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#203558 - 11/19/19 12:21 AM Black bear with .357 Mag
DarkTimber
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Now I am NOT trying to start an argument, but...

I know it is on the light side, but I was wondering if any of you have taken black bear with a .357 Mag.

If so, what were the particulars (load, shot distance, distance traveled after the shot, hunt type, etc.)?

Thanks in advance!

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#203560 - 11/19/19 07:59 AM Re: Black bear with .357 Mag [Re: DarkTimber]
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I never have, but a friend of mine did that I loaded for. S&W 6", 40 yds., 158 gr. XTP, 16.2 gr. WW296. Dropped at shot with a neck shot that broke the spine. He was lucky to get that hit, but he is a super excellent shot.
It was a fast reaction shot that he didn't have time to access his primary single shot handgun.
Definitely not something I'd recommend. Bears are not bullet proof, but their muscles and bones are legendary for sucking up little bullets with poor results.

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#203562 - 11/19/19 08:08 AM Re: Black bear with .357 Mag [Re: wvhitman]
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A bear comes in all sizes. A work buddy just killed a black bear by bow in wva that weighed 78lbs soaking wet. So, im sure a lot of things are to be considered.
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#203564 - 11/19/19 10:06 AM Re: Black bear with .357 Mag [Re: KYODE]
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Wouldn't be my first choice - nor second for that matter. You never know what sized bear you may encounter...
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#203574 - 11/19/19 01:17 PM Re: Black bear with .357 Mag [Re: Whitworth]
Hank jr.
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I had a pretty nasty 250 pound fall sow that was killed in my yard by an employee with my 357 158 xtp from a 4? 686. It killed it pretty fast.


Edited by Hank jr. (11/19/19 01:19 PM)
Edit Reason: Poor dpelling

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#203576 - 11/19/19 01:45 PM Re: Black bear with .357 Mag [Re: Hank jr.]
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Personally, I would steer clear of any small calibers when it comes to bear. Just because someone has done it with the 357, doesn't necessarily make it a good choice. Also, bullet choice is just as important as caliber.

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#203577 - 11/19/19 01:49 PM Re: Black bear with .357 Mag [Re: wheelguns]
Whitworth
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This bear was killed last year by my friends and hunting partners in North Carolina. You never know what you will encounter, but I wouldn't want a .357 to use on this brute.

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#203592 - 11/19/19 10:18 PM Re: Black bear with .357 Mag [Re: Whitworth]
DarkTimber
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Thanks for the input.

I'm familiar with bears and bear hunting. And have killed a couple with my bow.

Was thinking I might use a handgun this spring.

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#203609 - 11/20/19 01:48 PM Re: Black bear with .357 Mag [Re: DarkTimber]
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Some of those North Carolina bears are bigger than Grizzlies! Actually some of the guys are!!

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#203622 - 11/20/19 08:45 PM Re: Black bear with .357 Mag [Re: sixshot]
DarkTimber
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Hahaha! Got'cha Dick.

Don't want to run into either in an alder thicket right about dark.

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