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Old 03-22-2011, 02:28 AM   #21
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This might add a little clarity. Ballistic Coefficient is related to how well a bullet travels in flight, but it also can tell you how much energy is transferred.

.357 Mag; 158 grain bullet travels at about 1200-1250 FPS and generates a B.C. of about .206
.357 Mag; 180 grain bullet travels at about 1100-1180 FPS and generates a B.C. of about .230

.40 S&W; 155 grain bullet travels at about 1100-1180 FPS, but it only generates a B.C. of about .137

.40 S&W; 180 grain bullet travels at about 850-950 FPS; but it only generates a B.C. of about .164

The B.C. of the .40 is about 2/3rds of the .357 with a comparable weight bullet.

By Contrast:

.44 Magnum: 240 grain bullet. About 1100-1145 FPS. Generates a .205 B.C.
.44 Magnum: 300 grain bullet. About 1100-1150 FPS. Generates a .245 B.C.

.308 – Everybody’s favorite rifle round. 168 grain travels at about 2700fps. Has a B.C. of .410

HUGE difference kids. HUGE.
Nice info...do you have those for 9mm and .45 as well?
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:02 AM   #22
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personally i carry a 40 S&W on my hip when hiking/hunting. and... a 500 S&W mag in the shoulder holster. If im going to be in grizzly/black bear country id like to see that bear that is charging me tumble backwards when my bullet hits it.

left to right- 9mm, 40 s&w, 357 mag, 44 mag, 500 S&W mag!!

bigger is always better. specially when your life is at stake.

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OMg are you hunting in the NY woods black bears aint that big. So i suggest to take a 44mag revolver or for challenge .357 revolver with a scope 1-4

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Nice info...do you have those for 9mm and .45 as well?
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Yes.

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9mm Luger: 124 grains. 1000-1100FPS. B.C. of about .144
9mm Luger: 147 grains. 950-1000FPS. B.C. of about .210

.45 ACP: 185 grains. 950-1000FPS. B.C. of about .110
.45 ACP: 230 grains. 800-850FPS. B.C. of about .199

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If I understand this correctly, we are to come up with a handgun choice powerful enough for bear for someone who won't shoot them due to recoil? Is that about the size of things?

Bear spray.

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Bear spray.
i second that. bears like spicy food too.
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I don't feel naked and helpless with a 10mm. My .357 felt pretty small when facing a POed moose at 20'. (I retreated and got a rifle.) Pop out your 10mm chart JD. 200 gr at 1200?

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10mm: 180 grain, 1150-1200FPS. B.C. of roughly .165
10mm: 200 grain, 1100-1150FPS. B.C. of roughly .197

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guys if you want to get a bear shot and dead with a handgun just use the 500 wes most powerfull handgunn in the world 200grain bullets flat point

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