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View Poll Results: What"s my best choice for .357 Magnum Bear Ammo?
Corbon 200gr. Hardcast Vel: 1150 FPS, Energy: 587 Ft/Lbs 3 37.50%
Buffalo Bore 180gr. Hardcast Velocity: 1400 FPS. 5 62.50%
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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.

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

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I think so, but I'm not sure.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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The Buffalo bore is 783#.

No question.

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