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Bear Country. What "IS" enough gun?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Escoseis, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. Escoseis

    Escoseis Millennium Member

    Oct 27, 1999
    Phoenix, AZ
    Whoa!! Wonder what this hunter used? [See attachment]

    A buddy sent me these pictures. Don't know where he got them... maybe some of you have seen them before. New to me.

    I have seen bears in Idaho. None were quite this large, though.

    Don't know where this bear was photographed. I hope a long way from where I now live.

    Obviously the hunt was successful. (As viewed from the man's perspective).

    Size of the bear makes me think that packing anything less than a Howitzer is pointless.

  2. Dogbite

    Dogbite DNT TREAD ON ME

    May 20, 2000
    I grew up in Alaska,alot of it in the bush--so i have some practical experience in this matter.Defense against bears--12 guage pump with slugs,or a large caliber rifle--416 rem mag and up bolt action, 45-70 with super stout loads, and a large 454,480,475 revolver for back up.If you are hunting them,and popping them at a distance--with a guide(that will have a heavy rifle) then a 300 mag and up--i would prefer a 338 and up.A mad charging bear and a bear walking around unaware of your presence are two totally different situations.Yes people kill them with 30-06 type calibers,but gambling with your life is not a good idea.I had a friend that killed one with a 30-06--and he said that he would never try that again.It went down very close to him,and he had to empty the gun.He is not a novice.
  3. Cowboy Kyle

    Cowboy Kyle

    Dec 23, 2003
    agoura hills
    Is that the bear that ate that guy in Alaska? i dont remember what they used to kill it. anything as big as a "minivan" i want no part of!!
  4. marvin

    marvin sci-fi nut

    Mar 26, 2001
    greentown ind.
    i saw this photo a while ago. was shoot in alaska and if i rember right the guy used a 7mm rem. mag took several shots. don't know if this is true or not.
  5. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

    Mar 1, 2001
    Michigan, USA
    Several different stories going around, via e-mail about those pictures… I’ve received at least 5 different variations myself… seen a few different stories here on GT even…….
  6. Same here, this story is going around close to 2years with it getting bigger and bigger every day.

    next story title will have it saying the "Bear eat a whole town and was killed by a 9mm" ;Q

    As far as the 9mm users and the other handguns users that feel they have a suitable caliber for a bear, then good luck!
  7. marvin

    marvin sci-fi nut

    Mar 26, 2001
    greentown ind.
    you know i catch crap all the time for this but here goes. i think 9 mm makes a good gun for protection from bear attacks!

    note i said protection not hunting. all the reading i've ever read says the only way to stop a bear is to hit the brain or spine. the 9 loaded with 147 fmj gives you a deep pentarting round in a lite package with 18 rounds to do it. plus you need a few rounds to waste in an attempt to scare the bear away.

    phil shoemaker the alaskan guide said that he would whether have a 22 mag that he could shot fast than to have a 454 mag that he couldn't get 2 shots off as fast. so i think that the 9mm sounds prteey good.
  8. ATI_RAGE_

    ATI_RAGE_ 1911 Fanatic

    Mar 10, 2003
    According to Christmas Story, a Red Ryder BB gun should take care of anything. ;a
  9. Balls

    Balls Universe Master

    Jan 1, 2004
    South Eastern WA
    I heard of a sorty about soem guys fishing in Alaska. They asked the Ranger what handgun to carry to fend off a bear. The Ranger told them he has a Revolver in the glove box of his truck for just the occasion; it has the front sight filed off. When they asked why he filed the sight off, he replied "so it wont hurt as much when the bear takes it from me and shoves it up my butt."
  10. CarolsJohn


    Dec 20, 2003
    NWT CA
    WOW....With a monster like that, me thinks at least maybe a 9mm LE mag, and a .357 wheel gun as a back up.

    If that don't work, use the small backpack-sized tactical nuclear warhead. ;-)

    John :)
  11. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

    Mar 1, 2001
    Michigan, USA
    I was told that any handgun that was able to wound the leg of the guy running next to you was good enough ‘bear protection’. ;f
  12. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Western WA
    Supposedly the SKS has put a bigger dent in the Alaska bear population than any other gun.
  13. jchast

    jchast Draw Yer Gun!

    Sep 23, 2003
    Western PA
    This bad boy...

    Magnum Research 45-70 (5) shot revolver...

    *drool* ;g

    ;c ;c
  14. Poohgyrr

    Poohgyrr trout fear me!

  15. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

    Feb 11, 2002
    California Sierra Mnts
    Attached is a picture of a woman and the grizzly she dropped with a 44 mag. She was gardening behind her house in Alaska; was not paying attention; when she saw the bear standing over her, she drew and fired one shot into the neck hoping to break the bears neck. Her one shot was true and the bear dropped. Her husband (a bush pilot) wrote a book which used to be posted online... I can't find it online anymoer
  16. Dogbite

    Dogbite DNT TREAD ON ME

    May 20, 2000
    If you carry a 9mm in bear big bear country,you dont need that hi-cap mag.All you need is one round--so you can shoot yourself when the bear charges you--it wont be as messy that way...