Originally Posted by ATH
Ever shoot a grizzly with a .357 Magnum?
No I haven't, nor would I recommend that anyone else try it. Can it be done, yes it can. Is it a good choice, not in my opinion.
I've killed several grizzlies and been around even more that were killed. I've had to chase wounded grizzlies into alders that were wounded by people who shouldn't have shot the bears with the rifles that they were using and I've never been around anyone that shot a bear with something as inadequate as a .357 Magnum.
When I'm hunting bears or in an area where bear encounters are likely to occur at close range I've got a Model 700 .375 H&H. If I'm packing meat or doing anything where I don't have a rifle with me I carry the aforementioned ,454 that I do shoot frequently and I'm usually not alone in those situations.
The probability of being charged by a bear is very low, hunters, because of the nature of what we do and how we go about it increase the probability. If you are charged by a griz there is a fairly high probability that it will be a bluff charge or maybe even a couple of bluff charges without any contact being made. If you do get charged by a bear and shoot but don't immobilize it there is a good chance that it will run off, there is however a chance that you will encounter a bear that decides that you are going to pay for the pain that you just caused him and the only way you are going to stop him is to break bone. A shot that might end up being fatal but doesn't stop him immediately could cost you very dearly. A bullet to the brain could stop him but you can try that one, not me. Breaking a charging bear down with a .357, good luck.