Which of these two .357 Magnum rounds would be best for defense against a black bear?
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    Which of these two .357 Magnum rounds would be best for defense against a black bear?

    Hi All,

    New Guy here. I've many other firearms but just bought my first revolver. It's a Taurus Tracker with a 4" barrel. The main reason I bought it is for predator defense while camping with my wife. I'm not sure which of the two types of ammo would be best for defense against a black bear and thought who better to ask then those who know. Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Here's the nitty gritty.

    #1 DOUBLE TAP DT HUNTER - 200 grain
    Manufacturer Number: 357M200H20
    Caliber: 357 Magnum
    Bullet Type: Hardcast Wide Flat Nosed Gas Checked Projectile
    Bullet Weight: 200 Grains
    Muzzle Velocity: 1315 fps
    Muzzle Energy: 640 ft/lbs
    Nickel Brass Cased

    #2 DOUBLE TAP DT HUNTER - 180 grain
    Manufacturer Number: 357M180HC
    Caliber: .357 Magnum
    Bullet Type: Hardcast Lead Flat Nose (FN) with gas check
    Bullet Weight: 180 Grains
    Rounds: 20 Rounds per Box
    Muzzle Velocity: 1420 fps-6" Barrel
    Bullet Diameter: .358
    Muzzle Energy: 806 ft/lbs
    Bullet Material: Lead
    Casing: Brass
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    I prefer as heavy a bullet as is reasonable for predator defense. 200 grains at 1300 fps is a good dose of prevention.
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    I think either would be fine, might want to see if you can shoot one better than the other

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    Either would be fine. I would think that when used as self defense against a bear you would keep shooting till it stopped moving. I would see which round you can keep on target while rapid shooting.

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    They are close in bullet weight, but my choice would be the heavier bullet.
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    Find a round made with the 180 gr. XTP loaded as fast as can be proven. Non expanding hard cast lead bullets work in the penetration tests and all, just remember that some expansion is better than no expansion!
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    Whatever you get, learn bear anatomy so your know the best places to shoot them. If a bear is running after you, it is not exposing its center of mass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyknaster View Post
    Whatever you get, learn bear anatomy so your know the best places to shoot them. If a bear is running after you, it is not exposing its center of mass.
    Also remember that the skull of a bear is thick and hard to penetrate, so a head shot is not as effective as a C.O.M. shot would be.
    Again, knowing the anatomy of your intended target is very handy knowledge to have.

    As to bullets, either of those factory loads will do. BUT, if you reload, 57k is right about the 180 grain XTP pushed as fast as possible.
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    I can't help you with your question.
    Just wanted to say: Welcome aboard, from Las Vegas!
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