We talk alot here on hunting/shooting the big bores so lets start here and work our way up in separate threads to help new folks to the sport learn.First off I'll say if you are worried there is a brownie behind ever tree the 357mag may not make you feel secure but you do have more than a rock. Most folks can learn to shoot the 357 very well and with hunting loads in the 180gr to 200gr can give a critter a very severe wallop,for sure pass through on sitka deer at around the fifty yard range. The average Alaska black bear can be put down at forty yards for over a bait station. Through in some 38 specials and birds rabbits fox etc will all go home with you. For my bride she loves her 6" mod. 19 S&W. Deadly at twenty fives yards and six to seven inch at fifty but she is very near sighted and keeps shots under forty yards. A scope or dot can be mounted on most 357's if you want one. It a nut shell if all you have or can shoot well is 357 don't let it stop you from enjoying handgun hunting.