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Old 06-04-2019, 03:06 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Albert.Cairns View Post
The loading data says their right around 800 to 900 fps. With the 3.5 to 4.0 grains. I know their only 38 but they recoil light and penetrate deep. No need for more velocity as your not expanding a hollow point. They penetrate all the way through a hog so a clawed critter shouldn't be much of a match for them.
No offense here, but in my opinion, if you shoot a bear with a 148 gr. lead wadcutter you better have a friend behind you with a very large rifle.
Again, in my opinion, a .357 FACTORY LOAD such as the Buffalo Bore you mentioned would be the absolute minimum I would consider. Preferably a large capacity 10mm or 44 mag. revolver being one step better.
If you insist on the .357 I would go with the three inch just for better second shot placement. I would also practice my running skills if it happens to be a large bear.
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Old 06-04-2019, 03:19 PM   #32
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We ainít talking Grizzly here we are talking Black Bear huge difference. Black bear isnít going to go all out if hit, itís going the other way in a hurry. Grizzly is gonna eat you while he bleeds. For cougars and black bear a wadcutter is plenty.

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