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5.56mm AP rounds versus a Bear

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by chagasrod, Apr 25, 2012.

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  1. chagasrod

    chagasrod Member

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    This is a question for the hunters out there:

    Sorry if this question sounds stupid as i am not a hunter;

    Can the 5.56 Green tips stop a bear?

    Just curious.
     
  2. longdayjake

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    Depends On the bear. Black bear is no problem. Grizzly? Maybe not.
     
  3. Rail Driver

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    I live in black bear country. I keep my AR loaded with M855, but that's for 2 legged critters. I keep a pair of slugs in my 12ga double in case of bear problems (very little chance of that, but you never know).
     
  4. chagasrod

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    Thanks for the reply longdayjake;
    These rounds with penetrate light armor but not kill a grizzly bear?
    Damn
     
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    Maybe with an eyeball shot!
     
  6. Sergeant Sabre

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    "Green tip", actually M855, is not armor piercing by design nor by legal definition. They were designed to penetrate both sides of a Soviet steel helmet at 600yds. M995 is armor piercing ammunition. It is identified by a black tip, and has a tungsten carbide penetrator.

    Neither of these are good choices for bear.
     
  7. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    While there IS an example of a full auto m-16 being used by a native American to STOP a bear, it's NOT a legal caliber in ANY state south of Alaska I'm aware of. I'm doubting it was a legal HUNTING caliiber there either.
     
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