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What Gun For Bears?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Art Eatman, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. MaxP

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    They’re more comfortable than having 4-lbs hanging from your waste. There are scant few belt holsters made for revolvers sporting optics and chest rigs are the best option especially if you are putting in the miles. Plus you can sit comfortably while wearing a chest rig.
     
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  2. Alaskan Ironworker

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    I suppose I am used to wearing bolt bags all day, so mine is a biased argument. My point is the more discomfort you can tolerate, the more successful you will be in the woods, or anywhere for that matter.
     
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  3. CraigC
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    For me the major benefit of the chest rig is that it is worn over all your clothing, rather than under it like a belt. It also places it right there where you can easily grab it unencumbered, rather than having to open a coat. As noted above, it also works better for a handgun wearing optics. I wear belt rigs all the time but the chest rig definitely has its advantages. It's not simply about weight distribution.
     
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  4. leeroy71

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    What gun for bears. I don't think I would give a gun to a bear, personally. But...since they seem to have shorter arms, I would go with something youth sized in length of pull. However, they are stout built so caliber shouldn't be an issue. Probably should let the bear decide.


    Sorry. Couldn't resist.
     
  5. MCgunner

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    Lol, beat me to it;)
     
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  7. Garandimal

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    When the ole .270 Win starts to feel a little puny...

    Another hunter put it best when he said, "...the 150 gr. .270 Winchester is fine for all the game in Alaska... except when you have to cross an alder filled bottom, where you've seen several grizzlies, to get to it."


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    - 9.3x62mm cartridge compared to a .308 Winchester -



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  8. tws3b2

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    If you are talking hunting black bear. Wich most bear hunters do in this country. 30 06 will get the job done fine. It will take down any game in this country if you put the shot in the right place. If you talking about brown or grizz you could go a little larger if you feel the need. But, its still the same. " If you put the shot in the right place ". If you can't put the shot in the right place you don't need to shoot. Placement is just as important or more than caliber.
     
  9. Gerald Dickerson

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    I picked up a CZ 550 FS in 9.3 x 62 about 5 years ago, figured with good bullets it would handle all I'd ever need to handle with proper loads at least, at the time there was a piece of land in Eastern NC in the Family where some decent Black Bears hung out, unfortunately the land was sold before I got a chance to poke an old Bear with it.

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  10. Garandimal

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    Nice.

    My "alder filled bottom" rifle.

    Ruger African 9.3x62
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  11. NWOBHM

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    What for bears?

    4” S&W .500
    Or the 7 3/4 barrel. Can’t lose.
    700gr lead flat tops.

    Or 350gr hornady penetrtaors w the plastic tip.

    Or a 10mm
    Or a 44mag.

    Anything that has enough power to rip bone from those behemoths.
    A 45 or less would probably not work as well as u would like.

    Personal pref, and first hand experience used.

    Be prepared, in the wild!

    Or a nice .308 rifle
     
  12. CraigC
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    The 700gr bullets are a lot for nothing but added recoil. They're going to perform much more poorly than those in the 400-500gr range.

    The only Hornady bullet with a plastic tip is the 300gr FTX and it is NOT a penetrator. Nor is any other Hornady handgun bullet.

    Both poor choices in bullets. A 440gr WFN, Barnes Buster, Lehigh WFN or Grizzly Punch is going to be infinitely better.
     
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  13. SharpDog

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    And, of course, the 2A ensures the Right to Arm Bears ... :D
     
  14. catman

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    44 mag or a 870 with slug or heavy buck shot period. Bears are big and will rush to get you. You better be ready, they will come out of nowhere to check you out and get you. I know I have seen it, it happens very very fast. They are at the top of the food chain..
     
  15. thamilton

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    For black bears 75 yards and under,I always use a 12 gauge slug. Have yet to have one run more than 15 yards before hittin the dirt.
     
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