Originally Posted by trooper357
So you are saying a .357mag will stop a bear better than a .45acp? Even though the .45 is a much larger bullet? (disregarding hit location)
For big hogs, big cats, and small bear I carry 180 gr. Hornady XTP or Cor-Bon's 180 gr. Bonded Core Soft Points loaded to ~ 1300 fps out of a Ruger Blackhawk 6-1/2" Bbl. .357 Mag...
(but it doesn't fit in my tackle-box.)
A heavy, high SD .357 will burrow in deep on big, tough critters. So will a 180 gr. TMJ .40 S&W or 10 mm.