.357 Magnum 180 Grain WFN with Gas Check Bear Defense- The .357 S&W Magnum, or simply .357 Magnum, is a cartridge with a .357-inch bullet diameter. It was created by Elmer Keith, Phillip B. Sharpe, and D. B. Wesson of firearms manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Winchester. It is based upon Smith & Wesson’s earlier .38 Special cartridge. The .357 Magnum cartridge was introduced in 1934, and its use has since become widespread. This cartridge started the “Magnum era” of handgun ammunition.
The .357 Magnum cartridge is notable for its highly effective terminal ballistics when used for hunting or defense.
The .38 Special nomenclature relates to the previous use of heeled bullets (such as the .38 Short Colt and .38 Long Colt), which were the same diameter as the case. The only external dimensional difference between .38 Special and .357 magnum is the difference in case length; this was done to prevent accidentally loading a .357 magnum cartridge in to a .38 Special revolver that isn’t designed for the .357 magnum’s higher chamber pressure.
This cartridge is regarded by many as an excellent hunting, metallic silhouette and self-defense round. With this load, it is effective against large or dangerous game, such as bear, however, many consider the larger and more powerful magnum cartridges to be more appropriate such as the .500 S&W Magnum, 460 S&W Magnum, .44 Magnum, .454 Casull, .41 Magnum as well as other larger magnum rounds. Please look at our Choice Bear Defense rounds in these calibers as well.
We feel our 100% hand-loading techniques and proprietary formulas produce the most reliable, consistent and accurate round on the commercial market today. Choice Ammunition emulates the same process passionate loaders do in their own loading rooms across the country. Hand-Loaded ammunition simply performs better than “factory” ammunition for a number of reasons. Why compromise with this Bear Defense Load when a premium product such as this is available competitively priced? Please try Choice Ammunition! This 180 grain “HARD” (22 BHN) WFN with gas check cast lead bullet is designed for deep penetration and bone-crushing stopping power for the most critical of times.
Our hard cast (22 BHN) Wide Nose Flat Point bullet is specifically designed for Bear Defense situations. Transferring maximum energy and with deep penetration and bone crushing stopping power.
- Velocity: 1,216 fps
- Energy: 591 ft. pounds
- 100% Hand-Loaded