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    My preferred bear load in .357 is the HSM. https://hsmammunition.com/bear-load/
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostHorse View Post
    My preferred bear load in .357 is the HSM. https://hsmammunition.com/bear-load/
    I'm sure it's good ammo, but their .41 Mag load looks more like a "medium" load. With a 265 gr. WFN hard-cast, the competition is loading them to 1350 FPS. I would definitely make some comparisons with Buffalo Bore.

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    The Best .357 load for anything is the Max.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 57K View Post
    I'm sure it's good ammo, but their .41 Mag load looks more like a "medium" load. With a 265 gr. WFN hard-cast, the competition is loading them to 1350 FPS. I would definitely make some comparisons with Buffalo Bore.
    If I had a .41 Mag...

    I also like HSM because I don't believe they push the pressure limits.
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    Getting back to the original question, #2 will probably work very well and 180 grains should provide adequate penetration.

    That said, while handguns are more convenient, one is better off carrying either a good Rifle or 12 gauge Shotgun loaded with Slugs.

    Also, that said, I converted one of my .45 ACP Witnesses to .45 Super and found that energy level to be quite adequate for carry in Bear Country, should it ever have been needed, and it wasn't.
    To be more specific, that .45 Super loading runs a Remington 185 grain JHP exiting the Witness barrel at 1250 fps.
    With 10 rounds in the Magazine, plus two spare magazines on my belt, I feared no predator, two or four legged.

    Also note, be sure where you are hiking, that carry of a firearm is legal. Park Rangers and Game Wardens can be grabby when it comes to Guns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NativeTexan View Post
    Well, there's always the 600 nitro express....

    Wonder is someone makes appendix holster for this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sawfish View Post
    Wonder is someone makes appendix holster for this?
    No holster they use a trailer.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by PreacherRodgers View Post
    I prefer as heavy a bullet as is reasonable for predator defense. 200 grains at 1300 fps is a good dose of prevention.
    Agreed, go with the heavy bullet...
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