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This is a discussion on The "most likely" .357 magnum cartridge to kill a black bear within the Hunting forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Originally Posted by Southern Boy I would go Buffalo Bore Is this available at LGS or only on line? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk...


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Old July 3rd, 2016, 04:07 PM   #61
 
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I would go Buffalo Bore


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Old July 3rd, 2016, 05:04 PM   #62
 
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This is the load I have in my 4" GP100 when I could be around bears:

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Is this available at LGS or only on line?
Depends on your LGS, but it's fairly rare for small shops to have these. Most smaller shops don't carry "specialty" brands or models of ammo like the Buffalo Bore or Garrett Cartridge stuff, unless they're located in areas where it's particularly popular.

The most "local" gun shop to me - nearest - is a Cabelas. It's at the edge of town, so I have to drive past it to get to any other gun shops in town. So in my case, my "LGS" has Buffalo Bore on the shelf pretty regularly. Most of the other shops in town, especially the mom and pop type shops, do not.

You can almost universally get better pricing online, however, so as long as you play your shipping costs properly, you'll come out ahead.
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Thanks Terror. I don't have a Cabellas near but will check out the local Gander Mtn


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buffalo bore or Underwood offerings.
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What about Doubletap .357 Magnum 200 grain WFN-GC Hardcast? That might be another option.
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The Buffalo Bore 180 gr Hardcast LFN would be my choice!

Are there rounds more "adequate" for the job? Sure there are. Would I hesitate to run my GP100 if I had to? Nope. Col. Wesson didnt have too much issue with the round when he used it on large game either back when .357 mag was the most powerful handgun a man (or woman) could buy.

We have all read the articles stating so and so put 6 .357s into a black bear and it didn't kill it. My question is, what were they using for ammunition? 125 gr hollow point "man stopper" is going to perform significantly different than a hard cast 180 gr.

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I've lived in Black Bear country for several years, and most likely scenario is they pretty much leave you alone if you don't bug them. I mean it's smart to be ready if they ever would attack, but it's pretty unlikely. Biggest problem for me anyway was them trying to take down my bird feeders to get at the seed, but that's hardly worth killing a bear over. In that unlikely event a hard cast lead 180 gr. bullet is going to be your best bet. Federal makes that load. Penetration is key there so any soft lead, or hollow point is going to be basically useless.
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For years I carried 180 gr. Federal soft points. No idea if they are still a stock item.
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Now that this thread has been resurrected, I went back and re-read it. Two observations:

1. .357 magnum is not a pea-shooter caliber. It's a pretty stout round, capable of killing most things with ease.

2. The OP is talking about black bears, not brown ones. Big difference. Did I mention big difference? Generally, anything that would work good on a deer would also work fine for a black bear.
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Year old thread,, but,,,,

Thats easy,,

Any bullet you can repeatedly hit him in the head with until he is dead.

Other than that, you will probably just piss him off real good and maybe find out what getting mauled is like..

Bears are pretty tough and just dont fall over dead on command.

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Alaska Backpacker 200 grain hard cast lead.

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180 grain hardcast and as fast as you can manage it.

Be warned, even a fatally shot bear can go Tasmanian Devil on you for 20-30 seconds. I am sure some of the other hunters here have seen it.
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I would agree with Buffalo Bore, but seriously Black Bears are rarely big enough of a threat where it warrants shooting them for s&g's. I mean maybe they're a threat for bird feeders or food you leave outside on a picnic table, but honestly I've seen cats scare them away... But to each his own I guess.
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start reloading
if you shoot long enough, you'll start reloading sooner or later
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