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Old 02-23-2014, 06:51 PM   #51
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If you are "hugged" reaching down your side will be nearly impossible.
"hugged"? A grizz won't be hugging you. It'll knock you down and then be chewing your head. Before that happens, you'll be wishing you had a shotgun with the plug out.

For the OP, this is the animal you asked about:


I like a slinged short-barreled 12 ga. when I'm sleeping out in bear country....with the plug out.
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when in bear country, you are much lower on the food chain. a bear may simply view you as dinner when you're in their territory.

seeing video of bears moving, they are much faster than people might think for an animal that large.
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If you get a shotgun, make sure you get Brenneke slugs not Foster's. Foster's are meant for deer not big bears and dont have enough penetration. I agree with the poster that said dont sling it. You wont have time to unsling. I carried mine in my hand whether it was convenient or not.
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I recommend staying away from the bears.
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I recommend ya'll stop reading hunting magazines.
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I recommend ya'll stop reading hunting magazines.
i take all my bear tips from Daniel Boone!

or Davy Crockett..........
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i take all my bear tips from Daniel Boone!

or Davy Crockett..........
My Italian mom named my after Daniel Boone.
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What team did he play on? lol
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Bruins. My dad was stationed in Massachusetts.
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Thanks for all the input everyone. The 12ga or a 45-70 lever gun was pretty much what I had planned on, I've already got a Mossberg 500 with a 20in barrel, but it seems like that is going to turn into a ton of weight when you consider that one may be carrying several days worth of equipment or a packed out animal or fishing rods, or an entirely different hunting rifle etc so I was thinking a pistol would be nice. But like axe said, carry accordingly. Also just throwing this out there, I have a ruger american rifle in 30-06, with the exception of bears will this caliber suffice for the majority of game species there or should I consider upgrading the choice of caliber?
You need to think about weight vs caliber. A lever gun is very heavy compared to a bolt. .30-06 w/ a heavy 200-220gr has quite a bit of recoil. If you want light weight, something like a 9.3-57 would deliver the same performance at 50 yards, more at 100 yards then .30-06.
A better option would be 9.3-62. it has over 3000fpe at 50 yards. it has more the either I mentioned above at 150 yards then they do at 50 yards. Recoil can be heavy, but it is intended for dangerous game.

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.30-06 has taken large game on every single continent on earth, and in damn near every country. It has taken every species of what is considered "large and dangerous" game, from mountain lions, Rhinos, Cape Buffalo, to Polar Bears and elephants.

Is it the BEST for everything, or even some specific game? Hell no. But it's proven that it's up to the task, everywhere and for everything.
It is only legal for plains game in Africa, not dangerous game. That is only with a 180gr well constructed bullet. There is a reason.

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Bears are good size but a moose is huge. I have seen 180/200 gr 30/06 bullets go through a moose. A 30/06 isn't the best bear rifle but it is 10x better than any pistol, even the X frame loads. A bear can run 35 mph for a short distance. If you are between a sow and her cubs the 30/06 in your hand is far better than anything else at that moment. It's not like a movie were the bear rears up and growls at you. She is going to come at you like a linebacker.

Wrong bullet, no penetration w/ a .30-06
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On tv, I saw a guy shoot a bear with a 12 guage and it dropped like a rock. Looked like about 100 yards. He did say he was using a rifled slug barrel for accuracy.
What kind of bear??

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I would recommend either a .357 or .44 magnum. .44 if

you are strong enough to handle it.
You take them out, really. You will be bear snack.

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Bruins. My dad was stationed in Massachusetts.

Poor Guy!!
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