

nitestalker 12-10-2012 01:31 AM

People who shoot bears with a .357 end up as little piles of brown on moss covered rocks. The rule for handguns and any big game is .40- 200 -1,000 minimum. That is a .40 caliber firing a 200 gr. bullet at 1,000 fps as a minimum load. ;)

CA357 12-10-2012 01:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nitestalker (Post 1046015)
People who shoot bears with a .357 end up as little piles of brown on moss covered rocks. The rule for handguns and any big game is .40- 200 -1,000 minimum. That is a .40 caliber firing a 200 gr. bullet at 1,000 fps as a minimum load. ;)

Dammit! I'm trying to avoid selling the .357 to buy a .44, but I may have to.

astroman 12-10-2012 01:38 AM

Are we talking 800 lb grizzly or 300 lb black bear? Also is this self defense or hunting?

CA357 12-10-2012 01:46 AM

Black bears, but they can be large. No grizzly's here since the 1930's.

nitestalker 12-10-2012 01:49 AM

A bear that is Pi$$ Off does not know what color he is? Always prepare for the largest attack and be thankful when it is a small one. :)

willfully armed 12-10-2012 01:54 AM

The Buffalo bore is 783#.

No question.


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