Grizzly Attack and Weapon Selection

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  1. 4949shooter

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    I'd like to have a 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun loaded with slugs.
     
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    9mm is apparently equal to everything so..... a G45?
     
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    Lol...yep.
     
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    Have seen this posted many times on different forums
    Handgun is 454 Casul . Revolver over semiauto. Esp if closely encountered when the bear is eating your face!

    Alask. retired trooper who encountered many bears..recommended Slug Shotgun..
     
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    Thanks. We were talking about this at work the other day. I couldn't remember the revolver and caliber but I do now that you mentioned it. My Googlefu isn't as good as these young men I work with but there are more detailed accounts and videos out there.
     
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    Oh geez, a damned grizzly ... give me a short barreled shotgun. The thought sends shivers down my spine.
     
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    From the article it appears his weapon was a rifle slung on his back. He saw the bear in full charge, but did not have time to get it in position. A high powered rifle or a shotgun with slugs is the best offensive weapon if you have the time, but as an archery elk hunter in Wyoming, I have a pistol for that unexpected defensive encounter. My choice is a 4" 44 mag 629 with v-comp port. It is a there as a last ditch effort to kill/wound a bear that is about to kill me. I have no fantasy that it will drop the bear in its tracks assuming I hit him, but perhaps its enough to turn him or get him off me. If six shots are not enough, I will hopefully be able play dead as he is gnawing my face off.
     
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    Seriously, how about a hand gun (glock) chambered in 10mm and a good ole fashioned can of Bear Spray? From what I have been reading is that Bear Spray does wonders in quickly redirecting a charging or curious bruin.
     
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    If a 10mm Glock is what you shoot best then absolutely.
     
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    If you have ever watched a bear tear into a stump or roll over 200# rocks looking for simple grubs, you have a real appreciation for the power in these animals. Sure a 9mm would be better than your hands but biggest gun you xan hit with fast, more than once. I like 4" 41, 44mag or hvy loaded 45colt. My g20 is a light trail gun, but with 200gr wfn solids @ 1200fps, it would be my minimum.you arent going to get off more than 2-3rds before said yogi s on you. Then the whole rolling around on the ground thing, poor grip angle, I would trust the revo a bit more.
     
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    Night hunting for coyote I have had bear come in and snap their jaws at me. I even had one circle around behind me once. I was able to make some noise and scare it off. I had my Gen 3 G20 with me.

    So much for calling in coyotes that night..
     
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    on outdoor programs I have seen a lot of back up guides carrying 12gauge with slugs, that or a 44mag with cast solids in it.
     
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    yeah, wildlife officers usually broke out their slug guns on nat geo alaska state troopers too, at least when they thought they might have an encounter in heavy brush, checking bait stations, etc. personally would want @ minimum a standard cap 9mm or greater in a pistol, or .357 on up. keeping sht together having something that big charging at you at 30+mph is another story - reminded of that scene in jurassic park where the guys are blindly firing backwards as they're running in opposite direction.
     
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    You cant outrun a bear so you better have your head in the game that its a fight, you or him, put something between you & the bear & settle in on the front sight & get hits. It eother turns or gets to you, runnng only makes you tired. This is where I would say a 9mm is better than nothing, barely. If you cant shoot a 44mag, dont carry one, false sense of security.
     
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    A friend I talk with who Guides up in Alaska says he carries Shotgun with slugs and a 10mm Glock with Underwood Hardcast. Prior to the Glock it was a .44 mag revolver. He made the switch due to more rounds that are easier to put on target for him.

    I'd trust his set up for myself.
     
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    My son and I archery hunted two years ago near Yellowstone. We saw bears every damn day, and my son was charged. It was a bluff and it turned at less than ten yards. Anyway, we both carried pistols and our two guides did as well - one carried a shotgun with slugs as well as a 44 mag and the other carried a Glock 10mm. They both thought the other was crazy for carrying what they chose to strap on their hip. Moral: Even amongst seasoned guides, there is plenty of disagreement on the best bear defense. Fyi, the charge came from no where and happened so fast, my son would not have been able to get his pistol drawn in time, had the bear not turned. Yikes.
     
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    I took a bear on, with a knife, unintentionally. Then, I broke all of the rules when dealing with bears and ran away and got lost in the woods.