Many years ago when I first started shooting, 357's were considered adequate, barely, for black bear. These days folks seem to think 44 mag as adequate, barely, and larger prefered. Whada u guys think?
I agree. I would not have a problem relying on heavy 357 Magnum loads for small bear defense purposes. Buffalo Bore makes some good loads, or you can "roll your own", as I do.When I go out hiking, I worry about mountain lions a LOT more than bears, and people a lot more than lions, and dogs a lot more than people. Most of all, I should worry about sunscreen, though, since I'm much more likely to die of skin cancer than an attack by any of these things.
So, yeah, I feel perfectly adequately protected from black bear with a .357. I load Buffalo Bore 158-gr JHCs (why mess around?), and don't worry about it.
I agree. Most of the black bears I've seen in Virginia while camping and hiking didn't want a whole lot to do with humans. The ones I run into are shy, retiring and will leave the scene unless provoked into a attack."You're probably right, but I'm a lot more worried about getting hit by space junk than about being hunted by a black bear. "
I'd agree with you Chet. In 35 years of squirrel hunting I have never seen a black bear in the woods. Bears and squirrels both like acorns... Never seen any "space junk" either.Well certainly you're correct Erich.....likely a black bear knows your commin' miles before you arrive, and He's moved out of the area by the time you get there. As for gettin' hit by space junk......the old Soviet stuff don't hurt as much...... as it was fashioned from softer pot metal.