Best Bear Gun?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by skysailor, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. rotten

    rotten LOST AGAIN

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    Not that I have any experience with this subject but I would want a easy to carry (low weight) and something that has penetration such as .44 Mag. My personal short list is the S&W 329PD.
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  2. Jurgen

    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    Ok, I know handguns aren't legal (for the most part) in Canada.

    But what about RPG's? :lol3
  3. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    There was a guy in Alaska who shot a brown bear six times in the back of the head with full .44 mag loads (240 grain at the time) while it was attacking his fishing buddy, and every shot essentially bounced off the skull. The last place you want to shoot a large animal is in the head if all you had is a handgun.

    The place to shoot a brown bear that is charging is the front shoulders then the rear hips. If your shot penetrates well enough it may break the bones in the shoulder and hips, thereby making it hard for the bear to move forward. Then you go for a kill shot with the lungs/heart. If you go for the kill shot first then the bear may live long enough to kill you.

    That said, I spent some time in Alaska and Montana in areas where brown bears frequent (Kenai peninsula and GNP), and I never saw a single bear, much less had trouble with one. I saw plenty of sign, but no actual bears. On the Kenai I ran into a park service guy (and gal) and he was carrying a .458 Mag rifle. I was just carrying a .44 Mag handgun with 300 grain Barnes "bear loads" (1300 fps, heavy jacket JSP).

    More people are killed or injured by moose in Alaska than bear. A lot of people who live there have large dogs, many of them partially intended as protection from bears. So they go walking the dog in the bush and moose stomp on the dogs think they are wolves, and sometimes also stomp on the owners too.

    I doubt I will ever need a handgun for bear. I don't hunt predators, and the case where a bear attacks a human is just plain rare. Feral dogs yeah. Feral pigs - maybe (I would like to hunt feral pigs someday).
  4. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    Good gun - I own one. I suggest you try one first - and without the wood grips (they come with rubber grips).
  5. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    After a bear attack no one has ever wished they had a smaller gun.

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  6. HardCase

    HardCase winter is coming

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    When I was in college I was home for a long weekend one fall and decided to try coyote hunting. I borrowed my dad's coyote call (sounded like a wounded/dying rabbit, supposedly) and a rifle and headed out to a remote area. I found a spot on a hillside with a big bush behind me, overlooking a large meadow area. I shoved myself back into the bush, facing outward, and began blowing the call. After about an hour of that I decided nothing was coming around, so I stood up to stretch my legs and move onto some other location, and heard a crashing bawling noise. It was a black bear that had snuck up behind the bush and was sniffing around about 20 feet behind me. I had not heard his approach. I don't know who was more frightened, I yelled and he took off. Damned glad that wasn't a griz. :huh
  7. ZzyzyxRd

    ZzyzyxRd Home of the odds

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    Cover your six. :lol3
  8. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    Put these on your backpack.

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    It's the only way to be sure.
  9. rotten

    rotten LOST AGAIN

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    I have and was very impressed, shot 50 special then various Mag rounds and despite the lack of weight it was very well behaved. Not the impact on the hand / wrist that I was expecting special loads felt easier than .357
  10. HardCase

    HardCase winter is coming

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    Yup. I do now. That was a great learning experience.
  11. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    They're legal at the range. Out in the bush? Total no, no. Otherwise, I just carry my Super Blackhawk. Love that gun!
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  12. morerpmfred

    morerpmfred Been here awhile

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    A friend brought this by a couple of days ago. [​IMG]
    M14 clone in 7.62x51 with a sage ebr stock. It fits in this eagle day pack. [​IMG]
    Perfect for hiking. A little slow to pull it out of the pack but everthing else makes up for it. Perfect for bear defence.
  13. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    I'm thinking that neither you, nor your friend, know anything about bear defense, or have even ever been surprised by a bear. (sorta hard to believe since you're in Calgary... but...)

    :lol3

    I've seen some bad ideas before, and been around people brainwashed by having firearms, but this packed-away monstrosity about takes the cake. I don't know which is more comical... the weight of it, the numbers of ways it will get hung upon trying to pull it out fast, or that it's a packed-away bear gun to begin with.
  14. davsato

    davsato Been here awhile

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    i think what he's trying to say is, you'll never get it out in time.

    wont even get time to touch the rifle before youre being digested.
  15. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    450 Bushmaster. 250gr of headache relief!
  16. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    Swat team wannabee. Gebus.

    I hope your friend only hikes in open country where he can see the griz from about a half mile. Snaps, zippers, magazine, scope covers and all that dangly shit? Christ, might as well call in an air strike, it will get there faster.
  17. CharlieFox

    CharlieFox Been here awhile

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    :rofl
  18. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    or maybe just a really good troll:deal:lol3