Found My .357 Magnum Woods Ammo

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by CA357, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. CA357

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  2. Zacsquatch

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    Hope they are small bears.. haha... I know folks who carry .357's up here for grizz... true, shot placement is key and even a .45 will work if you aim, but in a blind fury charge.. I want a .44 at least.
     

  3. gadrooning

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    buffalo bore hardcast rounds are good as well.
     
  4. CA357

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    I couldn't find .357mag hard cast in Buffalo Bore or I would have bought it.

    California black bears aren't exactly tiny, although they are smaller than some other species. However, since I don't own a .44 at the present time, my .357 will have to do. Shooting at a bear is the last resort since I plan on giving any bear a wide berth or running like hell. :eek:

    Then again, I may have a .44 by the time the first camping trip rolls around. Anybody got one they want to sell cheap? ;)
     
  5. Viking

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    Zacsquatch puts forth wisdom. I have a friend that hunts black bear here in Southern Oregon and he told me of a hunting experience with a friend that shot a bear in a tree with 44 mag, in fact unloaded all six rounds while the pissed bear was coming down the tree. As the bear came to the bottom of the tree he was fumbling with the speed loader finally getting it reloaded and while firing the fatal rounds my friend said there was steam coming from the bear where the rounds were entering. I suspect that his friend came the closest to soiling his britches since his being a kid in diapers.
    The truth is, whatever you take, .357 or .44, just remember bear have very thick skulls so shot placement is extremely important.
     
  6. doctherock

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    neck, lungs, chest, never in the head, it is so hard that typically the rounds glance off. Have a buddy that hunts bear here in oregon and you have to hit somewhere other than the head or become bear scat
     
  7. CA357

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    And to think that I used to just carry a .22 revolver. Of course, I could run faster in those days. ;)
     
  8. spittinfire

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    I think you'll be well armed with that ammo. I would feel comfortable carrying it in bear country here in NC.
     
  9. gadrooning

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    see link for ammo
    Heavy .357 Magnum Pistol & Handgun Ammunition
     
  10. CA357

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    Thanks for the link. I bookmarked it. For some reason, I couldn't find .357 in the Buffalo Bore. Weird. :eek:
     
  11. diggsbakes

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    Same here. I'd carried a single six with magnum loads for years in the Southern Rockies, then I began hearing stories like the one posted above and bought larger bore revolvers for the mountains. I think shot placement goes out the window when encountering a wild dangerous animal for the first time. The ones that really scare me now that I have little ones are mountain lions. Last summer a woman was walking along a trail west of Colorado Springs with her young boy (2-4yrs old don't remember) and a mountain lion scooped her little boy up in the blink of an eye and took him off into the woods. So sad. :( They are known to stalk humans (especially the young) and are fast as lightning. Colorado is open carry and I've considered carrying a rifle as opposed to just having one in the truck, especially now that I take the kids out.
     
  12. gadrooning

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    I use to carry a 357 mag for a woods carry gun and I still think it will do the job. But even a 44 mag will not do the job if shot placement is not right. 357 will do. However since I do luv me some guns. I carry a converted 1911 with a 460 rowland. This will shoot a 45 cal almost twice the speed of a reg 45 acp. Mine shoots around 1400 fps. just under the velocity of a 44mag, but close enough. Plus it is much slimmer than a revolver so it is easier to pack. :)
     
  13. Grayowl

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    On a trip to Yellowstone, I noticed that they had little brass bells in the gift shop that you could sew onto your pack that would tingle and hopefully alert the bear so he could get out of the way before you got close and they had pepper spray in case he didn't. The next day on a guided hike, we came across some bear scat in the path and the ranger asked if anyone knew what kind of bear had left it. No one knew. He took a stick and broke up the scat and said since it as purple in color, it would have been from a black bear. He said that if was grizzle bear scat, it would have been full of little brass bells and smelled like pepper spray.
     
  14. Viking

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    Grayowl that was great, I can just see animal lovers that feel bears are just misunderstood, about filling their shorts. A black bear might try to avoid the bells or may be diverted by pepper spray (unless it's a sow with cubs), but for a grizzly it would be a dinner bell and the pepper spray would be like steak sauce. About the only defense, without an adequate weapon, for an encounter with an adult grizzly is to climb a tree as they have straight claws, but it better be a very stout tree because they can rip up some rather large ones. A black bear on the other hand can climb a tree just about as fast as they can run and they can run up to 35 mph, so it won't work to run away. The only good thing is that black bear (don't know about grizzlies) don't have very good eyesite, on the other hand they have good ears and a good nose. By the way was the ranger carrying an adequate firearm? So in the end it's a lot like Dirty Harrys' question, "Do you think your lucky punk?"