Bear Load

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by HKSlinger, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger New Member

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    I got to thinking after reading another post about the .38 on four legged critters. What would be your preferred .357 load in bear country? I know,a .44mag.. But, this is a suppose you only had a .357. What would you stoke it with?
     
  2. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    You want penetration with bear loads. I'd recommend a hardcast SWC of at least 158 gr and preferably heavier in a "fullhouse" load.
     

  3. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger New Member

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    I was kinda thinking along the same lines. Only a Jacketed soft point in 158,or is that close to the same thing?
     
  4. stalkingbear

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    It's not quite the same. A JSP will still expand and upset to some degree whereas a hard cast SWC won't. You'll get more reliable penetration with the SWC.
     
  5. cpttango30

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    I want the heaviest bullet going as fast as I can safely push it. Who cares about leading the barrel if your bear poop your not going to be worried about it anyways.
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Biggest, heaviest, hardest thing I can push out of the barrel. Buffalo Bore makes some .357s that make my 185 gr handloads look like midrange wadcutters.

    Or, just take a Ruger Mk III and a friend. In the event of a bear attack, draw the Ruger, and kneecap your friend. :D
     
  7. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger New Member

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    How many "friends" have ya been through so far?:)
     
  8. HKSlinger

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    orangello New Member

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    I wish you luck in reducing their evil numbers. Are you sure you wouldn't like to add some challenge to your hiking by carrying a nice 12 guage pump with some slugs? :)
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    It gives a 6" GP100 a touch of muzzle flip. It's a monster round for penetration.
     
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  11. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger New Member

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    A "touch". I'll bet.:rolleyes:
     
  12. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    No, really it's not bad. It's just kind of loud.
     
  13. freefall

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    My bear load is a 300 gr hard lead swc over 21 gr of WW296. In a .44 mag. If I carry a .357 (when I discount the possibility of bears) I carry the stoutest 158 gr JSP loads I can find.
     
  14. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    158 gr would be a little light for my liking. 180 gr would be better. SWC or an LBT WFN cast bullet would be my choice.

    I would try EXTRA hard to avoid bears if all I had was a .357.

    There is no such thing as "+P" in .357 Magnum. +P applies to non-Magnum cartridges to give them more oomph.
     
  15. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger New Member

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    Okay, so I guess +p kinda makes it a magnum.
     
  16. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    +P is an attempt at making a non-Magnum into a Magnum. Kind of like tubo charging a V-6 to make it as powerful as a V-8.
     
  17. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    If I carry a .357 in Bear country I have an AK or SG in the truck, so with any luck I would buy some time with the .357, which is loaded w/ Buffalo Bore 180 gr hard cast or Cor-Bon 180 or 200 gr hard cast.

    Of course a 2 legged switch is loaded in a speed-loader (or 3) w/ 95 grain HP.

    Just remember, never shoot for the head, you're wasting ammo and more importantly. . . time.
     
  18. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger New Member

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    So, a head shot with any of the rounds mentioned is a meaningless wast of time? Are bears really that tough? Even black ones?:(
     
  19. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    ROFLMAO :D

    I nearly woke my wife up.
     
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