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Old 09-01-2009, 07:45 PM   #21
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I was on a fishing expedition once out in the boonies in Alaska. We had extened our trip by a day and the outfitter did not did not have a guide available for that last day, so the took us up river and dropped us off with a cooler full of beer and sandwiches.

Later that mroning I am standing on the gravel riverbank casting for salmon, and I look down to see this HUGE bear paw print in the fine gravel/sand between my own feet. The print was so recent you could see where the sharp claws sliced through the sand. Needless to say we all started making lots of loud noise for the rest of the day. I would really have felt better if I had my S&W 629 with me at that time, but all we had was a Swiss Army knife!

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Old 09-01-2009, 09:53 PM   #22
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They used to show feedings of the bears at Yellowstone. They stopped doing that because the bears started connecting humans with food. Go to Denali National Park in AK, I've been on multiple bus tours there and been within 15' of a brown bear while riding the bus. The bear doesn't care at all, they are not evil killing machines. Hikers and those staying overnight can't carry firearms and have to keep all food in bear proof containers and store those containers at least 100' away from their campsites. The idea is keep the bears wild and they don't assume people=food then. Once they do, they have to be put down. Denali has a very good record of safety.

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In the 1st place, anything bigger than a .22 is overkill. After all, you don't have to outrun the bear,you merely have to outrun your "buddy", whom you've just kneecapped with your trusty .22.

Seriously, we're talking last ditch defense firearms where for some reason you've already been disarmed from your long gun. And nothing short of a brain or spinal shot will be effective instantly. In that instance I'd rely on my .454 Casull loaded with hardcast "penetrator" bullet loads.

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They used to show feedings of the bears at Yellowstone. They stopped doing that because the bears started connecting humans with food. Go to Denali National Park in AK, I've been on multiple bus tours there and been within 15' of a brown bear while riding the bus. The bear doesn't care at all, they are not evil killing machines. Hikers and those staying overnight can't carry firearms and have to keep all food in bear proof containers and store those containers at least 100' away from their campsites. The idea is keep the bears wild and they don't assume people=food then. Once they do, they have to be put down. Denali has a very good record of safety.
We will check out Denali, thanks!!
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In the 1st place, anything bigger than a .22 is overkill. After all, you don't have to outrun the bear,you merely have to outrun your "buddy", whom you've just kneecapped with your trusty .22.
You sir, are my hero.
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Alaskan 50 SSK. 50 BMG. 15,000 ft/lbs of energy!!!

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My experience in bear country,,, mostly Canada,,, some in the Rockies,, tells me that a good rifle 30-06 and up is your best bet, followed by a good 12 ga. with hard cast slugs, and then a very heavy pistol. Most of us cannot practice enough with these very heavy pistols and can handle a longarm much better,,,, but any pistol is pretty much better than a sharp stick and a pocketknife. Let the bears know you are around,,, always worked pretty well for me, when hiking, fishing, etc. If I am hunting,, vigilance is of the utmost importance.
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