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taltamir 06-26-2010 03:02 AM

self defense while camping
 
What kind of gun, and what caliber, should one carry while camping?
In case you are attacked by a large predator, such as a bear.

CA357 06-26-2010 03:08 AM

I haven't had any run ins with bears when camping. But I feel okay with my short barreled 12ga, loaded with slugs.

freefall 06-26-2010 05:27 AM

I personally like a handgun in a serious caliber inside the tent with me in case the bear comes in through the side of the tent. Hard to swing even a short long gun in a tent unless it's huge (the tent). If it grabs you by the head you're just screwed, so not much point in worrying about that.

danf_fl 06-26-2010 07:48 AM

We have a couple of bears in some areas. You never know who or what will drop in. A rabid skunk, a couple of snakes, 2 legged varmints, or pigs. Prepare for the worse, and hope for the best.

A large caliber handgun, revolver, with a shotshell or two, and lead bullets in the cylinder.

taltamir 06-26-2010 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by danf_fl (Post 306268)
A large caliber handgun, revolver, with a shotshell or two, and lead bullets in the cylinder.

why lead?
what is something inexpensive and relatively light/small to carry around with you at all times that can stop a bear? I wouldn't want to have to run looking for my shotgun since a bar can outrun me.

A5Mag12 06-26-2010 04:18 PM

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Originally Posted by taltamir (Post 306344)
why lead?
what is something inexpensive and relatively light/small to carry around with you at all times that can stop a bear? I wouldn't want to have to run looking for my shotgun since a bar can outrun me.

That would depend totally on the bear. A sub 200lb black bear and a 38/357 would do fine. Any bear much over that and I'll be wanting a 41/44 mag. And you need to have shot 1000 rds. through the gun before you depend on it to save your life.

danf_fl 06-26-2010 04:23 PM

Hollow points don't work too well on bear, FMJ does not deform enough. Lead is what I prefer.

taltamir 06-26-2010 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by A5Mag12 (Post 306351)
That would depend totally on the bear. A sub 200lb black bear and a 38/357 would do fine. Any bear much over that and I'll be wanting a 41/44 mag. And you need to have shot 1000 rds. through the gun before you depend on it to save your life.

thank you, I will do that.

freefall 06-26-2010 05:21 PM

I use 300 gr hard cast lead in my .44. Never shot a bear with it, can't say how they'll perform. Going to load up some Speer 270 gr JSPs see how they compare in unscientific test media.

jpattersonnh 06-26-2010 07:11 PM

Bears that raid camping areas are not the nasty type. I carry my old Ontario combat knife and my .357 w/ 158gr sp's.


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