What gun/load for bears?


December 24, 2002, 11:46 PM

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December 25, 2002, 12:17 AM
The minimum would be a Browning M2.:)

December 25, 2002, 12:19 AM
Rifle, pistol or shotgun?

December 25, 2002, 12:20 AM
It depends on which particular kind of bear that you are hunting.

The bigger the bear,the bigger the load.. BOOM!:D

December 25, 2002, 12:22 AM
In my vast experience (I once saw a bear at the zoo), I've found that Most bears prefer to carry a S&W snubbie, such as the 442. It conceals well in their fur. Load? 158gr LSWHP, of course.


December 25, 2002, 12:40 AM
.357 Magnum revolver with the front sight filed off, of course.

December 25, 2002, 01:16 AM
Bears would probably prefer a shotgun to make squirrel hunting easier. they could also snack on small birds. As far as loads, they might try buckshot for salmon fishing. Of course slugs would probably make moose hunting a much more pleasant experience. For self defense against hunters, the sound produced by the pump action, combined with a loud growl should scare the them away.

Neil Casper
December 25, 2002, 01:19 AM
I think you might be a little light. I prefer at least a 20 mm for bears. Now if only they would come up with a 1911 single stack in 20 mm I might feel comfortable in bear country

December 25, 2002, 01:36 AM
I have it on good authority that bears love. 357.;)

December 25, 2002, 01:52 AM

December 25, 2002, 03:52 AM
Actually, It doesn't really matter.

Make sure you go hiking with a partner. Should a bear attack become inherent, shoot your hiking buddy in the foot and run like hell. The bear will go for the fresh blood.

Hope this helps, and no, I will NOT go hiking with you! :cool:

December 25, 2002, 07:59 AM
Something with a trick corrosion-resistant finish; possibly teflon-coated, to make wiping honey off easier. :)

December 25, 2002, 09:04 AM
black bears......44mag

brown bears.......you better have a big rifle not a handgun

chicago bears .......22lr or maybe a flyswatter:D

December 25, 2002, 10:01 AM
From personal observations of 3 bear in SW Colorado last summer, I am convinced that they must have been carrying mouse guns. Each one of them was hauling --- in the opposite direction. ;)

December 25, 2002, 11:13 AM
What gun/load for bears?
Bears are not allowed have guns. The constitution reads "Keep and bear arms", not "Arm & keep bears"

December 25, 2002, 11:28 AM
Ah, yes, bears!

Some of my favorite TFL threads involved bears so how COULD I have forgotten?

To the next bear thread posted by a THRer seriously wondering about encountering one! :D

December 25, 2002, 12:43 PM
Yogi carries a 454 Casull in a shoulder hoster when he wears a vest, or when going natural carries it in a picanic basket.

December 25, 2002, 01:21 PM
I would think a bear would be happier w/ a picnic basket rather than a firearm.

December 25, 2002, 02:01 PM
Support Your Right To Arm Bears!

December 25, 2002, 02:33 PM
Make sure you take a partner with you.

And a set of good running shoes for yourself. You don't need to be faster than the bear... :D

December 25, 2002, 06:15 PM
From what I have seen bears usualy prefer tree marking paint,sterno stove fuel and wine coolers over guns.

December 25, 2002, 10:12 PM
Try .50AE

At a buck a pull you better hit the bear :)

December 25, 2002, 11:05 PM
Probably a Harpoon!

"Screw Salmon, I'm going to eat a Whale!"


Ron L
December 25, 2002, 11:45 PM
Originally posted by dd-b
.357 Magnum revolver with the front sight filed off, of course.

LOL, we were just joking about that after Christmas dinner tonight. :D

December 26, 2002, 12:18 AM
you think a bear is going to have an easy time with a wimpy handgun? with no opposable thumbs??? come on, hes gotta have a lever action rifle.

for bear DEFENSE, i'm going to opt for a 12 gauge with a cz52 as sidearm.

anyone remember the story this past summer about the guys fishing on the russian river up here in alaska, and the one guy threw his shotgun at the bear cause he wasnt sure if a round was chambered? and his buddys killed the bear after their friend dove in the river?

turns out that one of the guys had a 9mm, and the other had a sks. the papers said nothing (that i recall) about the SKS.

December 26, 2002, 01:52 AM
Anything in 416 Rigby!!!! HE HE HE HE!!! ;)
500 Nitro Express will do in a pinch, however. :D
If you INSIST on taking a mouse gun bear hunting, I suppose you could use 45-70 Government. :rolleyes:

December 26, 2002, 12:38 PM
What gun/load for bears? = Important

Being able to out run the buddy you are hunting with = Priceless!

(As in the old joke, "I'm not trying to out run the bear, I'm trying to out run YOU!" )

December 27, 2002, 03:11 PM
I don't need no stinking gun for bears.

Give me a chainsaw. And a pair of safety glasses.

Anybody remember the thread about what what gun for bear, if you are trapped in an elevator between a mother and a cub? :D That was my favorite. Somebody said that they would want a pair of Mac 10s and they would cut a hole around the bear and let it fall through. :) Man that was a classic.

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