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.357sig for bear?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by scotch208, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. scotch208

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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. 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. :supergrin:
     
  2. nedfolks

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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.
     


  3. Old Toryu

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    Why don't you try it and let us know how it goes? :whistling:
     
  4. troy96

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    I wouldnt depend on a conversion barrel in a protection weapon.
     
  5. G33

    G33 Frisky! Millennium Member CLM

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    I would not use anything less than 10mm.
    Would go heavier if possible.
    :supergrin:
     
  6. There are much better sidearm choices vs. a bear.
     
  7. gsarg

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    OK
    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
     
  8. herose

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    I'd have to go 10mm with Double Tap beartooth loads.
     
  9. RonaldG29

    RonaldG29 Noah's Hero

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    .357 might take down a bear, however i would recommend a 10mm.
     
  10. DocwithGlock

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    Good for koala bear, but there are better choices for North American bear...
     
  11. napp32

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    Eventually. :supergrin:
     
  12. 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.



    Alex
     
  13. BhamGlock

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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.
     
  14. Gallium

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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.

    'Drew
     
  15. GVFlyer

    GVFlyer Senior Member

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    Somewhere in the air.
    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.
     
  16. jack the toad.

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    IMO, yes. If you're a good enough shot under stress.
    Would I feel comfortable in carrying it? No.
     
  17. BhamGlock

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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?
     
  18. :popcorn: