I think i'm going to go to a .44 mag ammo question thread and say how foolish it is to use a .44 mag for protection when the .500 S&W exists! A .357 with 180 gr buffalo bore ammo has A LOT of power. Enough for black bear and anything smaller. I was once charged by a bear in my back yard and all I had was my .357 with 180 gr BB and I fired off a shot at his feet. The flame it threw and the sound alone turned him tail and he ran off. Animals aren't invincible. I wouldn't take a .357 to Africa or Alaska but a guy that can get off 3 or 4 solid shots with a .357 is a lot more effective than a guy who can only place one .44 round because of muzzle rise.
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