This is a discussion on Headed into "Bear Country". What should I carry with me? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Chaplain Scott You wanna carry a handgun, go right ahead........... I don't think anyone is kidding themselves on that any handgun will ...
I favor aimed shots over spray and pray with a magnum round. If his theory about the recoil of a revolver is true for most people and they can't aim accurately for follow up shots then that is spray and pray anyway. So I still don't see his logic on that point. Spray and pray with a 9mm or with a .44 or .357 mag?
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Guys he is coming to Colorado not Alaska or Montana. He will not need all that heavy iron. We from Colorado have given him good advice. The bears here are not indestructible. They run most of the time when encountered. Mountian lions are probably a bigger danger because they will stalk you if they think you are a good choice for food.
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MountianPacker, You and I have simalar tastes. I like my 629 and carry it alot. Especially when hunting. It packs real nice. I use a Uncle Mike's holster because I usually wind up in snow or rain. I don't have to worry about leather rotting or cracking.
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Here's a video I love to refer to of a charging sow with a cub. Notice how her ears are up....usually a sign she is bluff charging. None the less, it gives you an idea of how difficult it is to hit the CNS under extreme duress. This guy said he was trying to miss her, but I have my doubts. I would never allow a bear to get that close without trying for a hit. Sows with cubs are a nightmare. Notice how the cub followed. Many times you will see a sow with 2 full grown cubs and you better hope you can leave the area without a charge. There is another video called Bow Hunters Grizzly Charge that shows a sow coming after 2 guys in a raft with her ears pinned back. Both of these incidents are lucky the bear was turned by the shot. Many people are not that lucky.
Grizzly charge captured by B.C. filmmaker.mp4 - YouTube
Please read the DOW reference on lions - for adults you have little to worry about in all honesty. You could live out here for 25 years and never see or hear one.
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When I lived in Denver and camped in the mountains, the biggest threat I ever encountered were the two legged variety......and one big ass Moose that nearly trampled
me while I was sleeping....He saw me coming out of my tent and hauled the opposite direction.
I would carry:
Glock 19 9mm for the two legged variety
Glock 29SF 10mm for everything else
....and a large bore rifle loaded with your favorite round.
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Couldn't agree more! Much more worried about lions than bears. I ran into a lion last summer at night. But since there is a one in billion chance I might stumble into Colorado's last Grizz! I think that justifies that new 629 I have been yearning for
I think my 357 or a 45 is more than adequate for a Lion. I actually saw someone bring one down with a 45 out of a tree.
NO real experience....but have read a bit about what people in AK carry in Grizzly country. Most like a 12ga with slugs and OO buck or a hard hitting rifle like a Marlin in 45-70. A handgun is a weapon of last-resort with BIG animals like this!
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I bought a Glock 20SF to have as a back up to my .270 while hunting white tail deer. The 20SF is in case I startle a big backie. A 450 pounder was nailed w/ a bow last year. Usually black bear in my area are only about 250.
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That would be a Marlin Guide Gun in 45/70
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