Faceoff with a grizzly!

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by HawkI, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. .30-06

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  2. 12 gauge

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  3. .357 Magnum

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  4. .44 Magnum

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  5. .303 British

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  6. 7.62x51/.308 Winchester

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  7. 7.62x54r

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  8. .45 ACP

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  1. HawkI

    HawkI New Member

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    scenario: you are alone in the wilderness ans spot a bear. Unfortunately, it also spots you. The grizzly is 50 yards away and closing and you bravely/foolishly stand your ground. You have only one weapon, which cartridge would want by your side in this life or death situation? Please vote in the poll, but explanations are also welcome.
     

  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    12 g. Slugs. Short range, transferred energy- big hole to let air in, blood out.
     
  3. steve666

    steve666 New Member

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    1st choice - 12 ga. W/Ball & Buck rounds, one big hole and a handful of medium ones for each round.
    2nd choice - .308/7.62 NATO, High capacity rifles available, I can get off a 20rd mag in the time it would take to reach me.
     
  4. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    44 mag. Because that is what I carry in the woods. 6 shots as quick as I can pull the trigger.
     
  5. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    06 or 12 ga (slugs). I would prefer not to have to rely on a handgun in this situation, if all else fails I can use the longgun as a club or even a crutch to limp away for help.
     
  6. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    Givin the list, I would opt for the 12 ga. with slugs. If I had another choice, it would be a 45-70 Lever gun (first choice)...


    Jim............
     
  7. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    30/06....But first I'd stun the bear with a flash-bang grenade!! :D
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I agree with the .45-70. My first choice as well. 12 ga slug is too soft and frangible to reliably down a bear. Maybe my Saiga with 10 rd mag full of slugs. I would plan on expending most of the 10 rounds. My .30-06 Rem 7400 Carbine w/10 round mag and red dot will suffice even for close quarters bears.
     
  9. dog2000tj

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  10. stalkingbear

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    I chose the 30-06 in a semiauto with a heavy tough bullet. In that instance you HAVE to break the bear's bone structure down or sever the spine. Simply shooting it, even in a vital area would still result in a mauling. Sure the bear would be dead-but nobody would be around to tell it that it was dead.:rolleyes:
     
  11. joshfireart

    joshfireart New Member

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    I live in GRIZZ country and if i had a choice of guns that would just appear out of thin air it would be the 12 ga. But the 12 ga dose not leave the camp so im going to have to use what, i have on me. which depends on what im hunting with deer 7 mag elk 338 win mag grouse 22 long rifle Buckmark. I hope that he just bluffing. A hunter killed a 2 YEAR old grizz last year while packing out a deer, bear charged at fifty yards shot him twice killed the bear went to the game and fish reported it. was a rested went to court lost fined, 500 bucks plus court cost. He did not have pepper spray. The courts have just set a appurtenance. "gosh i hope this is the right word so robocop dosnt chew on me'' Any way you had better have teeth marks on you or at least have tried pepper spray be for you shoot. there is a new product out every hunter & back country user ought to have its called bear flare its under 50 bucks can light fires with it scare animals with it and the slag is safe and not start fires unless you hold it to the wood. If you have to kill an animal after deployment you done every thing you could and you will Win any court case.
     
  12. TOF

    TOF New Member

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    The Mod. 88 Winchester in .308 I have hunted with for the past 49 years will do the job for me.

    I don't plan on waiting till a charging Bear is in pistol or shotgun range if I don't have to.

    .308's are very effective at ten paces if the Bear is allowed to get that close.
     
  13. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I'll go with the 12ga based upon my father's report. When he was flying the Arctic, he had plenty of opportunities to talk with bush pilots. Their weapon of choice was a 12ga loaded with birdshot first, then slugs. Birdshot to blind the bear and then slugs to bring it down.
     
  14. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    .12 guage with slugs. Pump or auto.
     
  15. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I believe the word you were looking for is "precedent". And, while we are on the topic, it is "arrested". Just as in human encounters, it is better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6...or eaten by one.
     
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  16. Gatekeeper

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    Shoot first, Field dress and skin, season with the pepper spray, cook over a signal fire.
    String the claws into a cool necklace while you wait for the Fish and Game guys to bring the beer.
    Bon Appetit!
     
  17. Bigdog57

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    My Rem870 12 gauge - got the 8-round mag tube. Load with slugs. I can rack/bang pretty quick - eight one-ounce slugs of lead into the neck area - won't be much spinal column left by the time he plows into me....... Yeah, I know how fast those big bruins can run!
     
  18. RTMiller

    RTMiller New Member

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    I have a S&W 460 XVR.

    Can't I drop a grizzly with that and some Hornady's 200-gr FTX's or some HSM 300-gr? (I'm assuming that when its charging I don't sh&t myself and pass out).
     
  19. TOF

    TOF New Member

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    I don't want to HAVE to count on high capacity when facing a charging Grizzly or similar danger. If you haven't done a pretty good job by round 2 you may not get a chance for round 3.

    For you guy's that selected pistols: Most rounds fired from pistols by LE personnel under pressure miss their target and their opponent is not out to eat them. :eek: