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Old 02-17-2012, 01:43 AM   #11
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I don't live in "bear country" thank heavens, but i would think accuracy would also be important. I doubt the bear would be willing to wait while your wrist recovers from the first couple of rounds from a hand cannon.

Not to be a dick, but if you need something larger than a .44mag handgun for protection, why not use your hunting rifle or sling a 12 guage pump with some slugs?
Yeah, this makes sense to me. I would agree with this.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:43 AM   #12
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A 44 mag is plenty of power for a black bear. The guy you mentioned in your story is a knucklehead. I have been camping, hiking, and hunting for many years. I have spent many days in very remote areas in black bear country.

Your chances of running into a black bear you would have to shoot is extremely rare....especially if you are hiking and camping smart and not creating situations that increase your likelihood of an encounter. Avoidance should be your first priority. Your second should be some way to stop an encounter without making the situation worse (I.e. bear spray). Last resort should be the use of deadly force....and if that is the case you best make damn sure you can hit your mark. You may only get one shot....especially if you piss a bear off. Been many dead people laying next to a hand cannon. 12 gauge as mentioned before would be choice #1. It can even make a Grizzly stop it's attack and is not unruly to shoot and follow-up with a second shot. I would much rather have a .357mag I can make more than one shot and be accurate with than a 44mag that I can only get off one shot.

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Old 02-17-2012, 02:37 AM   #13
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as stated before...44 mag w/240 gr. hp

shooting my hand loads @ 50 yds into pumpkins my .44 mag made much more impressive holes than the 2 different 12 gauges my buddies were shooting.

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A bear giving you 50 yards to set up a shot is unlikely at best. .44 mag is good, but a good sized can of pepper spray would be just as important for trying to prevent an attack.

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44mag will suffice for black bears, large wolves, cougars. I'd question the credibility of anyone that tells you different.

Truth be told, 45lc, 41mag, 357mag, or 10mm could also suffice the vast majority of the time. But 44mag would be the safest practical bet, provided you shoot it well.

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Iv killed a black bear w a bow, iv killed one w a 454 cassull, and 2 w a rifle. One required a finishin shot w a pistol. I used a 44 mag loaded w 240 gr winchester jhp. It worked like a charm. It was a 5 foot head shot on a crippled bear though. I carry a model 83 454 Freedom arms now and im comfortable w it. Iv hunted w a 454 for a couple years now and i like it. It took me quite awhile to get used to it though.

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Not that I hunt bears but I have a Winchester carbine in 44mag that I have worked up a load in. I'm shooting 240gr. hornady xtp over 24 gr. of h110. Am I correct in assuming this would work as well or better than out of a handgun? As in more fps? I don't have a chrony yet. I only use this gun as a packing rifle when I hike so I guess what I really want to know is do I have enough gun if I encounter a grizzly?

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Not that I hunt bears but I have a Winchester carbine in 44mag that I have worked up a load in. I'm shooting 240gr. hornady xtp over 24 gr. of h110. Am I correct in assuming this would work as well or better than out of a handgun? As in more fps? I don't have a chrony yet. I only use this gun as a packing rifle when I hike so I guess what I really want to know is do I have enough gun if I encounter a grizzly?
Yep, that load you use would work just fine in a handgun. My pet load is the 240-grain Hornady XTP behind 23.5 grains of H110. It averages around 1300fps. I would estimate that your load averages around 1500 fps out of your rifle.
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I will be sticking with my .44 mag. I will continue to shoot it and become familiar and comfortable with the feel of it. It was a fun gun to shoot after I learned how to manage the recoil.

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Just record the Racking of a 12 ga. and play it back LOUD when needed... OH wait that only works for Home Defence.. A .44 mag will work fine as most other Cal. will, as long as you can hit what your aiming at..consider the size and weight of a large gun that you'll be lugging around and most likely never use it..

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