In grizzly country, I won't carry anything short of a 12ga. with 3" magnum hard-cast slugs if I have a choice.
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Best for bear defence would be BEAR SPRAY, everone carry a large can . If you ask this question in alaska that will be the answer more times than not first given. Then a shot gun with slugs. That would assume you have time to cover your butt. When a grizzly ran run up to 40mph not much to react.
S&W 500 or Ruger 500 were designed for that, but I'm inclined to agree that they are probably so violent to shoot, you may not get a follow-up shot on target, especially if it's charging at you. I personally would carry the shotgun (a fast autoloader) and a .45acp 1911A1 loaded with some Hornady Critical Defense Ammo. There's not many things a .45 won't knock down (designed to stop islanders from lopping off the heads of Marines-hence the leather collars-Leathernecks-that were hopped up on coco leaves (cocain). Pretty much anywhere they took a hit, they got knocked down. Add that to rapid follow-up of about 8 rounds accurately delivered and the bear would probably be toast. Most of those big guns are gonna kick-back or raise up so much, it's hard to use them after the first shot. I've owned some pretty large ones and the S&W Model 29 in .44mag is good, but I would still prefer the 1911. Actually the most knockdown you can get from a cartridge up to that is probably the .45LC or Long Colt round out of a revolver...until you get into the exotics like the .454, .500's ,etc. and the price is about as big as the caliber! If it's so exotic you can't practice regularly with the thing, you are not going to be familiar with it and will probably miss the target.
If I can't have my Remington 870 Magnum, I at least want a 44 Mag or 454 Casull.
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Handgun? Nothing less than a 44 Magnum but I would prefer a .458 SOCOM 225px-458SOCOM.jpg
I think The ,458 is what I will hunt Bigfoot with when I get my expedition together. I love the AR platform and like the ballistics of a heavy up to 600gr bullet. Just something about putting a thumb size hole in anything that says it will slow it down.
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Why would a grizzly want a handgun?
Well I live in Wyoming and yes we have grizzly in Wyoming. This is just my opinion and that is go to Yellowstone and enjoy it from the roads in your car, there is absolutely no reason to hike in grizzly country. We have millions of acres that are in the mountains not in bear country for hunting, hiking and camping around here so why even venture into these areas? If I absolutely had to venture into bear country than it would be the 12 gauge 870 with 00 buck alternating with slugs and the 44 mag for back up. The wife and I try to visit in Yellowstone area at least once a year and we have seen grizzlies and I like seeing them especially when I'm in the car and they are at least a few hundred yards away. Personally I wouldn't really want to meet one face to face in their territory no matter what I was carrying.
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If grizzly is the problem, I don't think I'm going anywhere with just a pistol, I don't care what the caliber. Shotgun/slug is the ticket ... or, my personal preference, a Marlin guide gun in 45-70, packin' Garrett's Hammerhead +P ammo (Garrett Cartridges Inc.). Hammerheads will rip that bear stem to stern.
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