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Old 06-20-2012, 04:12 AM   #31
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It was over 50 years ago since I was in Alaska but I carried a 12 gauge with Brenneke slugs or a Marlin 336T in 35 Rem. The 44 mag was available but most of the guides did not think much of them. Now a 44mag carbine might be worthwhile. That would be the same power level as a 454 Casull revolver and probably not much heavier. Easier to shoot also.

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:25 AM   #32
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An ex marine killed a bear with a log, look it up. Think 3-4 years ago. If the bear is coming at me his head will be facing me. O well, I would never have just the 9, thats the fun part of talking " what ifs "

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The only thing I own that I think might stand up and deliver against a charging bear would be my .450 marlin. Even then shot placement would be critical. 9mm, .40 s&w, .45acp, .45lc...I would feel undergunned with all those calibers. The 12 guage, maybe with some 3 1/2's (3" slug or 3 1/2 buck)

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Old 06-20-2012, 11:35 AM   #34
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Just seeing large predators close up without a cyclone fence between you when you realize that they could turn is always sobering and makes you feel undergunned.

Yeah, I've kept a short Mossberg 12 ga. with 3" plated 000 Buckshot on hand too.

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Old 06-20-2012, 11:35 AM   #35
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Default Bear scat........

The last I heared there was a dead gris that died of lead poisoning, They did a necropsy on him and found that he was shot with every thing a hunter had in his arsenal......People in alaska don't carry pea shooters and neather should you........

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I have shot 2 blackbears with my handgun. I carry a .45 flattop with 275 gr Keith SWC's at about 1100 fps. Blackies are not all that big and for the most part are thin skinned. HOWEVER. In the charge mode, cancel out the first description. They become 350 to 800 pounds of raging determination. Many many bears have been killed and when skinned, found to be carrying numerous small bullets that did not penetrate the fat layers. If you are going to go into bear habitat, then be proficient with your weapon. I would not step out of the vehicle with a pistol that didnt start with 4. Shotguns are better. Common sense isnt so common any more.

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I once killed a bear with a swiss army knife and a thunder cookie true story

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I once killed a bear with a swiss army knife and a thunder cookie true story
Which blade?
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Which blade?
Was it the leather punch????
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Cork screw and the toothpick

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