The buffalo bore sounds like a grand prize winner.
This is a discussion on What .357 magnum rounds for bear. within the Pistols and Revolvers forums, part of the HandGuns, Pistols and Revolvers, Long Rifles, Shotguns, SKS, AK, AR category; I have a Smith & Wesson. 357 magnum that I will take when I go hiking. 686 pro series with 4 inch barrell. Black bears ...
I have a Smith & Wesson. 357 magnum that I will take when I go hiking. 686 pro series with 4 inch barrell. Black bears only in my area. What rounds do yall think would be best for bear should I unfortunately get near an aggressive mama bear? I was thinking about ordering the buffalo bore 180 grain hard tip.
You can use that which is expensive or 158 GR. JHP.
We have black bears around here, I carry a 4' S&W 629 loaded with Black Talon if needed.
Today that would be Winchester SXT ammo.
Best to just avoid them.
A heavy solid jacketed can be used also, you don't want just lead, not enough velocity unless you load.
Then use bullets made from lineotype, 158 grain Keith semi wadcutter.
They won't lead up the bore too quick.
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I'm a 357 magnum aficionado, have snubby, a DA 4", a SA 4 & 3/4" and a SA 6 & 1/2".
Next to the 45 Colt, my most favorite round.
The snub is one of my daily carries, my favorite actually.
But if I could have a chance encounter with a black bear, I'd rather have a can of bear spray.
Or a 12 ga pump loaded with 1 ounce slugs.
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I've reloaded just about every .357 Magnum combination they ever made. Then I gave up and bought an SW 624.
Frankly after seeing the damage the .357 magnum didn't do, I sold my Python and a 2.5 inch SW 66. Yeah, yeah, I know the history of the round, it was big stuff in 1935. But Elmer Keith was experimenting with .44 SPL cases even during WWII. To that, I bought a SW 624 to try and revisit how the magnum round was first invented. Turns out I liked the .44 SPL better!
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