Research Shows Handguns Best Defense In Bear Attacks

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Dec 10, 2002
Crossville, TN, USA
The government and mass media have been the messenger of too many lies for me to regard them as a source of "facts". Just because "facts" come from some "authority" does not make them facts. As a matter of fact, that is a well know logical fallacy... "Appeal to authority". Believing known liars again and again is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Sometimes liars tell the truth, but that doesn't make me trust them, especially when the truth is intertwined with "political correctness".
I have only been charged by a Grizzly once, and it was an angled charge and it passed just uphill from me and kept on going. I had my little 44 Special snubby in my hand and it felt small.
I have considered upgrading my 44 magnum to a 10MM, weighed the pros and cons and for now have decided to stay with the 44 Magnum.
I have to admit, in 2024, when I hear ANYthing put forth as a government recommendation, I tend to automatically disbelieve it. They've earned that...

Paul B

Dec 4, 1999
Tucson, AZ
I've only had to kill one bear with a handcun and that was back in 1959. Gun was a 38/44 S&W Ourdoorsmans chambered to the 38/44 round. A 38/44 was the .38 Spl. loaded to higher pressures, probably one could say equal to or slightly above current +P+ levels for the .38 Spl. The bear was interested in someone else so two shots behind the ear did what was needed to be done.
I haven't done any hiking for some time now due to a bad car wreck but when I was active I usually carried a 4 5/8" Ruger Super blackhawk with Elmer Keith lever handloads. I did buy a mold to cast Keith type bullets that weighed 300 gr. but I would have to replace the front sight with a taller one. It never go done as the wreck put an end to my mountain and desert hikes.
Paul B.