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Old 09-21-2009, 00:53   #1
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.357sig for bear?

I am going deer hunting in couger and bear country and am wondering if the .357 sig would put them down. I would be using a g22 with a lone wolf 6inch barrel.
I will be using an sks-m for my deer rifle incase anyone would want to know. Its an sks that takes ak style mags and i love the thing. My grandfather bought it for $50 back in the 90s before the AWB. I will never sell this rifle it have been dead accurate and 100% reliable through about 2000 rounds of mill surp ammo. It is also a nice light rifle that slings well, melts into your frame and you hardly know its there.
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Old 09-21-2009, 01:05   #2
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A .357 will take down a bear or couger if you are quick enough to draw and shoot it in the head. I would prefer 10mm though.
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:00   #3
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Why not just use the SKS if attacked?
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Old 09-21-2009, 04:02   #4
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Why don't you try it and let us know how it goes?
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Old 09-21-2009, 04:07   #5
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I wouldnt depend on a conversion barrel in a protection weapon.
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Old 09-21-2009, 05:16   #6
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I would not use anything less than 10mm.
Would go heavier if possible.
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Old 09-21-2009, 06:41   #7
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There are much better sidearm choices vs. a bear.
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Old 09-21-2009, 06:59   #8
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I would not use anything less than 10mm.
Would go heavier if possible.
Werd. A G20 w/6" factory barrel in a hip holster sounds good to me. If you think you might be coming up against bears while you're in the woods, I'm pretty sure I would be carrying something larger than an SKS. My $0.02
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:22   #9
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I'd have to go 10mm with Double Tap beartooth loads.
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Old 01-10-2010, 18:39   #10
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.357 might take down a bear, however i would recommend a 10mm.
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Old 01-10-2010, 18:59   #11
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Good for koala bear, but there are better choices for North American bear...
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Old 01-10-2010, 19:02   #12
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I am going deer hunting in couger and bear country and am wondering if the .357 sig would put them down.
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Old 01-10-2010, 19:04   #13
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The .357sig round is more penetrating than any other auto loading pistol round. I would troust it to take down a cougar or bear.. If it keeps coming put more holes in it.



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Old 01-10-2010, 19:07   #14
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I would leave the SKS and .357sig at home and just take a Marlin in 45-70 if I was going into country with big clawed creatures.
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Old 01-10-2010, 19:16   #16
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Who would put aside their SKS and reach for a .357SIG in a (I assume) a handgun?

Not me! If I had an inkling I would see bear or boar, I would have a shotgun with 3"/magnum slugs, or at the very least, buck in it, to back up that SKS.

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Old 01-10-2010, 19:23   #17
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We have a family friend and professional hunter, Art Jones, who brought down an elephant with an N-frame S&W .357 Magnum pistol (it wasn't pretty). Does that mean that everyone should go out and buy a Smith & Wesson Model 27 for their next elephant hunt in Namibia? Nope, I'm going with a .505 Gibbs or a .577 Tyrannosaur double rifle.

Because a thing can be done doesn't mean that it should be done. I'm sure that with proper shot placement you could dispatch a bear with a .357 SIG, but when I'm going into bear country I pack either a 6 1/2 inch S&W Model 29 or more frequently, a .454 Casull Ruger Alaskan in a Simply Rugged pancake rig.
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Old 01-10-2010, 19:37   #18
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I am going deer hunting in couger and bear country and am wondering if the .357 sig would put them down.
IMO, yes. If you're a good enough shot under stress.
Would I feel comfortable in carrying it? No.
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We have a family friend and professional hunter, Art Jones, who brought down an elephant with an N-frame S&W .357 Magnum pistol (it wasn't pretty). Does that mean that everyone should go out and buy a Smith & Wesson Model 27 for their next elephant hunt in Namibia? Nope, I'm going with a .505 Gibbs or a .577 Tyrannosaur double rifle.

Because a thing can be done doesn't mean that it should be done. I'm sure that with proper shot placement you could dispatch a bear with a .357 SIG, but when I'm going into bear country I pack either a 6 1/2 inch S&W Model 29 or more frequently, a .454 Casull Ruger Alaskan in a Simply Rugged pancake rig.
Not to sidetrack the thread, but since he is a family friend and you might know, what valid reason could any professional hunter have for trying to bring down an elephant with a .357 magnum?
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Not to sidetrack the thread, but since he is a family friend and you might know, what valid reason could any professional hunter have for trying to bring down an elephant with a .357 magnum?
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