Originally Posted by Norwegian
Thanks for answers!
Yes I was thinking about somewhere around 20-30 meters.
So you think the pump is the way to go? Heard that alaskan guides carries 870 loaded with slugs, is that true?
Are there any reports of slugs killing bears?
Is there a big difference between 3" and 3,5" slugs in terms of stopping power and energy produced?
I had a good scare from a momma black with 2 cubs while fishing Yakitat back in 1999.
The gun my guide recommended was the .44 Mag pushing 340 grain solids in a DA revolver no longer than 4". Both the caliber and barrel length surprised me but he'd been guiding both Salmon and Big Game for awhile and told me the few armed folks who had been taken by bears were found with either a shotty still strapped to their back or a "hog leg magnum" half out of the holster.
From what I gather, if your targeted by a Bear, you will be lucky to have 10 yards between you when you realize the danger, which equals about a second or two before impact.
I went with an S&W 629 Mountain Gun and practice cowboy style "from the hip" quick draws at a 4' x 4' sheet of plywood at 5 to 10 yards.