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Bear Country Hiking - revolver or semi-auto handgun?


View Poll Results: Which is better for bear country hiking?
Semi-auto handgun 6 13.04%
Revolver 40 86.96%
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:53 AM   #81
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Hey Anna......so tell us, that bear that you saw get shot in the vitals with the 300 Win Mag.......how long did he last after that? I assume he did succumb? Follow-up shots?
I would say about 40 seconds before he was finished. There was one follow up shot with a 338 that went through its fur but didn't fully connect. We were on a north slope with a lot of deadfall and there weren't a lot of chances for a followup shot after his initial roll and then rampage. But while there, live, it seemed more like minutes to have to hear it.

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Holy Crap! You mean a 338 Lapua?
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Carry this and you mite live
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I voted revolver, (As in 44 REM MAG, or 454 Casull) but,

as with many things in my less than normal life, it's a

good question, with a trick answer.

Ever since the inception of the poorly fated "Automag",

I've wanted an Auto with hi caliber power. The Desert Eagle

in .44 Mag has become my "guilty pleasure" gun, and it is

surprisingly dependable. On the off chance that I piss off a

bear while camping, I think it will do.

But as others have stated pepper spray, and air horns will

many times keep you safe. One trick I use in bear country,

I tape the bear pepper spray to the top of my walking staff.

My companion has the air horn taped to the top of hers.

If I wanted to kill bears, I'd hunt them.
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I think the advantage of semi-auto is higher capacity and faster reload. The advantage of revolver is higher reliability.

Since bears don't travel in packs, you're probably only dealing with one bear. Even a mother with cubs, you'll only be dealing with the mother. So, I'm thinking revolver is the better choice of handgun overall for bear country hiking.
I depends on 'which' bear your are talking about.
Black bear or Brown bear!!!!
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Just in case it hasn't been said enough.....
There is no sure fire gun, bang stick, or can that will keep you safe from a bear. Your best defense is not being a dumb@ss and being aware of your surroundings. If you are surprised by a bear, you're bettin your life at what's your hands or the holster, pick what YOU'RE comfortable with.
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Holy Crap! You mean a 338 Lapua?
no, it was a winchester magnum
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Maybe a bazooka with "meat-seeking" missiles.
A super Blackhawk?
Or the old trick of bringing along a friend, and carry a Raven .22
If a bear starts coming for you, shoot your friend in both knees, then run for cover.
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I would say about 40 seconds before he was finished. There was one follow up shot with a 338 that went through its fur but didn't fully connect. We were on a north slope with a lot of deadfall and there weren't a lot of chances for a followup shot after his initial roll and then rampage. But while there, live, it seemed more like minutes to have to hear it.
A video would be freakin lovely, but I guess that camera isn't what I would be reaching for either.
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Ya know how when you are in the mountains and want to take a pic, and you can never find a good clearing to take the picture without all the tree branches in the way? Thats how this was, once the initial shot was fired, the bears position with the trees between us made it almost impossible to get a second shot. After all, it was just a black bear.
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