Man shoots, kills grizzly in Alaska

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    Man shoots, kills grizzly in Alaska

    Guess so. see link below.

    Wow, don't want to have to face that, the problably thought it was a .44mag or .454 Casull.

    Backpacker shoots, kills grizzly in Alaska park - Yahoo! News
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    Legal to carry, but illegal to discharge???

    Sounds like something the antis should latch onto.......

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    I'd surely want something with a bit more penetration and punch, as well.

    Anybody got a .308 NATO pistol handy?

    Had a Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan .44mag once. Stout little beasts, those, but even a hot .44mag out of a short barrel isn't going to have an overpowering amount of penetration and force for such a situation. A lever rifle in (at the very least) .44mag would feel much more comfortable.
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    They're lucky. I wouldn't want to face a Grizzly w/ a .45. It must have been ball ammo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
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    He's lucky, VERY lucky. If the bear had the energy to move 100 feet, he had the energy to continue the attack.

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    I wonder how big the grizzy bear was ??? Also if a .45 was all I had, I would make sure it would be a high capacity 45 like an XD or M&P with FMJ +P ammo and extra magazines....just in case any of the family or friends comes along God Bless

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    I wouldn't want to count on it every time, but it got the job done and they walked away, good enough in my book.
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    My sister spent a summer up in alaska at a fishing lodge, and somebody in the village shot a grizzly bear with I belive a .44mag but I can't be sure - sounds like it took all night to die. Another worker at the same fishing lodge also had a bear encounter and used bear spray and the thing stopped dead in its tracks and ran off. If I were in bear country in AK (or my home state of MT) I would carry a .44 (at least) however going against the gun crowd of the forum I think its wisest to try non lethal bear spray first. I think you're chances are better at overpowering the bears senses and making it think twice and give up or run than killing it in short order when it surprises you with a charge. I'd certainly take both options and hope the bear spray works first and go to option #2 if need be.

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    Here's my question, how can they allow carry in an area but then say you're not allowed to use your weapon if attacked? Isn't that like saying you're allowed to have your car on the street but are not allowed to drive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmdrdredd View Post
    Here's my question, how can they allow carry in an area but then say you're not allowed to use your weapon if attacked? Isn't that like saying you're allowed to have your car on the street but are not allowed to drive?
    I think they mean it is legal to carry, but illegal to discharge, just as it would be in any city, for instance. I'm sure that the extenuating circumstances (being attacked) would get him off the hook.

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    I read a report this year (I think from either AK or MT fish & game) that said that satistically, bear spray is a more effective defense against bears. Just make sure that the wind is not blowing back in your face
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaplain Scott View Post
    I read a report this year (I think from either AK or MT fish & game) that said that satistically, bear spray is a more effective defense against bears. Just make sure that the wind is not blowing back in your face
    Thats what I have heard also. I would never rule out the lethal option, but like I said when its such a gamble you'd hit them hard enough, where it counts to incapacitate/kill them you're chances are better if you can completely overwhelm their senses and essentially incapacitate them by temporary blindness, severe irritation and convince them you're not worth it. A gunshot wound is much more localized and would probably make them more angry! Theres always the alternative option with the bear spray (or like someone said with a .22) is slow down your partner and make a break for it!

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