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shotguns for dangerous game?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by bgrav321, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. bgrav321

    bgrav321 Well-Known Member

    I was in the woods last week meeting my brother and some friends who had brought my guns from home (there was no possible way I could have had them). I walked off into the woods about 30 feet from my parked car when i thought i heard them coming. It was not my brother as i though, but i came face to face with a bear (thankfully they were still a ways up the trail). They were well armed with a mauser, PSL and SKS, but my mosin and tokarev were locked in their car.

    I'm looking at Mossberg 500s, and i would carry it on these backpacking expeditions in national forests sometimes in place of my mosin. How effective would 00 buck be on a bear? slugs? I've read many african stories of big cats mauling and killing hunters foolhardy enough to try to hunt them with a shotgun due to the density of their chest muscles (lions, leopards). How effective, if i had to use it, not going hunting here, would it be?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I've probably read just as many stories of African professional hunters using a shotgun as back-up or to go into the brush after a wounded cat.

    Alaskan Guides & Game Wardens use 12 Ga pump-guns & Brenneke slugs as Brown bear medicine when packing, around camp, and for animal control.

    On the otherhand, you can't just go around the National Forest shooting every Smokie the Bear you see without a hunting licence & bear permit.
    For the most part, they are far more afraid of you then you are of them.

  3. bgrav321

    bgrav321 Well-Known Member

    Yeah i'm not looking to go hunting bears at all...and the above mentioned one mosied on along after watching me get back in my car...

    I'm not worried about the mosins ability, 7.62 x 54R is capable of taking most if not all things in north america. Just wondering about buckshot in particular.
  4. Girodin

    Girodin Well-Known Member

    What do you mean by bear? Black? Brown? Polar? What is adequate for a black bear might be a very poor choice for a grizz.
  5. RatDrall

    RatDrall Well-Known Member

    A Mossberg 500 or Remington 870, with a short barrel and a sling, would be a fantastic "throwaround" woods gun.

    I would go with a bead sight so that when you drop it on a rock you don't break a fragile adjustable rifle type sight.
  6. 61chalk

    61chalk Well-Known Member

    I've heard of guys killing grizzlies with .12 ga. an slugs. I would use slugs rather than buckshot.
  7. jhco

    jhco Well-Known Member

    good slugs should be effective on most types of bear.
  8. bgrav321

    bgrav321 Well-Known Member

    I'm dealing with black bears in my part of the country. I'm looking to use the gun as a all purpose: home defense, SHTF, and backpacking/woods gun. I trust the power of my mosin, I just want to be sure that a 12 gauge with slugs or 00 buck is capable of taking down an angry black bear, say a mother with cubs.
  9. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    yeah man 3 inch slug should about do it and for black bear for sure i get it back up/slash hiking gun i like to roll with my moss 590 a under folder ak packs nice too.
  10. Rshooter

    Rshooter Well-Known Member

    I know how everybody dislikes PGO's but this might be just the time for a PGO. Sort of a SHTF woods gun loaded with slugs. You would not use it until you know you are in danger of getting mauled so distance would be really short and you should make a hit. I know some guys who fish salmon in bear country carry .44's, one ounce of lead would also seem to work, with more in reserve. Personally I would just prefer to never find out.
  11. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

    There's been a nuisance bear (a black bear) around my in-law's place in the NC mountains lately. My wife is visiting them this weekend- and she's carrying one of the 12 ga. 870 house guns, stoked all the way with Brenneke KOs. It'll do- and more importantly, so will she.

  12. PJR

    PJR Well-Known Member

    I live on the fringes of bear country and we get them occasionally. 9 times out of 10 they just wander away. It's that 10th bear that sometimes causes concern. I have enough experience with buckshot to not trust it for an angry bruin but have faith in Brenneke slugs and my 870.
  13. huntsman

    huntsman Well-Known Member

    I don't know if I new there was more than a slight chance of shooting a bear I think I'd invest of a box of Heavy Field Short Magnums they are 1-1/4 oz and are 2000 ftlbs at 25 yards.
  14. Virginian

    Virginian Well-Known Member

    Over on the handgun forums they are always talking about bear handguns, and I feel that is an oxymoron unless you are going to get him a holster too. I would not want to come face to face with a Brown or other big bear, but if I did I would as soon face it with a 12 gauge 870 as anything else I can think of.
    If I was going hunting them, I would want a rifle, and hopefully the encounter would take place at rifle ranges.
  15. A man with a gun!

    A man with a gun! Well-Known Member

    I own some remote placer claims and the area is thick with black bears. Have an encounter roughly every other day and so far, all have been peaceful with the bear and myself each going our own ways.

    I carry a 870P with the first round 00B as an "attention getter" the remaining rounds are slugs. If it was me or the bear I'd shoot the bear without hesitation. But I gotta admit I'm not too keen on the idea of having to go around a foul smelling-rotting bear carcass every day on my hikes in and out.
  16. Old Guard Dog

    Old Guard Dog Well-Known Member

    Been hiking in the Colorado Rockies and at least twice over the last ten years, after a large forrest fire, there are signs posted about the danger of mountain lions that were displaced because of the fires. I was not armed, but my choice again would be 12 ga with slugs, probably Brenneke.

    I have never seen the cats there, so I don't know how big they are.

    THE DARK KNIGHT Well-Known Member

    Try a 12gauge with Brenneke Black Magic Magnum 3" slugs, it's good bear medicine IMO.
  18. orphanedcowboy

    orphanedcowboy Well-Known Member

    I am really interested in these two statements? Would you care to expound on them?

  19. ElToro

    ElToro Well-Known Member

    maybe he is military or college and cant (easily) have them in his possession.

    when we go car camping in the sierra's, i roll with a cut down beater A5 i got for $150 with buck shot followed by slugs. if i find something cheaper like a beater 1100 or 1187 i would go with that for ease availability of stock and barell and accessory change outs. backpacking, havnt done too much since boy scouts cuz my wifes not really into it, waiting for my 1 yeard old boy to get a bit older, but i will roll with either my .44 or .45 blackhawk with buffalo bore or equivalent hard cast. more concerned about 2 legged predators where i go camping but im not sweating my ammo choices.

    i have seen some african hunting vids of dudes going after leopards with semi auto shotguns and buckshot. there are mtn lions around my house and where i camp. but keeping a shotgun handy is not always easy. thats why i would feel okay with a hard cast .44 or .45
  20. jojo200517

    jojo200517 Well-Known Member

    When I read "attention getter" my mind immediately goes to "just enough to turn a bear that has raised up on its hind legs showing he is the boss into a really pissed off beast on the charge". Granted it will do some great damage i'd assume but it will spread out and every pellet might not hit. When your face to face with a pissed off bear i'd think the futher away the better and slugs will offer more range. If you make the decision to HAVE to shoot chances are that just like many other self defense situation your going to have to shoot to kill. I wouldn't carry a rubber bullet as the first one in the chamber in my pistol for self defense, so I wouldn't carry any less of a shotgun round than I thought absolutely necessary to do the job. Were not talking about hunting birds or something here were talking something that could rip you limb from limb and litterly eat you.

    African big cats are different. I hear about the people carrying shotgun as backup and hunting with double rifle. I call that insane. No way would I go at a lion or any other extreme game with only 2 shots. I go with the more is better theory so I'd probably want something "of the belt fed variety" mounted to the vehicle.

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