This is a discussion on What Caliber Vs. a Grizzly? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by lchamp Back in the 60s, when I used to fly above the arctic circle, we used to carry .357 armor piercing rounds ...
I would only go into griz country with a .44 mag or a .454 Casull
When I am in Grizzly country in north central, and far north east Washington; I carry a 444 Marlin® with Beartooth® 325gr WFNGC hardcast boolits, a 41 Remington® Magnum handgun w/Beartooth® 265gr WLNGC hardcast boolits, and Bear Spray.
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What the ad doesn't say is the bear choked to death on the gun after eating its owner.
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Depends on what your hardware is
Bolt-action calibers include the .300 and .338 Winchester Magnums, .300 and .340 Weatherby Magnums, .375 H&H Magnum and the .458 Winchester Magnum.
The .45-70 Government, .444 Marlin and .450 Marlin are very powerful cartridges that can be used to to humanly dispatch the Bruin
The single-shot action is a specialized type of rifle. It can be chambered in powerful calibers, but they should only be used on dangerous game by seasoned shooters. Calibers deemed too powerful for a bolt action can be handled quite safely in a strong, modern single-shot firearm. The drawback is that only one shot can be fired at a time. Single-shot rifle calibers recommended for grizzly bears include .338 Winchester Magnum, .375 H&H Magnum and .458 Winchester Magnum.
The .375 H&H, .404 Jeffrey, .450 Lott, .450-400, .500 Nitro-Express and the tremendously powerful .505 Gibbs are calibers that can be recommended for use in double rifles against grizzly
Hand gun, 500 S&W or 454 casull. 44 mag he's already on top of you and has your head in his mouth. These animals have a savage rage.
Just my opinion.
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Hmmmm give me a R.P.G. Then Ill be good to go for bear country.
OMG!! That freaking cracked me up...good thing I had already put my drink downWhat the ad doesn't say is the bear choked to death on the gun after eating its owner.
You know, I wonder IF a 0.25 could defeat a grizzly once a grizzly was facing you? A neck->CNS hit should still be enough, but I don't really know if there're any places on a grizzly (facing you) where the bullet could go deeply enough to stop it.
I might be underestimating the power of this round to go through fur, skin, and muscle - but I don't know if I am.
I was once up in alaska salmon fishing and had a grizz charge me and my fishing partner. He decided to shoot, so he emptied his .44mag all six shots and the bear kept running. Luckley I always carry an 18" shotgun with slugs in alaska, needless to say it took 2, 3" slugs to finally put him down. I would not reccomend any handgun vs a grizz. as long as you have the choice a shotgun is king.
Hmmm, well the only reason I ever find myself in bear country is because I'm hunting with a rifle & my two favorite rifles are 30/06 & .375 H&H. So 06 for the little bears .375 for the big bears.
Time to worry 'bout BG's is back in a town. Then it would be most of the time a .45acp.