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#203976 - 12/02/19 04:49 PM Re: Black bear with .357 Mag [Re: DarkTimber]
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Nope, not my first second or third choice. You'll hear stories of them being killed with everything including a 22. I've taken several and seen tons more hit the dirt with about any caliber you can think of in handgun and rifle. 41mag would be my minimum in handgun and 30/30 in rifle.
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#203991 - 12/03/19 03:58 PM Re: Black bear with .357 Mag [Re: sixshot]
500WE
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 Originally Posted By: sixshot
Some of those North Carolina bears are bigger than Grizzlies! Actually some of the guys are!!

Dick


Well, we do believe in eatin', Dick!
I have seen a couple guys carrying or using .357's, but my bear revolver is a .475 Linebaugh, if that tells you anything ... and I'm not changing.

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#203997 - 12/04/19 12:59 AM Re: Black bear with .357 Mag [Re: 500WE]
DarkTimber
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While I must admit, I have lusted in my heart after a .454 or .475 BFR or FA, alas I do not have one.

You fellows have convinced me to step up in caliber tho. I appreciate the advice.

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#204002 - 12/04/19 06:24 PM Re: Black bear with .357 Mag [Re: DarkTimber]
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While I would not feel un gunned with a .357 it would never be my first choice for any big game animal. My straight wall cases for hunting start at .41mag .44 special and mag , .45 Colt and .480, Just choose a cartridge that you can shoot well, and shoot it often . The recoil from the 480 gets nasty above 355 gr bullets and the 454 is down right nasty for my old hands when ran hard with about any bullet. I have much respect for the people that shoot them well, but they are not for everyone ,and not for me. Good luck with what ever you choose just don't over gun yourself, but work up to it. Ego has no place in the hunting fields, confidence ability and skill does.
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