Bear Guns

Bear Guns

This is a discussion on Bear Guns within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I just got back from a trip in Alaska. The good news was the weather was great and we caught a 75lb halibut. The bad ...

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    Bear Guns

    I just got back from a trip in Alaska. The good news was the weather was great and we caught a 75lb halibut. The bad news was there was two separate bear attacks during the short two weeks I was there. Bear attacks are a very real threat up there and the people living in that kind of situation that I met were well prepared to fend off such an attack. When I was in the small town near our cabin, I got into a conversation with some locals about what kind of weapons to use against a bear. Each of the old salty well experienced men had a different approach to selection of a bear gun.
    One carried a semi auto Remington shotgun loaded with slugs
    One carried a 10mm Glock 20C
    One carried a .44 Magnum Revolver
    And one actually used a questionable (and im guessing illegal) sawn-off double barreled shotgun loaded with buckshot
    On another note, almost every store that sold firearms up there wasn't without a few of the mammoth Smith and Wesson X Frame revolvers chambered in .460 S&W Magnum or 500 S&W Magnum
    Anybody here carry a certain weapon to defend against bear or other large dangerous wildlife?
    GUN CONTROL IS USING BOTH HANDS

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    I'm a firm believer that if stopping a CHARGING grizzly is the objective then a dbl. barreled 10 ga. shotgun with slugs is the way to go. Ya ain't gonna get off more than two shots anyway and they might as well be tank stoppers.

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    My bear guns


    My friend has his bush carry permit and carries, a Ruger 454casul, the same 12" 870clone and bear spray, there are 125 Grizzlies within 25miles of his house.

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    wow
    what kind of shotgun is the bottom one with the Knoxx stock?
    and does the knoxx stock help with recoil as much as it claims?
    GUN CONTROL IS USING BOTH HANDS

    I believe its a shoulder thing that goes up - Carolyn McCarthy (D)

    The muzzle end of a .45 pretty much says go away in every language.
    -Clint Smith

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    It's a 590, and the stock is wonderful, although also put a Limbsaver pad on it as well, I hate recoil!!! I am ordering another one for the smaller gun as well!

    The issue with the 590 is that the controls work great (better in my opinion than the 870) with a traditional stock, but not so much with the specops stock. chatted to Blackhawk at SHOT about this issue, they said they are aware of it and considering options. The 870 controls work well with the Spec-ops stock. It does change how you handle the gun, and you need to relearn your cheek weld, but it is worth it.

    i find the 20" 590 a bit long in the bush, hence me getting the 12" gun

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    well it looks great
    makes me wish washington allowed short barreled rifles and shotguns
    GUN CONTROL IS USING BOTH HANDS

    I believe its a shoulder thing that goes up - Carolyn McCarthy (D)

    The muzzle end of a .45 pretty much says go away in every language.
    -Clint Smith

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    Marlin guide gun in 45/70
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    This thread has me laughing. I dreamed about big bears in Texas last night and find this thread on the Forum this morning.

    A Winchester Model 70 in .375 H&H Magnum awaits any big bears that show up here.

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    IMHO, another time where a 12 guage with slugs would be perfect. I don't know if I'd be willing to try out a pistol on something like a bear coming at me.

    Other than that, a nice rifle would get it done. I'm personally a fan of shotguns.
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    For Bears I'm a fan of two guns.

    The 4" .44 Magnum is great to have on you while squatting and "taking a dump". The short barrelled 12 Guage is what I prefer when I have my hands free.

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    If I'm in bear country I borrow Sundance's 50 cal. smithy and take my 44 magnum!

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    My dangerous game gun is the Ruger Alaskan 454/45LC.

    I'm only in their AO when on Search and Rescue missions in the Superstition Mtns of Az. [ yes, we have bear out here in the desert that can range from 200 to 400 pounds ]. If it weren't for the bear possibilities, the 357 would suffice on mountain lion or Javelina.

    It's impossible to be carrying a 45+ pound pack and carry a long gun. Both hands are already busy with hiking poles for balance in the rough terrain of the region.

    The pistol doesn't seem to weigh as much as it actually does in the belt holster I bought for it. I mention that as every once makes a difference in the blistering heat of the desert.

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