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Question by muskiemaster. Uploaded on April 01, 2009
i suggest no smaller than a 45,depending on the size.at close range pepper spray is the best overall
if it were up to me i would be looking for the largest legal caliber. haha
I would choose a 45 Long Colt in a old Ruger Vaqureo or Blackhawk something that can handle heavy loads like Buffalo Bore and shoot a 260 or 300 grain bullet but you would be better of with a shotgun with slugs. P.S dont trust peeper spray because some where the wind is allways going to blow in the wrong direction.
In Alaska I carried a S&W Model 629 44 mag with 8 3/8 inch barrel and felt undergunned. I went to a Model 660 Remington rifle in 350 rem mag. It is a lot of power in a small light rifle. Just sling it over the shoulder. It will kill any bear that walks.
44mag or 45long colt min calibers
Del! Again! Genius!
I think .480 Ruger is pretty much perfect for bears. Lots of horsepower, large diameter. You'll avoid the mauling from the bear, and you'll avoid the mauling that the .454C or .475L will give you.
.460 or .500 S&W would be great too, but are very expensive and require a bigger gun.
Did you know its Alaska State law that you must remove all front sights from any Magnum Handgun for Bear protection!
That front blade is hell on the hemorrhoids when that bear slaps that noise maker out of your hand and shoves it up your posterior! Nothing replaces a good rifle, even #6 bird shot in the face works great!!!
I would say 44 Mag and 480 Ruger would be my smallest choice. My biggest choice would be a BFR in 45/70.
clay i want to kill the bear not make it mad, i would never use #6 bird shot, slugs maybe but not bird shot. it depends on what kind of bear you would run into, around my house where it is all black bear, i would use a good 357mag or a 12 ga with 00buck or slugs, if your talking grizleys i would want at the very least a 44mag, and if possable a good rifle.
yeah, make sure you have that front sight filed down smooth...wont hurt so much when the bear put it where the sun dont shine...
for bear protection, youll want a short-barreled 12 gauge shotgun with the biggest slugs it can handle...
Look at what the guides carry for bear protection. Like Del said, a short handy rifle in a thumper caliber or a short handy shotgun stuffed with all the slugs you can get into it. You won't stop a big bear bent on causing you harm with a handgun. Ask all these folks who advocate using a hand gun for bear defence if they have actually ever used said device for such a purpose and also inquire as to how it turned out...
An old Alaskan guide told me, "if you use a pistol, better to shoot yourself then the bear".
It does seem that every bear guide or researcher I've seen carried a rifle. Almost all bolt guns too. If it were me, I'd have a big bore lever gun. A Remington 7600 woods carbine in .35 Whelen would be nice too. I'd still like to risk it with a revolver though.
There is no such thing as a "bear defense pistol".
Everyone will have a story told to them by the friend of a friend, who knew someone who's cousin killed a bear with a Davis .25 automatic.
But the only person I know who personally faced a bear (with witnesses) emptied a Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum at a range approaching point blank. It was a friend with a rifle who made the kill, while this man dropped the pistol and jumped off a tall rock.
It was not a very big bear either, but still a good story for him.
If I was in Grizz country I would have at least a 44mag. The area I spend most of my time in has black bears, and if one was charging me I would prefer to have a 44, but due to weight and ease of carry I usually have a seven shot .357 S&W 686 on my side.
Good thing about shooting a griz with a handgun is that they can recover the slug later and confirm which bear ate your lunch..
Why, oh why are you picking on a Davis .25? Everyone who is anyone carries a Davis! I am crying fitfully and writhing on the floor about what you have said to hurt the feeling of the poor little Davis! Oh how I love Davis, brave little aoutomatic who boldly gives it's life to save it's owner from grizzleys and other denizens of the forest. What a great gun for all to see!
The perfect Bear defense pistol for Black Bears of any size in my opinion would be the 480 Ruger with a 9.5" barrel loaded with the 425 Grain Wide Flat Nose Gas Check rounds offered by Grizzly Cartridge. You could shoot a Black Bear in the face with this and have the bullet come ripping through it's asshole. If that's not powerful enough for you, then you're by no means a man or in any condition mentally to be walking through the woods where there are critters such as the Great Bears. Don't listen to people who criticize a big revolver such as the one I mention as being un handy in a dangerous situation because of it's long barrel, I own one believe me, this is not true. If you were gooing to be in the woods with Brown Bears though, you are definitely going to want to be carrying a 45-70 levergun rather than a pistol. If you were going to be carrying a pistol though, it would be wise to step up to the 500 S&W loaded with the heaviest Wide Flat Nose solids available for the gun.
What about Dmax Sidewinder/BFR in 45lc/410 with Lehigh ammunition. Maximum expansion ammunition enters ballistics gel at 11.7" avg and bullet expands to 1.7" leaving a large cut path to hit vitals. One round takes up same expansion size of 4 standard 45acp hollows!! It packs quite the punch. Convinced 45lc would do it easily just avoid old cowboy low grain rounds. I recommend Lehigh ammo.
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