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What gun/load for bears?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by IMtheNRA, Dec 24, 2002.

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  1. IMtheNRA

    IMtheNRA Member

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    Hehehehehehehehehehehehehehe.......

    Sorry guys, I just HAD to be the first to post this one...
     
  2. Hkmp5sd

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    The minimum would be a Browning M2.:)
     
  3. Wildalaska

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    Rifle, pistol or shotgun?
     
  4. Schuey2002

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    It depends on which particular kind of bear that you are hunting.

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

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    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.

    GL
     
  6. dd-b

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    .357 Magnum revolver with the front sight filed off, of course.
     
  7. No4Mk1*

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    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.
     
  8. Neil Casper

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    Hkmp5sd,
    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
     
  9. PATH

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    I have it on good authority that bears love. 357.;)
     
  10. Preacherman

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    AAAAAARGH!!! NOT AGAIN???
     
  11. Nosferatu

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    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:
     
  12. Tamara

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    Something with a trick corrosion-resistant finish; possibly teflon-coated, to make wiping honey off easier. :)
     
  13. ms1200

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    black bears......44mag

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


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

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    Vote for Mouse guns !

    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. ;)
     
  15. Sisco

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    Bears are not allowed have guns. The constitution reads "Keep and bear arms", not "Arm & keep bears"
    :p
     
  16. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Member In Memoriam

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    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
     
  17. IRock

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    Yogi carries a 454 Casull in a shoulder hoster when he wears a vest, or when going natural carries it in a picanic basket.
     
  18. 10-Ring

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    I would think a bear would be happier w/ a picnic basket rather than a firearm.
     
  19. nemesis

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    Support Your Right To Arm Bears!
     
  20. Gewehr98

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    Like Nosferatu said...

    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
     
  21. buttrap

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    From what I have seen bears usualy prefer tree marking paint,sterno stove fuel and wine coolers over guns.
     
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    Try .50AE

    At a buck a pull you better hit the bear :)
     
  23. Zorro

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    Probably a Harpoon!

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

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

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    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.
     
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