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Glock 19 - What ammo is best against Black Bear?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by glockingdude, Aug 30, 2010.


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  1. glockingdude

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    Hi, I am going hunting this fall for deer, and I am bringing a Glock 19 as backup against the possibility of a black bear attack. Now, I clearly know that a 9mm is not the best caliber, but right now it is all I have.
    What is the best ammo to use? CorBon 115gn HP with 460 ftlbs of energy, or FMJs NATO with I think about 370 FtLbs of energy. Thanks!
     

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    I'd get the nastiest stuff you can find (Buffalo Bore perhaps?) and pray you don't run across one with a G19 as your only backup plan
     

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    See if you have a family member or close friend who can lend you a 44 mag or better revolver.
     
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    A Glock 19 is better than nothing, but even my .45 wouldn't be enough to stop a bear. 10mm is close, but you really need a large bore revolver (.44, .454, etc). 9mm would probably bounce off the bears skull... A open mouth shot may work, but I'm not willing to wait for the opportunity. A shotgun with slugs would be okay too.
     
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    12ga slugs are a lot more than just "ok" against a bear
     
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    Save your money and buy winchester white box at walmart. I don't think the round is going to matter much in the off chance you have to defend yourself from a bear.

    In all fairness, I would pack the 19 with a +p speer gold dot and hope for the best.
     
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    Do they make explosive rounds for 9mm?
     
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    I'd say any decent HP would work....on you. God knows you'll want to end your agony as you are being devoured by the bear!
     
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    Don't forget to remove the front sight if you are going to shoot a bear with 9mm.
     
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    If FMJ's are legal to carry while you're hunting in your state, I'd go with that in at least 125 gr, maybe even 147 for penetration, and hope for the best. I don't know that any JHP would penetrate enough to do much good. I'm assuming you're talking about bowhunting, otherwise whatever firearm you're using for deer would also work on a black bear.

    ETA: I said that about the legality of having FMJ's while you're hunting because I thought I'd read in the 2010-11 KY Hunting & Trapping Guide that you couldn't have any FMJ ammo while you were hunting. I could be wrong. We all know that crazy hunting laws exist in a lot of states though...
     
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    Whatever 9mm round you end up deciding on, save one for yourself when that really pissed off black bear finally gets to you. It will save you from having to witness yourself taking the ass whoopin' of a lifetime....:)
     
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    Sad but true. I'm afraid those 9mm's are gonna feel like bee-stings on a bear.
     
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    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/05/31/backpackper-shoots-kills-grizzly-alaska-park/

    Don't be so sure...:p

    I also prefer slugs.
     
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    Doesn't matter what you use. It is all about shot placement!
     
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    wonder how big it was