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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:16 pm 
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I have killed quite a few Russian Boars and a few bears with hand guns & the Sixshot & Contender said I fully agree.
Bear Paw Jack knows his guns!
Great advise.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:09 pm 
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My bear guide (black bear) carries a 10mm auto. When hunting them I have carried a 44 Alaskan and a 357 GP100. From what I have seen, I would even carry a 9mm with penetrating loads for backup.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:31 pm 
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I have to chuckle a bit at threads like this. How can we ever know what the best bear gun is until we get the bears to weigh in on the topic. The sad fact is no one ever asks the bears what they think.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:08 pm 
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Good point! We could do a poll.
1. What hapened?
A Discouraged from activity:
Scare off intruder,
Attack intruder,
Pilferer food?
B Continued/attacked?


2. Outcome:
A Wounded:
Where, how serious?
B Killed:

3. Make and caliber of gun?

I much doubt that the responses to 3 would be useful! 2B responses would be suspect.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:34 pm 
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Thumbcocker wrote:
I have to chuckle a bit at threads like this. How can we ever know what the best bear gun is until we get the bears to weigh in on the topic. The sad fact is no one ever asks the bears what they think.


Well duh, the bears dead, how do you expect to talk to em?
Even when they're alive they don't seem to have
much to say.
We can't even agree on the best gun to shoot humans
with and most of them can sorta talk even after you shoot em.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:03 pm 
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To answer the title question......it would be whatever gun I can get to before the bear gets to me....... :idea:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:43 pm 
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https://www.ammoland.com/2018/02/defens ... z5rLBDgKvL

Just relaying the article.

Personally I carry an Alaskan with HSM 45c bear loads when in bear country.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:39 pm 
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The lesson to be learned here is that if you don't hit it you don't hurt it. The geologist's failure with the 357 was the only one and the most instructive. He apparently failed to use his weapon effectively and didn't apparently hit the bear.

Lesson learned, if you use it any Pistol, including 9mm pocket pistols, it will do the job.

¡Collary-if you don't have it, it doesn't matter!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:17 am 
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I once used a Marlin M60 22LR to dispatch a bear. Although I fired the full capacity of the magazine of cheap hollowpoints, I'm pretty sure the first couple removed all the stuffing from center mass. A revolver may hold fewer rounds, but a hit is a hit.. So I'd recommend a 22LR from real-life experience.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:39 am 
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Groo here
If defense is the thing .
You will most probably be fighting from your back.[bear are that fast]
So , as Cooper said , a 357 mag snub with armor piercing load.[aka non expanding /fmj/hard cast not plated bullet at full pressure]
Place under chin , in ear or eye and pull trigger.....


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:20 am 
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Sometimes it is very lonely out here in humor land.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:34 am 
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The biggest caliber you can reliably handle but nothing less than a .44 Magnum is what I would suggest. I sold my old 7 1/2", .44 Magnum, SS, Super Redhawk (did not put over 100 rounds through that magnificent revolver and I still regret selling it), but then I don't hunt bears! If I were foolish or serious enough to hunt bears, I would still have that as my backup piece.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:16 am 
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Thumbcocker wrote:
Sometimes it is very lonely out here in humor land.


Ain't that the truth........... :roll:

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:29 pm 
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Best gun for bear?

"Gun the engine, let's get out of here …." :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:47 pm 
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Thumbcocker wrote:
Sometimes it is very lonely out here in humor land.


It's only lonely if your wit is greater than that of your audience. :lol:

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