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.410 enough gun for Grizzlies??????

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hillbilly, Oct 15, 2003.

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  1. hillbilly

    hillbilly Member

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    Just reading this gives me the willies........Yee-haw, indeed.

    hillbilly


    http://www.dailyinterlake.com/NewsE...mmand=search&db=news.db&eqskudata=0-734891-41

    Two aggressive grizzly bears have been shot, one by a hunter and one by a Fortine homeowner.
    A Kalispell man shot a stalking grizzly bear in the Swan Mountains and a Fortine man shot a grizzly at close range, narrowly escaping as the bear charged from a chicken coop.

    James Beeman picked up a .410-gauge shotgun when he went outside his Fortine-area home to investigate a commotion from his chicken coop around 4 a.m. Sunday.

    Wearing a headlamp and expecting a skunk, Beeman saw two bear cubs run from the damaged door of the chicken coop. Then an adult grizzly bear emerged with a chicken in its mouth.

    The bear dropped the chicken and charged from 15 feet. Beeman fired, with the muzzle of the gun roughly three feet from the bear, which crumpled to ground, dead at Beeman's feet.

    It turned out to be an astounding shot, considering a .410 is a light gun and the shell contained a light load typically used for quail hunting.

    But it hit the bear squarely in the nose, the only soft, vulnerable place on a grizzly skull. Pellets likely penetrated the length of the nasal cavity to the brain. The wad from the shell was imbedded in the bear's nose.

    "What's the likelihood of that?" said Ed Kelly, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden captain in Kalispell. "I know guys with .375s who couldn't have made a kill like that. He's just a lucky, lucky guy."

    Kelly said the shooting was a "justifiable case of self defense."

    The bear was a 350-pound female.

    Warden Jim Roberts and Tim Manley, the grizzly bear management specialist in Northwest Montana, have been pursuing the bear's two cubs-of-the-year. At one point, the cubs were chased high up a tree, too high to dart with sedatives because of the risk of them being hurt in a fall.
     
  2. Bill Hook

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    At least use some slugs in that thing!!!

    Time to get a .45-70 instead.
     
  3. Cosmoline

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    All this time--all I needed was an old H&R shotgun!
     
  4. TheeBadOne

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    Shot placement Shot placement Shot placement...
     
  5. jsalcedo

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    It goes to show the importance of being prepared.
     
  6. TallPine

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    It goes to show the importance of being lucky, too :)

    This time it was the bear who ran into Mr Murphy.
     
  7. C.R.Sam

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    Used what he had.
    And used it to the max.
    Including his luck

    Now have to calm my single .410 down. It's afraid I'll take it bear huntin.

    Sam
     
  8. sm

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    Yeah he had a gun, shot placement was , well he had luck. Just wasn't his time. I betcha the next time he uses a bigger gun and something bigger than quail loads when checking out the chicken coop.

    On a scale of 1-10...pucker factor had to be ,what...18 ? ;)
     
  9. gun-fucious

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    maybe we should pitch in and buy him a .410 saiga
    :evil:
     
  10. Standing Wolf

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    TheeBadOne:

    Yep—and luck, too, sometimes.
     
  11. Silver Bullet

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    Yikes! I'm spending a week near Glacier National Park next year.

    Note to self: buy quail gun for trip. :)
     
  12. Lennyjoe

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    If I was him I'd go play $20 on the lottery:what:
     
  13. Hardtarget

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    A .410?...grizzley ?...DARK...when it was over I bet he threw up everything but his toe nails! I would! :D
    Mark.
     
  14. Preacherman

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    Where did this story originate? Can you provide a link?
     
  15. C.R.Sam

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    http://www.dailyinterlake.com/NewsEngine/SelectStory_AD.tpl?command=search&db=news.db&eqskudata=0-734891-41
    :D

    Sam
     
  16. 7.62FullMetalJacket

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    :banghead: So I guess I can put away the Redhawk and the 45/70 now. All I need is a .410!!! With 8 shot (what, is that about 3 pieces?)
     
  17. HABU

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    Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you!:D :evil:
     
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    "Paw ... I think you need to check your drawers!"
     
  19. Mark Tyson

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    I knew that was coming! LOL

    I'll be this guy went out and bought a cannon for any future encounters.
     
  20. foghornl

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    .410 enough gun for Grizzlies??????


    Not a theory I am willing to test.

    Same as I am not willing to test the theory that a .25ACP is not good for self defense by letting someone shoot me with one.
     
  21. Obiwan

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    Enough for a 350 lb grizzly anyway

    That is more like Black Bear size

    Great shot though
     
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