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Old 05-09-2012, 02:42 AM   #1
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Hey guys I'm new to this hole internet thread thing. I'm moveing to alaska this month and I'm planning on buying a glock 29 for bear and all other self defense means as I will be carrying it mainly. So my question is: what is the best ammunition I can buy for bear and what is the most secure site to buy from at a good price.

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Old 05-09-2012, 02:55 PM   #2
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I like Speer gold dot or hornady critical defense. And remember rule # 2 double tap. And if it's a big bear repeat step 2 as needed.

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Personally I would dump the entire clip into the charging bear and then change my pants.

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As much as I like the Glock pistol, if you are moving to Alaska and plan on purchasing a handgun for the sole purpose of Alaska bear protection, there are far better choices in handguns than the Glock. I would suggest at the very least a Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan in .44 Magum or better .454 Casull. It has been proven in many encounters with bears that they can absorb a tremendous amount of punishment, especially when hungry and pi$$ed off, and feel their space has been intruded upon.

Another good choice is the "compact" version of the Smith & Wesson .500 Magnum. A 4" model can be carried in a hip holster quite comfortably, and can deliver bear stopping performance when required. Any type of Magnum revolver loaded with the proper high performance ammunition is going to be a far better choice than any auto pistol when it comes to Alaskan bear defense.

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Not a good choice. The handgun, not the move to Alaska.

Have you seen the SIZE of those things? The bears, not the handgun.

Would START at .44 Magnum, however if you talk to folks that have lived there, a 12 g shotgun is MUCH preferred over a handgun.

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I wouldn't choose a G29 as an "Alaskan" woods gun. Elsewhere it could be great, but I'd probably have something a little stronger specifically for when I headed into Brown Bear country.

The best large predator 10mm defense round is probably going to be a hot-loaded and heavy hard-cast FMJ. Begin your search at Buffalo Bore's website.

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Here's a site that lists several distributors, 18 to be exact, click on store list. I've never had a problem buying ammo online...

http://www.ammoengine.com/find/ammo_stats/handgun

Cruise around it a bit, I just linked the handgun ammo page...

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Thanx for the help guys. I jus got done reading about people getting in trouble in alaska for shooting bears out of season even in self defense without video or injury evidense. Anyone know if this is true in most parts of alaska.

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Well, it has been some time since I lived there, but in ALL of Alaska, the word was you could kill a man and get away with it. Don't fish without a license, do not kill moose, caribou or bear out of season. Jail in Alaska sucked. One of our UH-1 pilots made a forced landing, wolverine did not like him being in that clearing, pilot shot wolverine. Damn near went to prison.

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Not a good choice. The handgun, not the move to Alaska.

Have you seen the SIZE of those things? The bears, not the handgun.

Would START at .44 Magnum, however if you talk to folks that have lived there, a 12 g shotgun is MUCH preferred over a handgun.
And as a 3rd choice two 33 round 9mm mags for that Glock. If the other two well recommended options are frozen up by your polar adventure.
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