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Can you kill a bear with a 12 gauge shotgun(I am just wondering).

Question by small game. Uploaded on December 13, 2009

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

At close range, up to 75 yards or so, a rifled slug will take down an average-sized black bear (175 lbs) with about the same effect as a whitetail deer.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Just don't try a Grizzly or Polar Bear.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

used within relatively short distances, like over baitpiles, a 12 ga slug will handle most any black bear in the lower 48.

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from gman3186 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

a guy that used to hunt with killed a bear with shotgun and he used 12 gauge 00b but they also used dogs and ran the bear till he was dead tired and he just walked up within feet of the bear and shot him not much sport in it but i guess some people its not about the hunt

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

ABSOLUTELY! Seen a buckshot peppered grizzly mount in Alaska. Greely flight ops. Wish I had a digital camera that day.

When I was stationed there it was prefered over a 44, 45 357. The 454 casull and 500 s&w maybe close..

You can kill them with slugs too. Not at the range of a rifle but 100 yd kills could be possible.

I'd carry one confidently if I were in Alaska fishing again.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

I don't see why a slug wouldn't do it

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Yes a one ounce slug from your 12g. is good medicine for black bears in range. Keep it well inside 100 yds.

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

A slug from a 12 ga will take care of pretty much any game out there. Big thing is you need to be accurate. If you have anice rifled barrel. Use a good sabot slug and practice to see what kind of drop you get at yardage. The sabot will keep you in line more or less just the weight of the slug makes it drop over distance.

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from shane wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

A good slug gun is the short range weapon of choice for black bear hunters and guides.

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

use a slug and dont shoot more than a 100yds

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from cody r wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

probaly if you use a slug

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from Big O wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Had a buddy that was a "bear guide" in Alaska.
He said once " the best big bear gun, is a 12ga. with slugs". Did'nt really help him in the end though.
They found him and the bear both dead.
BAD shot by "client" and no back-up on the "trail".

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

I don't recommend a shotgun for bear, but I do know a face full of #6 bird shot works well!

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from abrege wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

I've been bear hunting in MI since I was born, we've killed more bear with 12ga than any other gun. If gman3186 thinks hunting with hounds isn't sporting I invite him to try it a few times.

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from abrege wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

PS that pic on my profile is a 512 lb black bear that I had to get within 12 feet (not yards) to see him on the ground with the hounds.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

The standard issue for National Park Service personnel in Alaska grizzly country is 12 gauge with slugs. The Forest Service, as I understand it, arms their people with .375 H&H. As an NPS ranger, I felt I'd rather have the .375 but only because it has the range. In our particular situation we were required to cover tourists considerably beyond the range of a 12 guage. If I have to get a bear off a visitor sixty to seventy yards away, I didn't want to have to try doing it with a shotgun. And especially not from an elevated platform. I think the ideal weapon for that duty would have been a .375 double-barrel rifle backed up by a shotgun.

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from PSEbowhunter wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

sure you can

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

A 12g and a slug will take down a bear. Just make shure it is no more than 100 yards away.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Loaded with slugs it was the preferred defense gun of bear country fishermen until the more portable super revolvers like .454, .460, .500 made the scene.

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from gman3186 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

abrege i have hunted with hounds before not for bear but for deer as a matter of fact the county i hunt in they allow dogs for deer hunting and you cant control where dogs run so we end up shooting deer off of somebodys dogs but a bear will only run so much and then he will turn and fight when you have ran something so hard to the point you can just walk up on it and shoot it where is the sport in that as i see it you just run threw behind the dogs and wait for the bear to go up a tree or turn and fight and go shoot him

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Get a good pump gun make sure the plug is out of it mix up slug,buckshot,slug and so on.If the slug doesn't stop him put his lights out with the buckshot,The bear can't catch what he can't see.
Alabamaoutlaw

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from dangerous game wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

You may be able to do it but PLEASE understand that even if they both weigh 200 pounds a bear is much togher than a deer. I have seen a video with a british columbia black bear taking two shots from a 375

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from Sickness wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Well, I did just that! I brought up my Beretta pintail 12 GA for my first black bear hunt in the Mi U.P.. 2 3/4 Remington Accutip 385 grain bonded sabot. Nikon 1.65x5 Slug scope. 42 yards from bait pile to ground blind. 1st shot at left shoulder crumpled the 185 lb bruin. 2 quick follow ups in the boilerworks. bear never moved after first shot.

While skinning him the next morning, the first round was found to have shattered the left shoulder, passed through and shattered the right shoulder, and stopped under the pelt. The recovered round mushroomed 2x over it's initial .58 cal size and weighed in at 373 grains on the 505 scale when i got home!! 1 of the two additional rounds in the vitals was recovered an inch into a bait log that was behind him.

I am supremely confident in the 12 gauge / sabot round combination after seeing the 3 entry and 2 exit wounds. and I am getting sub 3" groups at 100 yards I will say to use a heavier sabot/jacketed sabot or something other than a soft lead "pumpkin ball" slug.

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from Kyle Guthrie wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

12g 3.5 loads or magnum buckshots by remignton slugs to

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from Kyle Guthrie wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

trust me 12g will stop a grizzly bear

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from Ashley Malagant wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

These threads are always good for a laugh. Within its operational range, a shotgun slug will kill ANY animal in North America. It's physics. Period. You're talking an inch-wide piece of lead impacting with over 2,000 ft-lbs of force. It will blow a hole in solid iron engine blocks. It will blow a hole in 3/8 inch steel plate from 30 yards. I'm not saying I'd like to get up close and personal with a brown bear, and the hard part is not shitting your pants, but any hunter with decent aim and self-control could drop a polar bear. There is nothing on their body, skull, chest or femur that can withstand 2,000 pounds of force in a 1" projectile. Nothing. Physics. Period.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

used within relatively short distances, like over baitpiles, a 12 ga slug will handle most any black bear in the lower 48.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Had a buddy that was a "bear guide" in Alaska.
He said once " the best big bear gun, is a 12ga. with slugs". Did'nt really help him in the end though.
They found him and the bear both dead.
BAD shot by "client" and no back-up on the "trail".

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from gman3186 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

a guy that used to hunt with killed a bear with shotgun and he used 12 gauge 00b but they also used dogs and ran the bear till he was dead tired and he just walked up within feet of the bear and shot him not much sport in it but i guess some people its not about the hunt

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from IanS wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

I don't see why a slug wouldn't do it

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Yes a one ounce slug from your 12g. is good medicine for black bears in range. Keep it well inside 100 yds.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

The standard issue for National Park Service personnel in Alaska grizzly country is 12 gauge with slugs. The Forest Service, as I understand it, arms their people with .375 H&H. As an NPS ranger, I felt I'd rather have the .375 but only because it has the range. In our particular situation we were required to cover tourists considerably beyond the range of a 12 guage. If I have to get a bear off a visitor sixty to seventy yards away, I didn't want to have to try doing it with a shotgun. And especially not from an elevated platform. I think the ideal weapon for that duty would have been a .375 double-barrel rifle backed up by a shotgun.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Just don't try a Grizzly or Polar Bear.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

ABSOLUTELY! Seen a buckshot peppered grizzly mount in Alaska. Greely flight ops. Wish I had a digital camera that day.

When I was stationed there it was prefered over a 44, 45 357. The 454 casull and 500 s&w maybe close..

You can kill them with slugs too. Not at the range of a rifle but 100 yd kills could be possible.

I'd carry one confidently if I were in Alaska fishing again.

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

A slug from a 12 ga will take care of pretty much any game out there. Big thing is you need to be accurate. If you have anice rifled barrel. Use a good sabot slug and practice to see what kind of drop you get at yardage. The sabot will keep you in line more or less just the weight of the slug makes it drop over distance.

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from shane wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

A good slug gun is the short range weapon of choice for black bear hunters and guides.

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

use a slug and dont shoot more than a 100yds

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Loaded with slugs it was the preferred defense gun of bear country fishermen until the more portable super revolvers like .454, .460, .500 made the scene.

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from gman3186 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

abrege i have hunted with hounds before not for bear but for deer as a matter of fact the county i hunt in they allow dogs for deer hunting and you cant control where dogs run so we end up shooting deer off of somebodys dogs but a bear will only run so much and then he will turn and fight when you have ran something so hard to the point you can just walk up on it and shoot it where is the sport in that as i see it you just run threw behind the dogs and wait for the bear to go up a tree or turn and fight and go shoot him

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

At close range, up to 75 yards or so, a rifled slug will take down an average-sized black bear (175 lbs) with about the same effect as a whitetail deer.

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from cody r wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

probaly if you use a slug

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from abrege wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

I've been bear hunting in MI since I was born, we've killed more bear with 12ga than any other gun. If gman3186 thinks hunting with hounds isn't sporting I invite him to try it a few times.

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from abrege wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

PS that pic on my profile is a 512 lb black bear that I had to get within 12 feet (not yards) to see him on the ground with the hounds.

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from PSEbowhunter wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

sure you can

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

A 12g and a slug will take down a bear. Just make shure it is no more than 100 yards away.

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from dangerous game wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

You may be able to do it but PLEASE understand that even if they both weigh 200 pounds a bear is much togher than a deer. I have seen a video with a british columbia black bear taking two shots from a 375

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Get a good pump gun make sure the plug is out of it mix up slug,buckshot,slug and so on.If the slug doesn't stop him put his lights out with the buckshot,The bear can't catch what he can't see.
Alabamaoutlaw

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from Sickness wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Well, I did just that! I brought up my Beretta pintail 12 GA for my first black bear hunt in the Mi U.P.. 2 3/4 Remington Accutip 385 grain bonded sabot. Nikon 1.65x5 Slug scope. 42 yards from bait pile to ground blind. 1st shot at left shoulder crumpled the 185 lb bruin. 2 quick follow ups in the boilerworks. bear never moved after first shot.

While skinning him the next morning, the first round was found to have shattered the left shoulder, passed through and shattered the right shoulder, and stopped under the pelt. The recovered round mushroomed 2x over it's initial .58 cal size and weighed in at 373 grains on the 505 scale when i got home!! 1 of the two additional rounds in the vitals was recovered an inch into a bait log that was behind him.

I am supremely confident in the 12 gauge / sabot round combination after seeing the 3 entry and 2 exit wounds. and I am getting sub 3" groups at 100 yards I will say to use a heavier sabot/jacketed sabot or something other than a soft lead "pumpkin ball" slug.

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from Kyle Guthrie wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

12g 3.5 loads or magnum buckshots by remignton slugs to

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from Kyle Guthrie wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

trust me 12g will stop a grizzly bear

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from Ashley Malagant wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

These threads are always good for a laugh. Within its operational range, a shotgun slug will kill ANY animal in North America. It's physics. Period. You're talking an inch-wide piece of lead impacting with over 2,000 ft-lbs of force. It will blow a hole in solid iron engine blocks. It will blow a hole in 3/8 inch steel plate from 30 yards. I'm not saying I'd like to get up close and personal with a brown bear, and the hard part is not shitting your pants, but any hunter with decent aim and self-control could drop a polar bear. There is nothing on their body, skull, chest or femur that can withstand 2,000 pounds of force in a 1" projectile. Nothing. Physics. Period.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

I don't recommend a shotgun for bear, but I do know a face full of #6 bird shot works well!

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