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Old 04-21-2008, 03:59 PM   #11
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This Story makes a great case for something large calibered, and portable like the .454 Casull or the .454 Alaskan. Both of those revolvers will work well in all types of climates and it packs a load that will definitely penetrate. Granted, this story was out of Canada, not Alaska, but the bears don't really care what flag is flying over the hunting ground.

That said, your primary weapon should be something big and hard hitting as Robo indicated above.

That world record Grizzly that was taken down a couple of years ago got hit with several rounds from a 338-caliber Winchester Magnum according to the debunked urban myths about the report.

Better yet, just stay close to the ski lodge and have a few drinks with the ski bunnies in the club house instead.


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Old 04-24-2008, 08:18 PM   #12
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Self defense pistol caliber ammo, including 10mm, is not designed to penetrate the thick hide, muscle and bone of a large Alaskan bear. The knowledgeable folks I know who live, or have lived in Alaska, recommend a .44 magnum as the minimum caliber.


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When dealing with animals like that though, follow up shots are just as important as a hard hitting round.?????????
My S&W holds 5 rounds so I have 4 follow up shots. As far as killing a brown bear with a 10 mm I`m sure it could be done as I`ve killed several beef that weigh more than the brown bear with a .22 rimfire. If I ever have to face off with a mad brown bear I want all the TKO I can get, and the .500 with a 700 gn. bullet at 1,250 fps has a higher TKO than a .458 Wim mag. with a 300 gn. bullet at 2,500 fps.

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.460 or .500 S&W is what I would want on my hip - and a 12 ga. slug gun over my shoulder! The .460 is very versatile because you can shoot 45 LC or .454 Cas. out of the same gun.

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It would be interesting to check the statistics and see what the majority of brown bears have been stopped with, in terms of handgun loads. I know afisherman who goes to Alaska every few years and he carries a short barreled .44mag.. The S&W .500 is a big heavy revolver that is best carried in a shoulder harness. Personally if I am going to carry that much weight I would probably use a 12ga.

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Forget the glocks and get a good .454 casull. With hardcast bullets,every living animal on earth up to and including elephant has been taken with this round.

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.500 s&w, .460 xvr s&w, ruger .480, taurus raging bull .454 casull

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I might suggest the Ruger Super Redhawk "Alaskan". It has a 2 1/2'' Bbl available in 44 mag or the mighty 454 Casull.For lighter work shoot the 44 Special in the 44 mag or the 45 Colt in the casull.



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