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What"s my best choice for .357 Magnum Bear Ammo?

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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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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.:eek:
 

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CA357 sounds like you are making some good choices. I live with the Black and the Brown Bears. My first gun is always the Mdl. 97 12 Ga. Winchester with a 20 " barrel. I cast my slugs with the LEE Slug Mold 1 1/4 Oz. from 50/50 WW to Linotype. This slug uses the standard plastic shotcup wad used for shot loads. There is no need for expensive Sabots. These slugs loaded with a charge of HS-6 are very accurate. This allows you to practise all you want with your slugs the price is very low per shot. I also use the Lee Buck shot mold with the same alloy. These shells are loaded Buck Shot and Slug every other one.
The problem is you just don't have the shotgun in hand 24-7. The handgun in Bear Country should be a constant companion. I carry the LAR Grizzly .45 Winchester Magnum in the LAR cross chest holster rig. A friend was taken out by a big sow grizz a few years back. He survived because his pard put a handful of .270s in the old girl. He never goes out now without 2 handguns. One on his chest and one on the pack frame.
Good Luck:)
 

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Robo the Llama is also used to chase dogs and coyotes. Many of the big sheep ranches have used the Llamas to discourage sheep kills. Sheep kills in the Northern Rocky Mtns. run about 11,000 head per state per year from coyotes. The average cost per head this year runs about $132. The cost per coyote killed from aircraft is $193 dollars per coyote. Llamas are chase animals but rarely catch or kill dogs or coyotes.
The rise in the wolf population is changing the game. The wolves can and do kill livestock and guard animals of all kinds. The wolve and the Lion are big serious killers. We had a young healthy man killed south of my place 2 years ago by a Lion. This is a mature wolf killed this winter.
 

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