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Just read the thread about the woman being attacked and killed by two black bears in Colorado. We have property in the U P of Michigan and I always carry one of my 9mm's when I'm out in our woods. But, now I'm wondering just how effective my 124 grain Federal HP's might be?
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I'd want something a little bigger for a bear, but it's better than nothing.
You might not put it down with one or two shots, but you'll probably run it off.
 

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If that is what you have, 9mm will work. Black bears are not grizzly bears. Most hunting ammunition designed for deer is considered good for black bear. Grizzly / brown bears are a different class, with them you want more.
 
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44 Mag revolver or 10 mm pistol would be much better.

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FMJ would be a better choice than hollow points for bear. My buddy's cousin owns property in Montana. He's been a guide for many years. His recommendation for strictly critter defense is a 12 guage loaded with heavy buckshot.

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Just read the thread about the woman being attacked and killed by two black bears in Colorado. We have property in the U P of Michigan and I always carry one of my 9mm's when I'm out in our woods. But, now I'm wondering just how effective my 124 grain Federal HP's might be?
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Well, if it's a full size 9mm, rub bacon grease on it and if a bear attacks throw it down, maybe he'll eat it and choke to death.
Seriously, I'd get something much larger. 10mm seems to be popular in AK.. I wouldn't feel under armed with a .357 either.
 

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9MM is not what I would use for bear. but if you dont want to tote another gun, I think you'd be best served by a heavy for caliber, FMJ or preferably, hard cast bullet
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9MM is not what I would use for bear. but if you dont want to tote another gun, I think you'd be best served by a heavy for caliber, FMJ or preferably, hard cast bullet
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My sentiments exactly.
 

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The was a thread about a hunting guide killing a bear with a 9mm pistol a while back. However it wouldn't be my first choice. tom. here it is...

 

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I have black bears on my hunting property in northern Michigan. In 25 years I've only run into them in person once. I do see them all the time on my trail cameras though. I do carry when when out and about, usually a 45acp (hard ball ammo) or 357 mag (hard cast) but a 9mm with ball ammo would work in a pinch. Chances are you'll never run into one.
 

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The correct answer is: Very effective for really ticking the bear off! :oops:

We have black bears around here, too. In fact my wife was once kept locked inside a house for more than 3 hours because a black bear was busy raiding garbage cans and roaming through people's open garages in the neighborhood.

That particular bear was hit by a tractor-trailer about a month later and died. The game department weighed in the bear's corpse at an astonishing 835 lb!

Other than this we occasionally have black bears, ranging between 300 and 500 lb, come through the farm every now and then. (Which is the main reason why I use 45 Super, 230 grain, FMJ cartridges in my converted G21, and never go around the farm at night without carrying it with me.)
 
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.40 S&W is my Woods cal. Specifically G22 w/Win 180gr Bonded JHP. We not only have Black Bear, but Hogs & Coyotes. I do not trust 9mm.
 

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If 9mm is all you have I'd load it with FMJ and if they make them +P.
 

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I feel completely comfortable carrying a 9mm in the woods around here. We have lots of black bears and I feel a 9mm is sufficient if I ever needed to defend myself against one.

Black bears tend to be very wimpy when shot unlike grizzly.


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