Originally Posted by rromeo
After rethinking what you're using this for, .357 is marginal for either black bears or mountain lions, but I'd rather have a bigger bullet. A 180 gr would even be better, and not a hollowpoint. Bears aren't built like people, they have thick skin and you need a bullet that penetrates. Hardcast or jacketed soft point.
Look at Buffalo Bore.
Yes, I was thinking the same thing but read the velocity and recoil of the higher gr makes it more difficult to get shots off in case you don't knock him down. But I agree that hardcast broad front meplat would be better for a bear. I didn't realize the Remington Gold Saber was a hollow point.