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    Default What's a good 357 Mag round?

    I live in PA and occasionally run into black bears. I know it is recommended to have a 44 mag or larger for bear defense, but at the moment that is not an option. I have a 357 Mag and I would like to know what a good self defense round would be against bears?

    Thanks, Isaac

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    Default Re: What's a good 357 Mag round?

    I never tried these but could be an option... https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...t_detail&p=100
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    Default Re: What's a good 357 Mag round?

    https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...t_detail&p=100

    I wouldn't recomend shooting too many of these out of a junker.

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    Default Re: What's a good 357 Mag round?

    A heavy weight hard cast bullet such as:
    https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...t_detail&p=100

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    Default Re: What's a good 357 Mag round?

    I should have mentioned that the revolver is a rather cheap one made by Charter Arms, so that being said, would I be able to use those Buffalobore ones?

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    Default Re: What's a good 357 Mag round?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbs4421 View Post
    I should have mentioned that the revolver is a rather cheap one made by Charter Arms, so that being said, would I be able to use those Buffalobore ones?
    Did you read the link ?

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    Default Re: What's a good 357 Mag round?

    Quote Originally Posted by DukeConnor View Post
    Did you read the link ?
    I did read the link, but I figured this forum would offer a less biased opinion that the company who is selling the product.

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    Default Re: What's a good 357 Mag round?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbs4421 View Post
    I did read the link, but I figured this forum would offer a less biased opinion that the company who is selling the product.

    I wasn't trying to be a dick. BB says you can shoot them out of any modern revolver. I never shot them out of a charter arms. I have owned a few charter arms snub nose revolvers and they were good revolvers. I carry these in a N frame Model 27. I think if the choice is to fire one out of a charter arms or get mauled by a bear I would pull the trigger.

    In a bear attack you will be luky to get one shot off.

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    Default Re: What's a good 357 Mag round?

    Quote Originally Posted by DukeConnor View Post
    I wasn't trying to be a dick. BB says you can shoot them out of any modern revolver. I never shot them out of a charter arms. I have owned a few charter arms snub nose revolvers and they were good revolvers. I carry these in a N frame Model 27. I think if the choice is to fire one out of a charter arms or get mauled by a bear I would pull the trigger.

    In a bear attack you will be luky to get one shot off.
    I have a 357 Charter Arms Bulldog with 6" barrel. It's one of the Stratford line produced in the late 70's. Ive shot a number of different loads from it from 110 up to 158 grain. So far so good. A few loads had claimed factory spec velocities nearing 1500fps. I

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    Default Re: What's a good 357 Mag round?

    Seven reported black bear attacks since 2010.

    If I were concerned about a black bear attack, I'd figure out how to get up into the .44 and larger calibers.

    Buffalo Bore rounds are pretty stout, probably best served from a Ruger or Smith.
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