One, IF you put it in the right spot.
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We've had some bear sightings in town and an alleged attack one town over. Theyve been spotted on the golf course where i live and are known to sleep in kitchens and garages during the dead of winter. Im not a hunter but ive put a few injured deer and elk down at work. Ive seen bears on the highway while on patrol and covered a few car vs bear crashes.
For those who hunt alot what do you think?
Is a 180 grain speer gold dot from my shield .40 going to do any good against a brown bear? Two, three, four rounds?
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One, IF you put it in the right spot.
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Dont you have an AR-15 or Rem 870 in the trunk? Id rather confront a bear with that.
I would not want to go face to face with a bear (black or especially brown) with a defensive handgun. Handgun I'd want a minimum of .44 Mag, but preferred weapon would be a 12 gauge loaded with slugs.
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Yep shotgun with slugs
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"Is a 180 grain speer gold dot from my shield .40 going to do any good against a brown bear?"
No, but then you not going to see a brown bear in CO. I just returned from six months in CA and I was surprised to see how many bears showed up in residential areas there, but only the black variety.
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There's lots of good reading here. Remember the drought and fires have severely disrupted the bears feeding cycles, hence there will be more human - bear interactions.
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Gun up, with a shottie with a large # cap mag(Riot shotgun), and alternate with slug, 00buck after the first two slugs.
Even a 300-400 lb. bear is nothing to sneeze at, let alone a more sizeable one.
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Well........until I read it, I figured maybe the Chicago Bears were coming to town and you expected some riots. Brown bears? .40cal pistol will likely just piss 'em off. It's different than thinking of penetrating clothing and incapacitating a human for sure. If you get close enough to a brown bear to be effective with your .40cal.....that's too close IMO. Hunting and defending are two different doctrines here. If I were you with the 40 S&W.....I'd just go back inside the house. If you're in a tent.........empty that mag and have a spare IMO.
Shotty with slugs at minimum. YMMV
For what it's worth, having lived in Alaska, .44 magnum minimum in a handgun. 12 gauge with slugs to start, 00 buckshot alternate after, as mentioned above. Appropriate bear rifle is probably best, more active hunters can specify which ones.