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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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Old 12-10-2012, 01:57 AM   #11
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Oh yeah, we have cougars too.

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PPL say you can use a .357 Mag in a pinch for bear if its not a grizzly.
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a really hot .357 can have as much energy as a low end 44 Mag.
The low end 44 mag are 700 lb ft and up.
a hotter .357 can easily to 700 even w/o sponeding lots of money.

The caliber only matters in the sense that the avg range of loads usually sold in it.

There are plenty of .41 loads that put less energy on target than a hot .357 load.

My GP100's have handled .357 east european factory loads that have as much energy as the avg .41 or a low end .44 Mag.

Compare the below:

This .357 Load shoots 688 ftlb! 158 gr at 1400 fps (!) , yes thats the 158 gr flying at the speed the 125 gr .357s usually do.(!)
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/61892

This .41 Mag shoots a bit less energy that the .357 above, its 210 gr at 1200 fps so .41 Mag would not an upgrade with this basic ammo
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/AMM-491

This 44 Mag is less than 10 % more energy than the high end .357 I linked above:
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/7-AR44MG3


Did I cherry pick a little bit?
Yes, but I hope it illustrated ,my point.

On this note I run GP100's generally considered the strongest frame and top strap .357 revolver currently sold in quantity.

Others may not have the freedom to run such hot loads of .357 thru their revolvers..but for a self defense role I think its ok since your not contantly shooting.

For a hunting role a 44 Mag would be better but even w/ 44 Mag I would examine the loads because whats the point of buying a 44 mag and then running a load thats basically the same energy on target as a hot .357?

PS: I voted Buffalo bore.. its more than one sixth faster, but only 5 % lighter than your other choice. So it will have more energy on target .

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It's a 6" Ruger Security Six and it should handle any loads the GP100 can.

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It's a 6" Ruger Security Six and it should handle any loads the GP100 can.
I own both.
The GP100 is stronger (it's based on a .41 Mag frame) BUT the Security Six are not known for problems.

I would also feel fairly safe shooting very hot .357 Mag loads in my Security Six
But if I were to shoot them a LOT, I would prefer a GP100.

PS : Now you made me curious I gotta buy myself these super hot loads you listed your choice of loads definetly put more energy on target than most 44 Mags loads do.
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I love Buffalo Bore. Best ammo imo.

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I can always tell shooters who rely on loading manuals and those that use firearms. This is not about debating this is about surviving a bear attack. The larger diameter of the bullet cuts a larger wound channel causing more tissue damage. The .44 Mag. or a heavy juiced .45 Colt slaming 240 grs. or up to 300 grs bullets is a good choice. It is most important to carry the arm in a strong leather rig with the holstered gun high and near center of the chest. A gun lashed on the side like Matt Dillion style will be useless. The handgun is the last resort you will likely lose your rifle in the first hit. You will need a rig that can stand the pounding you are going to get. The handgun needs to be where you can get to it in a clinch. Your shooting if you are still alive will be point blank.

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We live on almost four acres in the woods surrounded by more woods. We're not completely isolated, just really, really private. I wasn't planning on carrying a long arm when I take a walk. Otherwise, it's hunting, not hiking.

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Well it could be the bears you deal with in Kansas City are much smaller than the ones here in the Rocky Mtns. I have only seen KCMO from 30,000 feet so I can not say what your bears are like.

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I shot a 3/8" spinning target that I have shot 100's of times with 158 gr JSP ammo once with a 200 grain cast bullet. After that shot I was hauling my target up to the shop to weld up the hole in it. I wouldn't want to take on any animal that will try to turn me into a bloody pulp with any handgun.

We all have watched those TV shows were Mr Super Hunter has killed a large bear or moose with a handgun or bow. There is a guide just out of camera range with an adequate rifle. Don't go out alone to piss in any bear's cornflakes with just a handgun. Make sure you have a back up shooter with a rifle.

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