Can you survive a bear attack?

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    Can you survive a bear attack?

    This woman did... apparently by praying. I prefer a more proactive approach... what would you do?

    Story: What to Do to Survive a Bear Attack - ABC News
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    First off OUCH...I feel for that woman...

    As a armed individual, the only course of action in a situation like hers would be to shoot the bear....
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    I'd likely be shooting at it, throwing everything in my garage at it, yelling at it, and hopefully not getting eaten by it.

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    The vast majority of people do survive bear attacks, but the results are rarely pretty.

    This is the best article I have ever seen on stopping bears. He has lots of experience doing so which I find compelling; not just speaking from theory as many writers who go on about the "how" are simply speaking out their anal orifice:

    https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...uct_list&c=108
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    This is what I carry in a Ruger Speed Six when I go backpacking in bear country Heavy 357 Magnum Ammo - 180 gr. Hard Cast LFN-GC (1,400fps/M.E. 783 ft. lbs.)
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    Prayer worked for Daniel, and he had multiple predator problems .... works for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badey View Post
    "Dear God, turn this 9mm into a S&W 500."
    15 times over...
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    Right..............have taken many bear in my younger days.....most just want to leave when they detect humans although there is always that one with a bad attitude....maybe due to health issues but it always amazed me how much lead they could absorb if they were not dispatched with the first hit. Like a lead sponge, I've seen hunters empty rifle magazines to put'em away....and these were Black Bears from 250 to 500lbs...a 357Mag, maybe for a head shot...wouldn't really rely on that caliber.....something in the .40's is much better.
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    Good article. Thanks for sharing.

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    Sure I can. I'll just make sure my partner is on...crutches.
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    That is entirely up to the bear at the time.
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    I will combine prayer and the brain God gave me to pray for good placement of the bullets I send down range.

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    How many of us carry a gun they they would actually feel comfortable using to take on a charging bear? I carry a .45 ACP and I'm not sure it would be enough to stop a determined bear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stirling XD View Post
    How many of us carry a gun they they would actually feel comfortable using to take on a charging bear? I carry a .45 ACP and I'm not sure it would be enough to stop a determined bear.
    Maybe it wouldn't but I'd be putting at least 15 rounds in it as fast as I could. Hopefully this would hurt it enough that it wanted to leave me and mine alone.
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