Bear Country Hiking - revolver or semi-auto handgun?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Marthor, Jul 24, 2013.

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  1. Marthor

    Marthor New Member

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    I think the advantage of semi-auto is higher capacity and faster reload. The advantage of revolver is higher reliability.

    Since bears don't travel in packs, you're probably only dealing with one bear. Even a mother with cubs, you'll only be dealing with the mother. So, I'm thinking revolver is the better choice of handgun overall for bear country hiking.
     
  2. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    Another bear tread. Take some time and run some searchs first. Blackies are not a big deal, grizzlies !! Flip a coin, if you need a gun and have the baddest thing ever made at the ready will it work?? All depend on your situational awearness.
     

  3. johnr1943

    johnr1943 New Member

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    If it is black bears, I wouldn't be particularly concerned. Don't happen upon ANY bear by surprise if you can help it. A mom anywhere near her cub(s) is bad juju. If you are perceived as any kind of a threat, you may be in deep yogurt.

    Brown bears... all bets are off. Twelve ga. pump may work here.

    Check with the area attendent to see IF any bear have/are around is always a goood start. Of course, be sure to check your legal options first. :)
     
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  4. bigjim

    bigjim New Member

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    As many are going to tell you, "GET BEAR SPRAY".

    end of post.

    Jim
     
  5. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We are humans. Bears are animals. We live in houses. Bears live in the forest. If a bear mauls you in your living room, that is a bear attack. If a bear mauls you in the forest, you were trespassing.
    (Spin on shark attack joke.)
     
  6. Anna_Purna

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    Not sure why some of ya think a black bear is no big deal??? Care to elaborate?
    While bear hunting, I watched a 300 Winchester Magnum rip through the vitals of a 6 foot tall black bear that then proceeded to destroy all the all the vegetation and tree limbs in reach, all the while biting at its side as if it was being stung by hornets. If a handgun stops a person only about 30 percent of the time, it wont stop a black bear that is stalking you comes charging out of the woods only feet away. You wont get many shots off at it, and most of you will have soiled yourself before you even think to bring the gun up. I'm just sayin'.
     
  7. firelooker

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    I asked this same question several yrs ago & was told by many to carry my .44 mag Taurus tracker for bear protection although no handgun except maybe one of those new hand cannons is adequate for bear.
     
  8. Overkill0084

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    Your forgetting the other advantage that revolvers have: The easy availability of much higher power chamberings than a semi-autos. (the big Desert Eagles & .460 Rowlands are fairly rare.)
     
  9. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    In my very little bit of gun knowledge, I would say a .44 magnum revolver and a few well placed shots.
     
  10. kryptar19

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    10mm with some hot loads in it. This would work well for a semi-auto.

    454 casual for a revolver.
     
  11. duddie10

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    Revolver in 50bmg. No worries you dident need your hand or arm or sholder. Lol an old guy at my last job lived in alaska for 10 years, and when him and his friends weny hunting one carried a 44mag and the other carried a 45-70 revolver. Idk how long they have been making them in 45-70. Must be one hell of a kick.
     
  12. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    Send a private message to Orangello. He will entertain your question.
     
  13. John_Deer

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    There are very few recorded black bear attacks. Unless you are in an area where people feed the bears or you are messing with cubs the black bear wants to run just as bad as you do.
     
  14. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    Blacks very seldom attack. If they do a fit human can often fight them off. If attacked by a black you fight. If attacked by a grizzly you play dead(so you start getting used to it).
     
  15. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I voted revolver, because the bear will have a harder time crapping out a large-framed revolver. Kill them; kill them all.

    Brown, Black, White, or calico, they are all evil in his sight. ;)

    So, I guess you don't swat insects outside? EFFF that!

    If a bear mauls you in your living room, you should repurpose it to a killing room and break out a chainsaw. If a bear mauls you in the forest, it's because you should have already killed it and its cubs.
     
  16. Anna_Purna

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_bear_attacks_in_North_America

    http://ext.nrs.wsu.edu/publications/Blackbears1.htm

    " Black bear attacks are much more common in the United States than are grizzly bear attacks. "



    Black bears DO attack. When they attack, it is mostly for wanting you as food, or as already said, by the mother bear protecting her young. And older ones in their last years where normal meat has become hard to hunt, are often recorded as the ones attacking humans. But hey, what do I know. ;)

    Feel free to armchair quarterback, but your wrong advice can get someone killed.
     
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  17. hardluk1

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    anna_purna How a animal reacts when shot has nothing to do with how it will treat you. Nothing. I say there not a big deal do the fact I have hunted black bear and been around them for 36 years in the woods. I also know most of the cartridges we use for defense will do on a bear just stay with a heavy bullet weight for cartridge. If one deside it just has to eat you treat it just like a 250lb crack head and dump a mag or cylinder into it. Other wise it my tend to act just like a 6 year old see'n some bad guy jumping out of a closet for the first time. 300 mag "rips thru" the vitals.. Really? Make it all so dramatic. Does the same thing with a arrow at 10 yards . Nothing a 9mm 40 , 45 or 357 mag revolver would do . Had bear start my tree stands too. Scared the bear way more than me. Just don't sneak around in the woods . Be natural . walk don't stalk and a bear will hear you befopre you see it most times and it will woff or bark at you. Carry bear spray for the wacked out bear and enjoy a day with nature.
     
  18. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Carry a saiga 12 loaded (maybe a nice AR in .500 Beowulf for the Barbie boys] with good slugs and help the next several people enjoy a nice bear-free woodland experience too.
     
  19. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Sitting in a tree stand and shooting at a bear down below that doesn't know you are there isn't really 'hunting' in my book. I can do the same with fish all day. ;)
    But thanks for the vast experience sharing. :D
     
  20. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    What about throwing steaks with nails in them to the bears at the park? Hunting? Charity? Good planning?
    :D